Category Archives: Free Stuff for Learning

Garden Cartoons-Worm Composting Red Wigglers

Worm Composting Red Wigglers??  I found these cute pages that are like garden cartoons about worm composting with red wigglers from the University of Illinois Extension.  These are great garden comics that will help kids when it comes to worm composting.  Here is a picture of red wigglers with some cucumber skins that are half eaten.  Red wigglers are smaller than night-crawlers.

Great Way to Learn About Worm Composting Red Wigglers

These garden cartoons teach all about vermicomposting and worms with a cute cartoon worm character–Squirmin Herman the Worm. This is a very educational and fun site for kids and adults.  Check out Herman’s fun place for games and more fun.  Click on worm composting to learn more about how to compost with worms.

Vermicomposting for Home Schools and Classroom Projects

It is a great science experiment to worm compost for home schools and in classrooms.  Kids really get into worms and what better way to teach biology and all about composting which is in essence recycling.  I prepared an educational Power Point all about worms and worm composting that I made into a video.  Another great educational experience for kids and learning.  Click below for this free worm composting Power Point video.

Download My PowerPoint Video, an Introduction to Worm Composting!

I created a PowerPoint video which I saved as a movie, as an Introduction to Worm Composting. This is a very good introduction with my own photos and video clips on my experiences with worm composting. I tell you what common mistakes I have made to save you from making these mistakes yourself:

  1.  Download the Power Point/video to your computer for free.

Click on this link which will take you to Gumroad, a secure site, where you can download my products.  Click on “I Want This”.  Through Gumroad you will be able to download my complete video.

Here is a preview from YouTube of my PowerPoint video:  the Introduction and Chapter 1:

Free Starbucks Coffee Grounds

Check out your local Starbucks for free starbucks coffee grounds.  There is one store that is located near where I live.  If I call in the morning they will save coffee grounds for my to pick up.  And then I use them in my garden or in my compost!  Even though coffee is acidic,  the acid goes into the coffee leaving the coffee grounds almost neutral.

I Used Free StarBucks Coffee Grounds in My Last Batch of CompostFree Starbucks Coffee Grounds for Compost

One difference with my last batch of compost is that we discovered free Starbucks Coffee grounds.  Some stores package them and leave them out in silver bags in a wicker basket, free for the taking.  Even though the grounds are brown colored they are considered greens and not browns because they are high in nitrogen.  They have to be mixed with browns or carbon to compost properly.  The shredded leaves worked great for this process.

Getting StarBucks Coffee Grounds on the NJ Turnpike

We had a very good experience with a Starbucks store on the NJ Turnpike.  We asked for used  grounds because their basket holding the silver bags was empty.  There was a long line waiting for coffee so they said no they are too busy.  Then this young guy reconsidered and said, “Sure, I’ll get some for you!”  He emptied the whole trash can into a plastic bag which was very heavy.  And then he decided he needed a break so he carried it to our car.  What great service and what a lot of coffee grounds!  You don’t get nearly that much in a silver bag.  I think all the used Starbucks coffee grounds greatly enhanced and sped up our composting process.  Thanks to Starbucks–a company contributing to our environment by recycling all those coffee grounds and keeping them out of the landfills.