Posts in "Garden World"

MobileGro 3-Tiered Portable Planter Giveaway on Home & Family Show

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The Home & Family Show on Hallmark Channel is giving away amazing products during the upcoming weeks leading to  Christmas.

I was asked to select my favorite garden product to give away this week.

I chose the MobileGro portable planter designed by Angela DiMaggio.

 

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The MobileGro planter is constructed of strong, powder-coated metal and features heavy-duty casters that make it easy to move indoors or out.

I like the deep planters that are suitable for growing root vegetables.

Well designed, the MobileGro planter accomodates a large amount of plants and takes up very little floor space.

 

 

To enter for the drawing for the MobileGro planter, you must do the following:

1. "Like" the Home & Family show Facebook page.

2. Comment under the photo of the MobileGro planter on their Facebook page.

3. Drawing ends on Friday, Dec. 6, 2014 at midnight.

 

Don't waste time, get over to their Facebook page.

Good luck!

 

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Watch my garden and landscaping segments on the "Home & Family" show, weekdays at 10am pst on the Hallmark channel.

Shirley

 

Home and Family Holiday Special Show Highlights

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Hi Friends!

Thank you for watching the "Home & Family Show Primetime Holiday Special" on the Hallmark Channel!

Enjoy some behind the scenes highlight photos that I took on our fun night of taping at Universal Studios.

 

The weather was perfect for a Christmas special, "Los Angeles" style.

There was a slight chill in the air, but let's be honest, 65 degrees is warm for many parts of the country.

 

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All the "Family" members, or Home and Family show experts were on hand for the festivities.

 

I had the honor of designing the Christmas Centerpiece for our newly designed family room.

 

Designers Tanya Memme, Kenneth Wingard and Shirley Bovshow of Home and Family Show, Hallmark Holiday special show

Kenneth Wingard designed the garland and Tanya Memme designed a fun wall Christmas tree made with felt for kids to decorate!

 

Enjoy these photos and please visit EdenMakers Blog again tomorrow as I will have instructions and photos for making my Christmas centerpiece featuring repurposed materials.

 

HOME AND FAMILY SHOW BEHIND THE SCENES: HOLIDAY SPECIAL 

 

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My castmates on Home & Family don't take themselves seriously.

Yes, we have our hair and makeup" just right," but we like to be silly too!

Here is Dr. JJ Levenstein, Shirley Bovshow, Laura Nativo, Tanya Memme and Jeanette Pavini in the dressing room or "Green room" getting ready for taping the special.

 

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You may know these three women referred to as "The Blondes" on Home and Family. 
Here are Debbie Matenopoulis, Kym Douglas, and Sophie Uliano listening to the Australian singing trio, Aria.

Did you love their rendition of "Halleluyah?"

Heavenly!

 

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Dr. JJ Levenstein with Kenneth Wingard and Matt Iseman.

You can't get more fun than this trio!

Love their sense of humor and talent.

Did you know that Dr. JJ is also a chef?

Matt Iseman, as well.

 

Ken?
He graduated from Princeton with a degree in Architecture!

 

 

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Green living expert, Sophie Uliano is the real deal!

Here she is between segments, "coaching" Kym Douglas, Dr. JJ and Kenneth Wingard on some yoga stretches.

Did you know that Sophie Uliano used to teach yoga?

True.

 

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Did you know that the handsome and witty Matt Iseman is also a credentialed doctor?

He's enjoying being the center of attention, flanked by talented castmates, Laura Nativo, Tanya Memme and Jeanette Pavini.

 

 

HOME AND FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECIAL DINNER BLESSING

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As co-host of the Home and Family Show, Cristina Ferrare is in touch with her spiritual side and leads the blessing for the Christmas meal.

Family members and guests bow their heads in prayer and respect.

Cristina Ferrare is a beautiful woman, inside and out.

I'm proud to work with her.

 

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How does my "Matzoh Toffee" look?

I swear it's better than Almond Roca!

I made it with matzoh crackers, butter, brown sugar, chocolate and dry roasted almond slices.

Visit my Foodie Gardener Blog tomorrow for recipe!

I'm too tired to post it tonight as I've been taping all day today.

 

 

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Our sweet and beautiful DIY expert, Paige Hemmis stands proudly with Australian singing group, Aria.

She's engaged to the handsome man with mustache and beard.

