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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, 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 treatment. It IS regulated but onl... »

Uses for straw and using straw for mulch in the garden

Difference Between Straw and Hay with Cartoons

Until recently, I thought hay and straw were the same thing. Hayrides, barn floors, over-stuffed scarecrows and cows munching on grass – that’s what I knew growing up in Maine. I went to the Scarborough Fair and checked out the 4-H animals but never payed attention to the stuff. Now I know the basics and it seems so obvious that “Hay IS for Horses”. These fun facts and imag... »

homemade organic fertilizer

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 banana peels on my vegetables. See more pict... »

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.   »

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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... »

Review of the Lifetime Compost Tumbler

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 the patience and tools (or a handy friend that can put this together for you) give it a shot. More tips be... »

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... »

Pros and Cons of the Urban Compost Tumbler

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 full sun and once filled, do not keep adding to it, you will be able to produce great compost quickly. Add 1/2 br... »

Funny Ways to Recycle Human Hair and Stay Green

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 your part to protect the earth, give at least one of these ideas a try today: Birds could use your hai... »

Compost Cartoon Joke Comedy

Comedy in Compost – Salon Rakeover

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The Crazy Things You Can Compost

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 compost to work well. An easy way to approach it i... »

How Worms Make Compost

Worm Composting Benefits – How Worms See It – Health Survey

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manure safe for garden

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 bacteria. For us home gardeners, applying fre... »

Trash Your Homework!

Trash Your Homework!

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