Here’s the Dirt on Raising Worms

Red Wiggler Worm
Red Wiggler Worm
Red Wiggler Worm

Most of us probably remember a time when we were children, and we discovered the earthworm. Most likely, the wiggly thing was crawling on the surface of the soil after a rain, or maybe it had crawled onto the driveway. Or, perhaps, a robin was flying off with a big worm in her mouth. Regardless of the situation, an adult was probably quick to tell you that earthworms are good for the soil. Most likely, you have just believed this for your entire life. Well, it is entirely true.

Worms help process organic matter. They will turn your kitchen scraps into compost much more quickly than the other organisms naturally in the ground. This is called vermicomposting. A worm can be expected to eat ¼- ½ of its weight in organic material every day. They don’t actually eat the food scraps, they eat the protozoans and microbes that result as the food rots. Continue reading Here’s the Dirt on Raising Worms

Introduction to Raised Bed Gardens

Raised Bed Garden

There are many advantages to growing plants in raised beds. These include better drainage, and earlier planting due to the soil drying out quicker, and becoming warm earlier. Plants will have an easier time working their way down into the soil because a raised bed is usually less compacted than regular garden soil. A raised bed also eliminates a lot of bending and kneeling. Some raised beds are so tall, that people in wheelchairs can enjoy working with plants and soil.

The Raised Bed in its simplest form, is to simply rake up a large pile of dirt, pack it down slightly, and plant your seeds. Continue reading Introduction to Raised Bed Gardens