I've got to ask her his name!

They were very sweet together.

Look at Paige's tears of joy!

 

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Co-host, Mark Steines was very busy taping but couldn't deny himself a little time with the "family!"

Yes, we do like each other and everyone has a blast when we get together.

 

Shirley Bovshow's Christmas Centerpiece, "Fire and Ice"

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My custom designed, "Fire and Ice" Christmas Centerpiece features "snowball planters" made from painted grapevine orbs, repurposed Christmas tree ornaments, battery-operated candles, and lots of bling!

 

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Designer Shirley Bovshow, shows her "Fire and Ice" Christmas Centerpiece to Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.

 

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Close up of the snow ball planter I designed for the Christmas Centerpiece for Hallmark's Home and Family holiday special.

I can't wait to share the step by step instructions with you.

It's so easy to make.

 

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My Christmas Centerpiece is interactive.

Along with beautiful plant and crystals, there is a pretty little cup filled with chocolates!

 

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Doesn't this succulent look pretty surrounded by beads and crystals?

 

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White Christmas cactus plant in bloom.

What's your favorite Christmas cactus flower color?

 

I hope you enjoyed my behind the scenes photos of the Home and Family Holiday special show!

Please subscribe to EdenMakers blog for new posts and instructions on how to make my Fire and Ice Christmas Cactus Centerpiece!

 

Celebrate Earth Day With “The Power of Poop!”

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Hi Friends of EdenMakers Blog!

Happy Earth Day.

 

I have a special message from a talented and inspiring film maker, Denis Thomopoulos whose mission in life is to educate people, (children in particular), to understand and care for our earth.

Please watch the video trailer and if you like, purchase or rent the video to share with your family.

Proceeds from the sale go towards offset projects administered by Conservation International.

 

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Here's a message from Denis explaining his creative and entertaining cartoon video called,  "The Power of Poop" that is debuting today on Earth Day 2014!

 

 

As you may know, there is an immediate urgency to stabilize our climate.

This is a very serious issue I care deeply about — even though — as a cartoonist, I work to make people laugh.

 

The Power of Poop (and other ways to save the world!) is a half-hour cartoon musical with the big ambition of caring for the planet while having fun too.

 

I hope you can take a moment to watch this clip.

If you enjoy it, please share, write a review, or even embed the player so others may enjoy it as well.

We can inspire kids of all ages to take actions that make a WORLD of difference.

 

Thank you and please feel free to reach out to Amy or me if you have any questions or would like to see the whole film to write a review.

 

Best regards,

 

Denis

 

About Denis and Hippo Works

 

Denis Thomopoulos turned a Masters degree from Oxford into an early career working for world-renowned filmmakers such as David Puttnam and Irwin Winkler – only to realize his heart was in cartooning and the environment.

 

So Denis took a red hippo named Simon he’d drawn for a best-selling t-shirt in college and made him the star of his new eco animation studio, Hippo Works.

Denis has syndicated and licensed Simon along with a host of animal characters to companies such as AOL, National Geographic Kids, Paramount Vantage, SWAPE (Soil Water Air Protection Enterprise), Care2.com, Con Edison, and Clear Channel, among others.

 

The Power of Poop (and other ways to save the world!) is his first half-hour cartoon, with purchases of the film saving 1000 sq. ft. of jungle through Conservation International.

His characters also appear on organic products at Whole Foods in Southern California and on an egg sculpture for Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt in New York, April 2014, which is being auctioned at Sotheby’s to raise money for The Elephant Family, a nonprofit that protects Asian elephants’ migratory corridors.

Tips For Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh

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Each year more than 24 million Christmas trees are sold during the holiday season in the United States.

Too bad most of these trees look dry and yucky by Christmastime!

 

 Tips and Tricks for Extending Freshness Period of Christmas Trees

 

I'm going to start with one of the best kept secrets.

 

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1. Use an anti transpirant compound such as "Wilt-Pruf" on your Christmas tree to seal moisture in the tree.

I'm not sure why anti-transpirant sprays are not more commonly used in households to preserve Christmas tree freshness!

Wilt-Pruf has been around for over sixty years and is available at garden centers and home improvement stores throughout the United States.

Landscape professionals have been using anti-transpirant solutions for years to preserve seasonal decor and landscape plants!

