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Composting

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by on May 7, 2013

TweetOne of our favorite topics: composting!  They’re doing it in India to start gardens and we can do it here too!  Want to learn how to compost?  We have several articles to help you learn about the process.  My favorite part about composting?  Knowing that all of the food scraps (and there are many) go […]

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TweetQUESTION: I’ve always heard that composting requires a lot of heat to work. Is cold weather composting possible, and if so, how? It is true that compost needs heat. The heat produced by a compost pile is a byproduct of the breakdown of the compost material on a microbial level and temperatures can vary quite […]

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Tweet We’ve survived the crucial first week of new year’s resolutions 2013, so let’s zero in one one of the bets garden resolutions you can make – composting. The biggest (at least most common) obstacle to composting in the urban garden is that there is no room for the old school compost pile, and when […]

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Tweet If you have a yard, this is the time of year that it is probably covered with leaves. If you are a gardener, those brown, red, and yellow mess makers are pure gold if you know how to make the most of them. Let’s take a look at how to compost leaves in just […]

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Tweet Everyone knows that composting our kitchen and garden waste is a good thing to do for a variety of reasons. Everyone has been saving all of their scraps and using their composting system of choice, and now that we have all of this rich, dark, compost to work with, how do we use it […]

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UrbanFig: How to Use Worm Tea

How to Use Worm Tea

by on August 17, 2012

Tweet We have had a few questions recently about the proper use of worm tea (the tea made from worm castings or worm poop) in the garden, so we wanted to give some pointers to clear up a few misconceptions. The most important thing to remember about using worm tea in the urban garden is […]

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Tweet What is Worm Tea? Worm tea is worm compost / worm castings / vermicast that has been soaked in water long enough for the incredible nutrients and beneficial bacteria to become water soluble. How is Worm Tea Made? Worm tea is typically made with the use of three primary ingredients: worm castings water sugar […]

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TweetI am now into my 3rd week as a vermicomposter and I am already an addict. There is something uniquely satisfying about feeding kitchen scraps and shredded paper to an industrious nest of earthworms and seeing that waste turned into gardening gold in a matter of days.  I’ve been daydreaming lately about how I plan […]

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Tweet I have just received my very own Worm Factory from Nature’s Footprint to review and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. The Worm Factory is designed to take all of the guesswork and difficulty out of worm composting and to make it possible for urban dwellers to reap the benefits of composting […]

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Tweet At UrbanFig it is obvious that we are pretty passionate about composting as a way to help the environment, to less the load on our bloated landfills and to give us an incredible soil amendment that doesn’t cost a thing.  Because I get lots of questions on the topic, I thought I would put […]

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UrbanFig: Coffee Grounds

3 Simple Soil Building Tips

by on February 22, 2012

Tweet Good quality soil is at the heart of every good garden and urban gardens are no exception. Here are three simple soil building tips that you can begin using today: 1. Compost your coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are plentiful and beneficial to the garden because they are high in nitrogen (about 2% according to […]

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Tweet I am the first to admit that I am more than a little obsessed with compost. From a young age (before I was even growing a garden of my own) I was fascinated with the idea that waste could become a valuable resource and I never understood why more people weren’t equally obsessed. Hello? […]

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TweetIs it possible to enjoy the benefits of winter composting in an urban setting? DID YOU KNOW? Estimates say that as high as 25% of landfills are filled with food waste that doesn’t break down appropriately in a traditional landfill. The anaerobic methods employed in our bloated landfills today don’t allow for the proper degradation […]

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UrbanFig: Using Worm Castings & Worm Tea

Using Worm Castings & Worm Tea

by on October 28, 2011

TweetHOW DO I USE MY VERMICOMPOST & WORM CASTINGS? Vermicompost is a mixture of humus, worm castings and decomposing matter. Worm castings look like rich soil, it is dark and crumbly. Most food will be broken down and active microorganisms will have dwindled. Both are gold for the garden. Use them sparingly and with clear intent. […]

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UrbanFig: 8 Steps to Worm Composting

8 Steps to Worm Composting

by on October 24, 2011

Tweet Buy a multi-tiered worm bin that includes a temperature guage and plastic rake. Find a place outside that stays in the shade (take the bin inside during freezing temperatures) Create a nest for your worms of shredded newspaper or printer paper (don’t use plastic coated paper or shredded magazines), a little dirt, dried leaves […]

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UrbanFig: Where Did the Worms Go?

Where Did the Worms Go?

by on October 23, 2011

TweetI sat down the other day to write my next entry about worm composting to discuss how easy it is, how great it is, etc. etc.  After all, I’ve been successfully raising my worms for over a year. But before I began writing, I decided to visit my little worms to see how they were […]

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