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How to make soil in January
By Autumn Sands, HopCat & BarFly Sustainability Manager | January 1, 2018
Sustainability, Composting

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! If any of your New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier, starting a garden, saving money, getting closer to nature, cutting the amount of trash you send to the landfill, trying to be more “green,” or even all of the above…

Start composting. In winter. In your home.

How? Worms! Red Wigglers to be exact. Worms will literally eat your garbage and turn it into soil. It may sound weird or gross but once you get started you will be amazed at how easy it is. Worms can double in population about every 90 days and can also eat their weight in about 1 day.

Worms love fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, filters, tea leaves, rinsed-off and crushed up eggshells, starchy foods such as bread, oatmeal, rice, and pasta, shredded paper, and yard waste such as fallen leaves and dried grass clippings.

The byproduct “vermicompost” (worm poop) contains more nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium than ordinary soil. It is a natural, beautiful, nutrient-dense delicacy for your plants, and it is made from what used to just be tossed into your garbage.

All that worms need are a breathable container, a little bedding, moisture, oxygen, food, darkness, and warm (but not hot) temperatures. There are a variety of containers that will work, and bedding can be made from shredded newspaper or brown paper bag strips, leaves, dye/chemical- free mulch, or coconut coir.

Here are some links to help you get started. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Cornell.edu: Worm Composting Basics

Red Worm Composting: Getting Started

Worm Composting Headquarters

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