 

Anti-transpirants are chemical compounds that are applied to leaves to reduce transpiration of moisture.

Think of a tree leaf or needle as its skin.

The compound "closes the pores" of the leaf surface so that moisture can't evaporate through it!

 

Wilt-Pruf is commonly used on landscape plants such as rhododendruns and azaleas during the summer and winter when they experience drying winds and water stress.

The anti-transpirant locks in moisture and is equally effective in Christmas trees, fresh cut garland and greenery!

What are you waiting for?

 

I applied Wilt-Pruf to the Christmas tree I bought for the Home & Family show and shared this tip with the audience.

A one quart, ready-to-use bottle is sufficient for an average five to six foot Christmas tree and costs approximately $10 dollars.

Wilt-Pruf is available in concentrate form as well.

 

Spray your tree with Wilt-Pruf outdoors and let it dry a few hours before bringing indoors.

Don't spray Wilt-Pruf indoors because if the natural pine oil emulsion gets on your floor and furniture, you will have to remove it with turpintine.

Pine oil is organic and non-hazardous but can be messy on your floor and furniture!

 

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2. Make a fresh, 1"-inch cut to bottom of the Christmas tree trunk at the tree lot or before placing in the stand.

Christmas trees found in a lot have been cut any where from a few days to a month ago!

Pines, firs, nobles, spruces and other popular cut trees secrete a resin when cut that covers the bottom of the tree stub.

Within one to three hours, this resin seals the bottom of the trunk and makes water infiltration very difficult.

This is why some trees dry out no matter how much water is supplied to them!

 

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3. Score the bottom of your tree trunk with a few cuts to help water uptake!

If you have never scored the bottom of your Christmas tree and have had drying issues, give this tip a try.

A few blunt cuts at the bottom of your tree trunk will give your tree even more access to water.

 

4. Put your tree in water within one hour of cutting your tree trunk!

You have a very small window for watering your tree after cutting and scoring the trunk.

If you aren't able to place your tree in a stand immediately, immerse the trunk in s 5 gallon bucket of water during your holding period.

 

5. Water your Christmas tree every day!

Don't be lazy!

I know that it's unpleasant to get on your knees, lift the bottom branches of your tree and water it, but you must do it if you want a fresh looking tree.

 

Cut trees require one quart of water  for each inch  of the trunk's diameter, according to the National Christmas Tree Organization.

A 6'-foot tree with a trunk that measures  4"-inches in diameter, will need to have a stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water.

 

Okay, here's a clever alternative to getting on your hands and knees to water your tree.

I designed a cute "Christmas Tree Watering Pole" using 1/2"-inch PVC pipe and a kitchen funnel.

 

It's easy to make and will cost you about $3 dollars in materials.

 

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Shirley's "Christmas Tree Watering Pole"

Get these materials together- you will have extra pipe to make one for a friend!

  • A 10'-foot piece of PVC pipe (1/2"-inch or 1"-inch diameter) cut into three pieces, each a little over 3'-feet long.
  • Kitchen funnel with generous size well.
  • Red duct tape
  • Christmas bow
  • Christmas bells

 

Instructions

  1. Tape the funnel to the end of your 3'-foot PVC pipe using red duct tape.
  2. Wrap red duct tape down the length of your PVC pipe so that it looks like candy cane striping.
  3. Dip your Christmas tree watering pole into your tree stand (full of water) and mark on your PVC pipe where the top of the water line is when fully immersed.
  4. Wrap duct tape where this line is so that you can use the bottom of watering pole as a "dipstick" to measure how much water is in the stand without having to bend down to see!
  5. Finish your watering pole with a pretty Christmas bow added to the neck where the funnel and PVC pipe meet and add some jingling bells.

Your kids will fight for their turn to water the tree!

Keep your decorated watering pole near your tree so you won't forget to water!
It's so cute, it will look like Christmas decor.

 

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Other Christmas Tree Tips

1. Keep your Christmas tree away from heaters, heating vents, sunny windows, doors or windows that are constantly opened.

2. Use LED string lights instead of traditional ones as they emit less heat and are less apt to dry your tree.

3. Water, Water, Water your dang tree!

 

How To Pick a Fresh Christmas Tree From a Lot

1. Ask the attendant to see trees that have been recently delivered.

  Some Christmas trees that are not local are cut as early as October for December sales!

