Monthly Archives: December 2010

Worm Castings in 14 Days

Worm castings in 14 days!  This sounds like a dream!  The worms used in this process are the African Nightcrawlers which need to be kept above 65 degrees.  70 degrees is even better.  This produces nice crumbly vermicompost–different from that produced by my red wigglers.  My worm compost is wet and could be called a little muddy.

When I read about this I wanted to try it but my house is just too cold and I don’t think they will do well.  I think I will give it a try in the summer.

Update January 2017:

Please see these links about this business that claims worm castings in 14 days:
Scam Alert for this process.

Better Business Bureau Report

Dirt! The Movie

Have you ever wondered how dirt came into being or how extremely important it is in our lives?  We just walk on it all the time and take it for granted most of the time until you try to grow vegetables or grass. Have you ever wondered what our Earth would look like if there were no such living beings called decomposers such as insects, worms, fungi, bacteria breaking things down into dirt? There are “more decomposers in a spoonful of dirt than there are people on Earth.”  This is from a kid’s book called Do It Yourself Composting by Buffy Silverman.

I just finished watching Dirt! The Movie and I stand in awe of dirt–something I never really thought about before.  Dirt! The Movie is an excellent documentary about soil and how important and valuable it is.  It shows how we are destroying dirt all over the world in different ways.

Jamie Lee Curtis is the narrator and introduces the movie by saying, “of all the planets, in all the galaxies of the known universe only one is covered by a living breathing skin called dirt.” Several experts and visionaries offer their thoughts in the introduction.  The movie is adapted from Bill Logan’s essays which are published in “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”.  He is one of the guests in the movie saying that one reason he wrote a book about dirt was largely because everywhere he went in New York people didn’t seem to believe in dirt or didn’t seem to believe that nature existed at all.

I highly recommend watching this video.  You can buy Dirt! The Movie from Amazon, watch it on Hulu for free or maybe your local library has it.  Neflix has it on streaming video which is where I watched it. Happy New Year to all!

Go Green-Compost Wasted Food and Kitchen Scraps

Go green-compost wasted food and kitchen scraps!  You would be amazed by how many food scraps you throw away.  In an article in the NY Times: From Farm to Fridge to Garbage Can  Tara Parker-Pope talks about how much wasted food there is in the US.  From rotting food in the fields to food scraps getting lost in the refrigerator.  Several studies were done estimating that we waste about 25% of the food that we buy.

The wasted food from our homes ends up in the landfill unless we do something ourselves to process it and keep it out of the garbage.  We are running out of space for landfills in some areas of our country.  Kitchen scraps make up approximately 20% of what is in our landfills.  When this food rots in an anaerobic environment it produces methane gas which is a greenhouse gas and contributes to global warming.

Go Green Compost Wasted FoodAnother issue about food rotting in landfills is that it could really be rotting in compost piles or vermicomposters, using aerobic processes which could give the goodness of the food back to our land.  In a local government website that encourages composting they state that their only landfill is already half full.  They recommend vermicomposting or soil incorporation.  Because of a rodent problem in that area, composting food scraps in compost bins is not permitted.  Soil incorporation involves burying your food scraps underground.  I have often buried my food scraps and it works out well.  You get exercise digging the holes and the scraps enrich your garden soil.  They decompose quickly.  I have gone back after a few weeks to see their status and mostly they have disappeared.  Once you have the food scraps in the hole you need to chop them into smaller particles with the shovel and mix them into the dirt.  This speeds the decomposition process.

So, go green this New Year and consider recycling your food scraps with vermicomposting, composting or soil incorporation.  In my experience worm composting will not take care of all your food scraps so consider a secondary composting method also.

What better way to start a new, greener year than to make a commitment to some type of composting.  It works out well for all of us and the Earth, the soil, the environment, all the organisms that live in the soil and for the landfills!

Happy Holidays to all!