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Sunday, June 30, 2019

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 chemical fertilizer.
I don't have the room for a compost pile 
or the time or energy to tend to it...
so I do my "lazy woman gardener" style =)
What I do...
I have a big metal bowl 
that sits next to my kitchen sink.
(you can find something much prettier, I'm sure =))

To it I add fruit, vegetable peelings and trimmings, egg shells, coffee grounds, veggies or fruit past its prime, etc. throughout the day.

Please DO NOT include meat or dairy items.
They 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 its roots.

I dig several small/medium holes, 
fill with scraps 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 decompose. 

Make sure the hole is deep enough to replace the dirt
 you removed. After all, you don't want to attract unwelcome critters. 

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) and even aerate your soil. Your plants will absolutely love this. I have been doing this for years,  it's a tried and true method.

A portion of my garden

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 are few plants that do well with certain scraps.

Roses love Bananas!

Bananas have calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, 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 with the soil or just sprinkle on top.
Eggshells provide calcium and magnesium. 
An added bonus if you sprinkle them on top of the soil  ~  slugs and snails are discouraged from getting to your plants because the shells are too sharp for 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!!!

Plants from my garden and garden related items are available in my Etsy Shop ♥

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  1. Excellent reminder, thank you! I get all excited to plant my garden and harvest it's produce, but I often forget I need to feed it! Blessings, Loni

    1. Wishing you a bountiful crop!

  2. banana skins too? I love the idea of making compost but it's really difficult around here with nothing but clay and rocks. We had a big compost going on in MD. Thanks for the reminder. LeeAnna

    1. You bet! Yes, Roses love banana skins ♥

  3. Great composting tips! I didn't know about the bananas and roses, though. I am going to have to remember that. Have a fabulous week!

    1. Glad you found a good tip. Enjoy the 4th! Thanks for stopping by ♥

  4. Great information! I found you at the Tuesday With a Twist Link Party!

    1. Nice to meet you. Glad you found my post informative. Enjoy the 4th! Be safe ♥

  5. I don't have a garden but this makes total sense. and besides, you are reusing things that would go to trash otherwise, so it's a win-win.
    Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week.

    1. Yep, just another way of recycling ;) lol Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

  6. Interesting and wonderful information! I am passing this information along to others! Thank you! :)

  7. No, you're not "crazy". You're actually very smart! The stuff you're sharing are wonderful tips. Some I never knew about but I will pass it on if the opportunity arises.
    There's a YouTube channel called Lumnah Acres. Although I can't do most of the stuff he and his small family does, I still love to watch them. They cook as well although not much over the summer because he's been busy building and developing his homestead. Go check him out! He does some gardening too. He also leaves links to other channels that have other amazing gardening ideas as well as homesteading. I like to watch him cause he's entertaining.

  8. i don't have a garden yet, but i bury kitchen scraps in my potted plants for fertilizer. when i can catch one, i drop a worm in there, too.


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