 

2. Take a good look at the tree!

   Yellow or brown leaves are a bad sign. 

    Duh.

 

3. Shake the tree!

Pick up the tree, shake it, or drop it a few inches to the ground to see how many needles fall.

It shouldn't look like it's raining!

A few needles dropping is normal, a lot is not!

 

4. Run your fingers through the branches, pulling gently at them.

   You should not have a handful of needles in your hand!

   A few needles are normal, stay away from trees in active needle drop mode.

 

 

 

Watch my television segment video, "Shirley Bovshow's Christmas Tree Buying Tips!"

 

 

I want you to feel empowered this year to keep your Christmas tree fresh.

Get yourself some Wilt-Pruf, follow the basic tips and make yourself a Christmas Tree Watering Pole and report back to me on how well it goes for you this holiday!

I want to know.

 

“Home & Family Show, Holiday Special” on Hallmark Channel

Home and family show Holiday Special on Hallmark channel with hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. Featuring family members Shirley Bovshow, Matt Rogers, Kym Douglas, Tanya Memme, Sophie Uliano, Jessie Jane, Jill Simonian, Kenneth Wingard, Laura Nativo.

 

Hi Friends!

You are invited to watch a special television event that I appear in.

Shirley Bovshow shares chayote recipe with Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare as they celebrate the holidays with a primetime holiday special!  The house is full of Hallmark?s biggest stars, Actress and Country Music Star, Naomi Judd talks about family memories and her new film Window Wonderland.  Music sensation Il Volo performs Christmas favorites from their new album Buon Natale.  From the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, The Christmas Spirit, Actress, Nicollette Sheridan will be here with a sneak peek.  Jessie Jane makes DIY Christmas ornaments with help from Cameron Mathison and Kellie Martin from the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, The Christmas Ornament.  A special reading from Candace Cameron Bure, star of the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Let It Snow.  Choral performances of Christmas favorites, ice-skating in front of the tree, it is Holiday time here on Home & Family.

I'm sharing my "Foodie Gardener" recipe for "Chayote Squash with Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes!"

 

Hallmark Channel Announces A New Hallmark Channel Original Special

“Home & Family Holiday Special”

Hosted By Mark Steines & Cristina Ferrare

Monday, November 25th from 8:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT

On Hallmark Channel 

 

Hallmark Channel announces a new Hallmark Channel Original Special, “Home & Family Holiday Special,” starring Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, will air on the network, Monday, November 25 (8:00pm ET/PT, 7:00pm CT). 

The “Home & Family Holiday Special” will encore on Tuesday, November 26 (10:00 am ET/PT, 9:00am CT).

 

The primetime edition of Hallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy-nominated Original Series will feature Mark and Cristina celebrating the holidays with live entertainment, celebrity guests, recipes, crafts, and a tree-lighting ceremony second to none. 

Celebrities dropping by to celebrate with the family include Emmy Award-winning actor Kellie Martin, Daytime Emmy-nominated actor Cameron Mathison, veteran TV actor Candace Cameron Bure, six-time Grammy Award-winning sing/songwriter Naomi Judd, and Golden Globe nominee Nicollette Sheridan.

 

The special will also feature amazing musical performances by the Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo; TV Host/Singer/Song Writer and new “Home & Family” member Matt Rogers; and the John Burroughs High School Choir, the national grand champions of all high school choirs in the United States. 

And to top things off, a special festive ice rink will be set up in the Home & Family’s yard for a performance by the phenomenal Los Angeles Ice Theater company.  

 

 A “Home & Family Holiday Special” would not be complete without Cristina’s famous turkey dinner recipe that is a personal favorite of Oprah’s while Mark will share with the viewers, the secrets of how to take amazing holiday family pictures and make them unique to cherish for a lifetime of memories.  

Lastly, in keeping with holiday traditions, there will be a tree and house-lighting ceremony, complete with ornaments and decorations from Hallmark Cards.

 

Home and family show Holiday Special on Hallmark channel with hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. Featuring family members Shirley Bovshow, Matt Rogers, Kym Douglas, Tanya Memme, Sophie Uliano, Jessie Jane, Jill Simonian, Kenneth Wingard, Laura Nativo.

