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  •  Vermicomposting is just great. (2+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, GDbot

    Waiting until my wife will allow me to have a box here. Small studio and almost all of our space is used up.

    The bin I started back in the States is going very well. I would regularly feed the worms all sorts of herbs and leafage from dynamic accumulator plants from the garden in addition to all of our scraps. That and when I would visit the grocery store, I would always make sure to look at the marked down foods- especially organic bananas and take them all home as a special treat.

    One of the most beautiful things about compost, and especially vermicompost, is the abundant life present. Just a small amount in a container will, if you cover the compost with some mulch to prevent UV radiation from wiping everything out, inoculate your entire container within a few weeks with beneficial organisms.

    I credit the wonderful success of our efforts to change our lawn to a forest garden back in NC to biological inoculation through vermicompost and mychorrhizal fungi. Take the two together and make sure your soil stays covered and growing as long as possible and you have a recipe for success even in the most degraded and abused soils.

    •  Also see NC State's free permaculture (2+ / 0-)
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      karmsy, GDbot

      course lectures online. IIRC you will need to install Microsoft Silverlight in order to play these but that is worth it if you are new to permaculture.

      Link.

      There is a guest lecture from a vermicologist who shares some very inspiring research into the benefits of up to 30% vermicompost in your top soil.

    •  Interesting comment, (1+ / 0-)
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      FinchJ

      about the unique contributions of regional soil to vermiculture. Here in the Bay Area, the soil is pretty sandy, unless humans have somehow enhanced it for farming. I was using handfuls of outdoor dirt to start up my bin, then I remembered about about this awful (to humans) digestive parasite found in the guts of raccoons. While unwitting use of soil contaminated with this parasite likely wasn't a huge risk, why take the chance at all? So I bought some potting soil.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:42:55 AM PDT

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