Jan. 3rd, 2012

jennythereader: (Bear: Nap Time)
I really hope today isn't setting a trend for the year.

I am:
- exhausted
- freezing
- sick
- ready to go home
jennythereader: (Bear: Nap Time)
I really hope today isn't setting a trend for the year.

I am:
- exhausted
- freezing
- sick
- ready to go home
jennythereader: (Bear: Take Time To Smell The Flowers)
Tom got me this for Christmas. I was absurdly thrilled by it.

I've spent the last week and a half reading up on how composting with worms works. The stuff everyone seems to agree on is that fruit and veggies are almost all OK, although I should go easy on onions and citrus. Most seem to agree that bread products are fine as long as I don't add too much at once and that eggshells are OK as long as I rinse them out and crush them up small. The things that there seem to be the biggest disagreements about are meat, dairy products, and fat. Some say that dairy is OK in moderation, but that meat and fat should never go in. Others say that all of them can be composted, but you have to be twice a careful about covering them up or they'll attract flies. I'll probably start by adding them in very tiny amounts and see what happens.

Edit: I forgot to talk about paper! The consensus seems to be that any ordinary office paper is OK as long as it's shredded. Some sites suggest that it's useful to soak the paper in water overnight and squeeze the water out before adding it. They claim this will get rid of most of the stuff that would make the paper inedible to the worms. Newspaper is apparently OK as is, and can be useful if the bin gets too wet. End Edit

If I can find a place around here that will sell them to me I'll buy the worms this weekend. If not, I think I can order them off of Amazon.

If I do this right I'll have more good compost that I'll know what to do with by spring. If you garden, want some, and are local-ish to me I'll be happy to share. I also plan on trying some container gardening this year. Herbs at least, and maybe some tomatoes and onions. Maybe some catnip too. :)
jennythereader: (Bear: Take Time To Smell The Flowers)
Tom got me this for Christmas. I was absurdly thrilled by it.

I've spent the last week and a half reading up on how composting with worms works. The stuff everyone seems to agree on is that fruit and veggies are almost all OK, although I should go easy on onions and citrus. Most seem to agree that bread products are fine as long as I don't add too much at once and that eggshells are OK as long as I rinse them out and crush them up small. The things that there seem to be the biggest disagreements about are meat, dairy products, and fat. Some say that dairy is OK in moderation, but that meat and fat should never go in. Others say that all of them can be composted, but you have to be twice a careful about covering them up or they'll attract flies. I'll probably start by adding them in very tiny amounts and see what happens.

Edit: I forgot to talk about paper! The consensus seems to be that any ordinary office paper is OK as long as it's shredded. Some sites suggest that it's useful to soak the paper in water overnight and squeeze the water out before adding it. They claim this will get rid of most of the stuff that would make the paper inedible to the worms. Newspaper is apparently OK as is, and can be useful if the bin gets too wet. End Edit

If I can find a place around here that will sell them to me I'll buy the worms this weekend. If not, I think I can order them off of Amazon.

If I do this right I'll have more good compost that I'll know what to do with by spring. If you garden, want some, and are local-ish to me I'll be happy to share. I also plan on trying some container gardening this year. Herbs at least, and maybe some tomatoes and onions. Maybe some catnip too. :)

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