 

“Home & Family” family members Shirley Bovshow, Kym Douglas, Jessie Jane, Debbie Matenopoulos, Tanya Meme, Laura Nativo Matt Rodgers, Jill Simonian, Sophie Uliano and Ken Wingard will also be on hand to help bring in the holiday spirit.

 

“Home & Family," nominated for a prestigious Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program and now in its second season, airs daily on Hallmark Channel, Monday -Friday (10:00am – 12:00pm. ET/PT, 9:00am CT). 

Marty Tenney is the Executive Producer, Stacey Patterson, Ryan Berlin and Megan Lawson are Senior Producers.  Bob Levy is the Director. 

“Home & Family” is a Woody Fraser Enterprises production.

 

The show is broadcast in 1080i, Hallmark Channel’s selected HD Format and this program carries a TV-G parental guideline rating.

 

For more information on “Home & Family” please visit HallmarkChannel.com/homeandfamily

Video Tour of The “Home & Family” Show House Taped at Universal Studios!

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I'm honored to be the resident garden designer and "family member" for the Emmy-nominated show, "Home & Family" airing on the Hallmark channel, Monday through Friday at 10 AM PST.

The live, two-hour show is led by Mark Steines, (E Entertainment) and Cristina Ferrare, (super model, celebrated cook, author and TV host).

 

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What makes this show unique is that it is taped in a REAL house that was built specifically for this home and family entertainment/how-to magazine show at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Ca.

Just as every home as multiple rooms and family members living in the house, so does the show.

 

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On any given day, there are segments presented by the resident, expert family members for cooking, crafts, DIY, gardening, (me!), beauty, health, mommy, parenting, and more!

You can expect a celebrity guest or two to drop in every day so you can keep up with popular culture.

 

If you are looking for a home and garden TV talk show,  check out the Home & Family show on Hallmark channel, and record it so you can enjoy it during your time of rest without interruptions! 

There is no show like it.

 

I'll see you at the HOUSE!

 

Build A Compost Bin For Red Worms: Vermicomposting

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Build an inexpensive compost bin for red worms and get started on basic vermicomposting!

 

What is Vermicomposting?

 

"Vermicomposting is the process where red worms and micro organisms break down rotting food such as breads, banana peels, coffee grounds, paper products,  (anything but meat and oil) and transform it into rich, compost soil for your garden!"

 

Do you want to put your leftover food to work and save money on buying compost for your garden?

It's easy and doesn't require a demanding time commitment or a lot of money to get started.

 

How Do Red Worms Create Compost?

 

It's a comlicated process which I will simplify for you:

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The red worms live in a compost bin where microorganisms are plentiful.

They  dedicate themselves to eating rotting food, multiplying and excreting  "vermicastings."

Vermicastings are the end product or prized compost soil that can be used in both containers and garden beds.
 
 
In exchange for their castings, the worms ask for a warm, cozy, dark bin to live in, consistent moisture, and some food scraps- which, you need to dispose of anyway!
 
 
Sounds like a win/win situation.
 
 

Watch Video: "How to Make a Vermicomposting Box: Gardens of the Rich and Famous"

 

In this video, "How to Build a Vermicomposting Bin: Gardens of the Rich and Famous,"  I instruct a couple of  new gardeners, Ari and Emma how to create their own vermicomposting bin using paint buckets.

 

NEWS: 

I appear as the garden expert in a new web series called, "Gardens of the Rich and Famous" on the Digs Channel on YouTube.

Although the show is actually a comedy and not a traditional garden show,  you will take away a valuable "garden 101" tip  from me in each video!

Please subscribe to be notified each time a new video is posted!

 

Materials for Building a Compost Box for Worms

These are the materials I used in my video tutorial:

  • Two, 5-gallon paint buckets with plastic cover (one bucket will be placed inside the other)
  • A powered drill with 1/4" bit
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Rotting fruit, vegetables, bread, coffee and tea grounds
  • Red Wiggler worms (these are the best type of worms to use for vermicomposting)
  • Watering can

 

Steps for Building a Compost Box for Worms

Prepare the buckets!

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1. Drill holes on the bottom of bucket that will be nested inside the other bucket using 1/4 inch drill bit to provide drainage for liquids and water.

When excess water drips out of this bucket, it will be caught in the bottom of second bucket and can be used as "liquid tea" for watering plants.

 

Make Holes in Bucket with Quarter Inch Drill Bit about half inch apart

 

Holes should be 1/2 inch apart at bottom of bucket to release excess water.

