Go Green – Make Money – Save the Earth
Well, maybe not all that, but since “green” means healthy for the grass and all kinds of other things that grow from the ground, we should consider a few ways a composting worm bin serves our ecosystem.
If you are already into “Growing Your Own” vegetables or fruit in your garden or a container outside the backdoor, organic soil production, which is commonly called ”Black Gold” organic compost, you are already producing a healthy living for yourself and others around you.
Did you know the potent natural liquid feed from a worm farm can give your vegetables, fruit trees, and bushes a natural supplement that can increase your intake up to 30%? Folks that is 30% more food! Not processed factory food, but real food, from the ground, using a natural organic compost created from your very own Worm Bin!
Plus, you do not have to shell out dollars for a commercial wormery or worm bin by building your own worm bin. This is good news. But if you want to go commercial, you can with a three-tier setup, and once you have your bin working as it should, you will be creating organic compost or vermicompost quickly.
One little ad stating in a local newspaper stating “Organic Compost for Sale,” I guarantee your phone will be ringing off the hook, and you will not be able to catch up. The supply is low. The demand is high!
Why do you suppose the demand for soil to plant vegetables are so high? Well, the answer is simple, everybody in the world knows at least one person, directly or indirectly, who died of cancer. I would venture to say that it will rise to know one person in your family who will die of cancer.
It doesn’t take a “Frankenstein” looking laboratory to generate compost. It’s straightforward to produce, and you can run the bin in your sleep, just after a few weeks. It’s that easy!
There are plenty of books on this subject, and some are space fillers, others have really detailed information that you can try to consume and learn, and some are easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to follow. The latter is the type of book I like, almost like step-by-step instructions with some insight into why and how you are doing this or that step.
I can say this: vermicomposting, organic compost or “Black Gold” will be very expensive here soon. You can really tap into this market if you learn the simple methods and really enjoy it. That is the key, not to make a worm farm to produce soil and make money, but get your hands dirty (pardon the pun) and learn the effect on your health and our world.
One best books I found on the subject is from my buddy Gareth. He lives in the UK and has made what I consider the perfect book on this subject, plus he through in some information on beehives, planting in tight spots, and more. It’s actually an absolutely perfect combination of how to start a wormery, how to maintain it, and how to earn from it.
I truly predict that soil’s ‘BLACK GOLD” will be as lucrative as the other black gold known as “oil.” Both come from the ground, and one keeps our machines running, and the other keeps our bodies running.
Using Shredded Leaves as Compost
Shredded leaves make excellent and effective mulch for your spring garden. Making mulch from your fallen fall leaves is not difficult. You can shred leaves with your lawnmower or a leaf shredder. Shredding leaves and piling them into a compost bin, or if you don’t have a compost bin, a large, heavy plastic yard bag works well too.
Add the leaves in layers, and on each layer, add a handful of either urea, ammonium nitrate, or bone meal. Either is found in your local garden center. Any of these will provide the needed nitrogen to help break down the leaves.
Continue to add leaves to your bag, and when full, add enough water only to saturate them ( not soak ). If you used a compost bin, cover it with a heavy tarp or heavy plastic in the winter and mix it in early spring. If you used a heavy plastic bag, turn it occasionally during the winter.
In the spring, add your leaf mulch to your garden soil. If you notice white spots on the leaves, don’t worry, it’s a leaf fungus that adds nutrients to the mulch.
Leaf mulch is very light in weight and easy to apply, and your garden soil will have the added benefits of carbon-rich leaves and high nitrogen compost when mixed right into your garden in the spring.
Shredded leaves decompose faster, and always be careful of the type of leaves you plan to use as compost. Leaves such as walnut, camphor laurel, or eucalyptus contain substances that will inhibit plant growth. These types of leaves should be thoroughly composted before they are added to your garden soil.
Shredded leaves can also be added directly to your soil, but add a slow-releasing nitrogen fertilizer to help the leaves decompose as it helps to make sure the natural soil microbes won’t use all the nitrogen.
Remember that when whole unshredded leaves are added to your soil, they can form a barrier, and water cannot penetrate through them, so shredding is always best.
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