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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Feed Your Worms!

Don't forget to feed your worms!
Now you probably think I'm crazy, but your garden will appreciate it.
We all know I love to garden. I try to keep it as organic as possible. Hate putting chemicals on my plants...that includes fertilizer.
I don't have the room for a compost pile or the energy to tend to it...
so I do my "lazy woman gardener" style =)
What I do...
I have a big metal bowl 
(you can find something much prettier, I'm sure =))
that sits next to my kitchen sink. 
To it I add fruit, vegetable peelings and trimmings, egg shells, coffee grounds, veggies or fruit past it's prime, etc. throughout the day. 
Please DO NOT include meat or dairy items.

These are not beneficial to the garden.

When I get a chance I go out into my gardens and 
look for a spot in which to bury these....a bare spot or near, 
but not next to a plant so I don't disturb it's roots.

I dig several small/medium holes, 
fill until my collection is gone.
It also depends how much I have in my bowl.
 Sometimes I'm in a hurry and just dig a big hole for all of it...but it takes longer for it to compost. 

Make sure the hole is deep enough to replace the dirt
 you removed. After all you don't want critters to come dig it up.

Tamp down the dirt on top well. I even step on it to be sure it's nice and compacted. Your done!
You've just fed your worms and in turn your plants.

Your Earthworms will come along, eat all these yummies up then leave their castings (poop aka fertilizer). Your plants will absolutely love this. I have been doing this for years, so believe me it's a tried and true method.

A portion of my gorden

And it's FREE!
AND if you're lucky you may just have a few volunteer plants pop up!
I have volunteer tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes this year  =)

If you don't want to do the whole collection thing,
here a few plants that do well with certain scraps.

Roses love Bananas!

Bananas have calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and sulfur just to mention a few of their nutrients.
Bury the whole peel about an inch below the soil at the base of the plant.

Camellias, Azaleas, and Tomatoes love Egg Shells!

Dry and coarsely crumble the shells,

 mix lightly or sprinkle on top of the soil.
Egg Shells provide calcium and magnesium. 
An added bonus is slugs and snails are discouraged from getting to your plant because the shells are too sharpfor them to crawl over.
So save those veggie and fruit scraps for your garden!

Your plants will love you for it =)

Now go feed your worms!!!


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