The worms may crawl out but this is not likely.

Add a fine mesh cloth at bottom of bucket if it is a problem.

 

Drill Holes Compost Box Under Bucket Rim

 

Add more holes below the bucket rim for aeration.

Add holes all the way around.

Your worms need oxygen too!

 

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2. Nest the bucket that has holes into the second bucket that will act as a resevoir to hold excess liquid.

 

Add Shredded newspaper to worm composting bin

 

3. Add shredded newspaper to the bottom of your compost bucket

The newspaper will function as bedding for your red wigglers and should be fluffy and not compacted down, even after watering.

Many newspaper publishers use soy ink these days which is non toxic, but don't use the glossy paper or colored advertising circulers.

 

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4. Water the newspaper to a "wet rag" consistency.

The newspaper should not be soaking wet as this causes the paper to compact and reduces air circulation for the worms.

 

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5. Add rotting pieces of food to bin.

You have a wide assortment of foods that you can add to your worm compost bin but avoid meat, butter, and greasy food at all costs!

Oil and protein do not break down easily and you will attract rats and other vermin to your compost bin.

Yuck!

 

Be a mensch and cut your food into small pieces so that the worms can digest it easiser.

They have tiny mouths, as you can imagine, and a huge appetite.

Red wigglers in captivity will eat double their weight in food.

They channel their energy for eating and reproducing!

 

Get ready for worm population explosion in your compost bin- which is a good thing.

More worms, more poop!!

 

Coffee Grounds For Worm Compost Bin

 

6. Add coffee or tea grounds!

Make friends with the local barista and ask for their used coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds contribute a source of nitrogen and acidity to the compost.

Don't worry if you don't remove the paper filter- the worms will eat that too.

 

Add newspaper to worm composting bin

 

7. Add a final layer of newspaper and water it

As a top layer, I like to hide my food under a final layer of moist newspaper.

This gives my red worms a landing pad when I throw them in and the opportunity to dive and explore their new home.

The newspaper also obscures light coming from the top of the bucket (white lid) and maintains a dark environment which is ideal for the worms.

Red Wiggler Worms for Compost Bin

 

8. Add the worms!

Some people prefer to wait a week or two after preparing the worm compost bucket to give the food an opportunity to rot and time for micro organisms to multiply.

I add them immediately!

No problem so far.

 

You will need approximately one pound of red wiggler worms for each pound of food in your composter.

Great deals can be had online or at your local garden center.

I spent $15 for one pound of worms and I expect them to double in population in 60 to 90 days!

 

Place Worm Compost Bin in Shaded Area

 

9. Add your bucket cover and place your new vermicomposting bin in a sheltered area where it doesn't recieve direct sun.

We are not baking our worms!

Ideal temperatures range from 38 degrees to 85 degrees.

If you don't mind, you can place your compost bin indoors in a kitchen cupboard, utility room or garage.

 

10. Keep your worms fed!

The first few weeks of vermicomposting will be your discovery period.

Check your bin every few days to inspect the food consumption and assess how often you will need to feed your worms.

A good idea is to feed weekly and set the food in different places underneath your top layer of newspaper.

You don't want to concentrate the food in one area, let them explore!

If you need more paper, add moistened paper to your bin and fluff it so that worms can move around it.

 

Use Your Worm Castings in the Garden!

Within a few months, your worms will delight you with a supply of fresh compost soil that you can apply to container gardens and landscape plants!

Once you experience the joy of creating your own compost, you will be hooked!

 

 

Tips for Worm Composting

  1. Use an opaque colored bucket or bin to keep the inside of your bin dark. Your worms require it!
  2. Make sure the compost bin is always moist but never soaking wet.
  3. Add a little prepared compost or grit to your food mix for extra roughage. Yes, worms need fiber too!
  4. Harvest your worms from the finished compost by luring them to one area of the compost bin with new food. As they gather around the food, they will abandon the clean compost areas so that you can collect it and use in your garden!

 

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Good luck with your worm composting project!

Please leave me your questions and comments below so that I can answer them for you.

 

Interested in Basic Composting For Beginners?

Perhaps you would like to learn about basic composting that does not involve worms?

Read  "Basic Composting For Beginners"  in my other blog, Foodie Gardener!

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Shirley