Homemade Seed Starting Mix and Simple DIY Potting Soil Recipe

You can make your own seed starting mix and potting soil at home with the same recipe! You’ll need: One regular sized brick of coconut coir. This will make approximately 2 gallons (8 quarts) of medium. One gallon (4 quarts) of organic compost (NO MANURE) One gallon (4 quarts) of vermiculite (not a huge bag Read More

Collect Worm Castings the Easy Way

You’ve started composting with worms. They’re eating the food scraps and the bedding just like they’re supposed to. The contents of the bin will be dark and earthy, almost like coffee grounds. Now how do you harvest the castings without spending all day picking out the worms? Mountain Method There are several methods that work Read More

How to Compost Acorns

How do you Compost Acorns? Apparently, very carelessly! There is a lengthy article in Scientific American about using acorns as a food source. As you can imagine there are plenty of caveats – they’re not the most renewable material and they require lots of processing – the tannins need to be leached out well before Read More

Using Edible Cover Crops and Green Manures in the Home Garden

I always seem to plant too much arugula and mustard greens – seeds are so tiny. Luckily, I discovered years ago that they make a wonderful cover crop for smaller spaces. Plant arugula to eat, protect the soil, control weeds and add nutrients. If you live in a cold climate, they’ll naturally decompose over winter. Read More

Is Sewage Sludge a Safe Fertilizer? What are Biosolids?

WHAT IS SEWAGE SLUDGE? Sewage sludge is a byproduct of water treatment plants and as you can imagine it’s plentiful. It comes from homes, hospitals and businesses – anything flushed or dumped down the drain. You’ve got human fecal matter, heavy metals, pathogens, pharmaceuticals, and hundreds of contaminants that are not fully removed even after Read More

10 Natural Fertilizer Recipes

Go no further than your pantry, backyard or the beach for materials to make your own organic fertilizer: BANANA PEELS  –  Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply throw one or two peels in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so they can compost naturally. Get bigger and more blooms. I also use Read More

Worm Composting FAQs

What kinds of worms are best for composting? Red Wigglers are the most highly recommended composting worms. Other worms that you find in your garden may not survive in a bin. How many worms should I start with? Recommend you start with 1 pound, purchased from a reputable worm grower online or in person. It’s Read More

Best Foods to Feed Red Wiggler Composting Worms

We’ve tried a bunch of foods in our bins at home and have a nice list for you to keep things simple. It’s easy to make worms happy if you feed your red worms a variety of foods they love. LOVE: Vegetable scraps: apple cores, peels, carrot tops and wilted lettuce or trimmings. Any vegetable that’s not Read More

5 Tips for Buying a Compost Tumbler

There are rolling drums, spheres and crank operated models. Some compost tumblers sit on a sturdy base and tumble vertically. Some rotate horizontally on rollers. If you want to invent the next workout craze, get together with some friends and roll around those ball-like tumblers. On second thought, this could cause too much frustration – they Read More

Compost Fair HOW TO

The Home Grown Fun Family put on a composting fair at an elementary school in Southern California. Check out how we did it. Create your own and improve on our ideas! See the video  and notice that we had several learning stations and exhibits. Contact us and we can send you our plan and some tips. Read More

Teach Kids About Composting – VIDEO

A video that shows composting is fun!  Kids love learning how it helps the environment and makes awesome garden soil! Kids moved from station to station and learned how keeping household waste away from landfills prevents dangerous gases from rising into the air and seeping into the ground! They were amazed that food scraps can be recycled to make awesome garden Read More

5 Entertaining Facts about Red Worm Eggs

Take a gander at this close-up of a red worm cocoon – looks like a miniature lemon. These little baby sacks are fascinating! 5 Fun Facts About Red Worm Eggs 1)  Walt Disney may not be cryogenically frozen under Disneyland… but it’s no urban legend that red worms can survive a deep freeze. Worm cocoons can hang out unprotected in snow Read More

Review of the Lifetime Compost Tumbler

Have you seen this tumbler? It’s $98 bucks at Costco!  But hold off a bit before you lay down a hundred smackers on this seemingly great deal. UPDATE ON PERFORMANCE Our first batch of compost came out pretty good. It took 2.5 months to get this: 18 days after start of batch: If you have Read More

How To Compost with Worms and Solve Common Problems VIDEO

Vermicomposting has taken off at homes and schools. It’s fun and makes the best fertilizer nature has to offer. By recycling food waste properly, we keep the yukky stuff out of our landfills and prevent dangerous gases from releasing into the air and seeping into the earth. We just added a new guide, “How To Compost with Worms”. Read More

Pros and Cons of the Urban Compost Tumbler

Urban Compost Tumbler We have the largest model (9.5 cubic ft) and it has given us compost in 4 weeks. The larger the better if you are serious about composting. If you would like to try it out, go for a smaller model or one that is less expensive. How It’s Used If you keep it in Read More

Funny Ways to Recycle Human Hair and Stay Green

Hair is a renewable resource! Pounds of hair get wasted every day and lost in landfills. Like tumbleweeds rolling around in the desert, these misplaced clumps and drainage gooh can be put to use for the good of humanity. There are plenty of ways you can reuse human hair and if you are ready to do Read More

The Crazy Things You Can Compost

Wowza – you’ve probably got a bunch of this stuff hanging around your house. Once used, it can be composted into soil amendment!  Top 5 Tips for the Best Compost Mix You can compost almost anything but meat, cheese and fatty/greasy foods. There are Brown (carbon-rich) materials and Green (nitrogen-rich) materials. You need both for the Read More

5 Tips for Using Manures in the Garden

Before you “poop your plants” LOL, learn these key handling and processing techniques to keep you and your plants free from contamination and sickness. Here’s the scoop on the poop: 1. Fresh Ain’t Best! Never Use New Manure Near Your Edibles Manure is a prime source of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. It’s also rich in Read More