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Let's talk garbage! Composting at McDowall Manor

We have a few ways of using our free fertilisers here at McDowall Manor. Figured I'd show you a few.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 16, 2014 at 14:16

Oh, that's what's referred to as LGS, Rob.  (Lazy Git Syndrome!)  I tend to water my pots once a week so it's easier for me just to go straight to the compost tea bin.  

Comment by Rob Walter on August 16, 2014 at 11:46

Very informative, Andy. It's amazing how many different ways there are to do something as simple as run a worm farm. I used to blend the scraps when I didn't have many worms, but now I just put them in whole. However, I keep it well covered (there's a lid, a worm blanket - piece of hessian, and newspaper between the outside world and my worms. Things break down at varying rates when they're not chopped up, but that doesn't seem to matter when they're covered. Also, I have two bins - a worm bin and a compost bin - that sit on the bench. You can get quite attractive ceramic containers from op shops so they don't look too bad sitting on the bench. Except when I leave it open for a couple of days and a cloud of vinegar flies appears.

What is the logic of putting the worm juice in the compost tea, rather than just straight onto the garden?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 15, 2014 at 8:11

From what I read - and my attempts at 'worm farming' were not successful - if the worms are busy munching their own weight in food daily - then some citrus and onion is OK. One reason I don't have a worm jail is that we use a lot of citrus and onion and I would need to sort the vege scraps. Our output of vege scraps can be prodigious and we're not even vegetarians.

By 'lime' I suppose you mean the Calcium stuff, not Lime as in Tahitian Lime? Then yes you do, the worms need Calcium to breed.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 14, 2014 at 22:34

Actually, you might know the anwer to this - I avoid citrus/onion to keep the acid down.  Mind you, I still have to add a touch of lime.  Does that sound right to you Elaine?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 14, 2014 at 22:28

The dog won't tell if you don't ;-) Composting citrus and onion is no problem but the worms don't like much of it - there's a distinction between a compost bin/pile and a worm penitentiary.

There's as many ways of composting or adding nutrients naturally to the garden as there is composters imho ;-)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 14, 2014 at 21:49

I should have added some "dont's" Elaine - don't compost citrus or onion for example.  I think the biggest failure of the clip - OMG - I called the dog "love" on video!  Oh, the shame. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 14, 2014 at 21:15
You've covered all the bases!

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