Worms

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Interviews with Cindy Rajhel of Home Grown Fun

Host Mike Podlesny of the Vegetable Gardening Podcast talks with Cindy about innovative school gardens and making your own fertilizers and soil amendments. Host Dave Ledoux of Back to My Garden talks with Cindy about nature appreciation, watermelon pickles and the secrets of Home Grown Fun! For more podcasts with garden gurus visit these links: Vegetable Gardening Podcast Back to My Garden Podcast... »

Worm model for school

Model of a Red Wiggler Worm

I love composting with red wiggler worms. I started many years ago and have brought them with me when I moved. I’ve given away more than 20 worm bins to kids and adults. When I bring worms in to school, they quickly captivate even the most squeamish. It’s fun to show children how a red wiggler works. I made this model out of a pool noodle! First I scored rings along the entire worm wit... »

how to harvest worm castings quickly

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 to separate the worms from the castings. The most pop... »

Worm Composting FAQs

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 fine if there are baby worms and larger worms in the mix. You will wonder if you hav... »

Best Foods to Feed Red Wiggler Composting Worms

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 spicy or really gaseous will make them happy.  Non-citrus fruit work best, such ... »

Compost Fair HOW TO

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.   »

Teach Kids About Composting – VIDEO

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 soil. The lunch with the principal ... »

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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 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 and ice for weeks and hatch into healthy littl... »

How To Compost with Worms and Solve Common Problems VIDEO

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. Worm castings are safe to handle, make the purest form of plant food and repel bugs and fungus. Worm compost doesn̵... »

The Talk – Worm Bin Comics

The Talk – Worm Bin Comics

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