PVC Tube Composting… Posthole Composting

Posted on 29th October 2012 in Uncategorized

PVC Tube Composting

I think this is a pretty way to extend posthole composting in your garden bed. Posthole composting (similar to trench composting) is when you bury your scraps in holes dug with a posthole digger. It’s a more immediate and direct way to get some nutrients into your soil. However! Quick compost is not the best compost. The longer compost sits and cures the higher its antibiotic properties. YES! It appears to be a great dog-proof way to compost some food items. But, you have to look at the big picture and decide how rich you want your compost to be. Also, worms LOVE cooked food, it’s easier for them to eat. So I take issue with the statement in the article “But if you’re familiar with composting, you know that not every food item can go into it. No onions, avocados, citrus, or cooked food.” ALL food can be composted. My worms always destroy the abovementioned foods in their worm bin. Not first, because they prefer cantelope and other sweet things. But the do eventually get around to EVERYTHING! Have no fear, Duck Truck Composting friends, you know I’ll be installing one of these as a test tube and sharing my experience!

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Kids and Worms Everywhere!

Posted on 27th October 2012 in Uncategorized

Worm bin!Alexis and the Duck Truck had a GREAT time at the Bagel Breakfast for the national Make a Difference Day at Westville Community Nursery School today! At least 16 kids joined Emily Kane for a reading of Diary of a Worm. Then the children and their respective adults played in the worm bin. Then we all worked as a team to prepare a new Can-O-Worms bin, donated by Common Ground, for the preschool! Call Alexis to schedule a Worm Visit for YOUR school, 203-494-8342.

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What About Peat Moss?

Posted on 9th October 2012 in Uncategorized

The controversy… like so many other resources, it will eventually run out. Here’s an interesting article about banning the use of peat (moss) in the United Kingdom, as a compost and growing medium.

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Health Food Stores and Compost additives…

Posted on 5th October 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve collected compost in 5-gallon buckets from Thyme and Season in Hamden and Edge of the Woods in New Haven. It’s a bucket-trade, one-for-one. Click on their names to get their contact info and set yourself up with some organic food scraps to add to your compost pile! It’s like a good soup, the more ingredients you have, the tastier it will be! DON’T eat your compost directly though; please grow delicious veggies in it to make that soup! I haven’t contacted Elm City Market about their daily leftovers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t!

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Tip – Coffee shops give away their coffee grinds!

Posted on 1st October 2012 in Uncategorized

Used coffee grinds are already pH neutral and are a great addition to your compost pile, or your garden! Unused coffee grounds are VERY acidic, I dump old, abandoned coffees (roommates who move away) directly on my blueberry plants! Try the Starbucks near you, they typically give it out in plastic bags. In Hamden you can get  ’em from Legal Grounds. In New Haven you can get your grounds at Blue State Coffee. Have fun “harvesting” used coffee grounds!

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