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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....

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 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....
How to Compost Nuts

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...
How to Use Arugula as a Cover Crop

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...

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...
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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...

50 Homemade Fertilizers and Soil Amendments: eBOOK – EASY, ORGANIC Recipes for EDIBLE GARDENS

Gardeners around the globe want to know how to make organic fertilizer. Homemade fertilizers can be inexpensive and effective if you know: how...
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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,...
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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...