Odor Free Worm Composting At Home
Jun 18th, 2016 by Aldouspi

worm-compost-at-homeYou have vegetable and fruit scraps in the kitchen, junk mail on the hallway table and cardboard boxes from your latest online purchase. You can recycle some of this, of course, but that is not always easy. Why not have worms turn these materials for worm compost for your garden and houseplants? It is just for this problem that I recommend the:

Worm Factory DS3GT 3-Tray Worm Composter, Green

Making worm compost is easy with this small footprint composter. It is a great way to introduce your children to the world of gardening and recycling, too.

Worm composting is an incredibly efficient way to convert kitchen scraps, junk mail and cardboard into nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Master gardeners agree that compost produced by worms will produce the best results and help your plants thrive.

The Worm Factory's unique stackable, multi-tray design makes it the most efficient worm bin composter around. Worms begin eating waste in the lowest tray, and then migrate upward as food sources in that tray are exhausted. By allowing worms to migrate upward, the worms separate themselves from the finished compost that is ready for the garden.

Besides the worm castings that are produced through this process, the Worm Factory also produces a second type of compost. As waste is broken down, moisture filters through your Worm Factory, taking nutrient-rich particles with it. This liquid fertilizer, know as leachate is gathered in the special collection tray of the Worm Factory and can easily be drained from the spigot.

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Simply add a handful of worms and your organic waste to the bottom tray. The worms will start processing the food. Once the bottom tray is filled add another tray. The worms migrate upward to the newest food source leaving the bottom tray full of nutrient rich compost. As waste is broken down, moisture filters through the system taking nutrient-rich particles with it. You can drain organic liquid fertilizer right from the spigot. It's compact square design gives the Worm Factory the smallest footprint of all worm composters.

The Worm Factory's tray stacking system allows it to hold the largest capacity of compost in the smallest amount of space, making it the perfect composter for anyone with space limitations.

The Worm Factory is simple to operate. When full, each tray weighs only 12.5 pounds making lifting and arranging trays effortless. The included 38-page instruction manual and instructional DVD makes setup fast and easy and gives tips on how to best manage your Worm Factory composter year-round.

  • Made with post-consumer recycled plastic, Dimensions 16-inch x 16-inch x 13-inch
  • Built in "worm tea" collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
  • Year Round Production
  • Odor Free Operation
  • =>For more information click here: Worm Factory DS3GT 3-Tray Worm Composter, Green

    Click to Tweet Me. Share! => Tweet: "When I found out that worms can compost junk mail, I knew there was a God." - Scott Harker. http://bit.ly/1W6gzsf



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    Fun with My Purple Iris
    Jun 11th, 2016 by Aldouspi

    purple-iris

    One of the delights in the front yard of my home is a bed of purple irises. This is their third year here. The original iris bulbs from which these plants sprang are from Aurora, Colorado and the home where I spent most of my youth. Eventually, bulbs were sent to my older brother in Portland, Oregon and when I moved to Southern Oregon many years later, I got bulbs from my brother's plants. And so these lovely plants have increased their range from home to home.

    This iris has a lovely scent. It is reminiscent of grape, but something else which to my just says "they smell purple." It was a drier, sunnier spring, so the deep purple faded a little quicker this year, but still my iris plants had beautiful and sweet flowers.

    Click to Tweet Me. Share! => Tweet: My iris flowers smell like purple, sweet, sweet purple. - http://bit.ly/21fqqLM


    Some Fun Observations about the Iris

    The delicate fragrance of iris flower is used in cosmetics and perfumes while the iris flower is used as a compress to treat acne. This plant's flower has a sweet scent that makes them doubly enjoyable as a cut flower.

    Each iris flower is made up of six segments, three upright standards and three downward falls. Located near the extremity on the underside of the style branch is the stigmatic surface through which the iris flower is fertilized. The root of the iris is the thinnest and most peripheral. The Iris flowers have three pollination units, each of which is composed of a sepal and stylar branch subtended by a single anther and the nectary.

    Iris can be mulched lightly (for winter protection and weed control) as long as the mulch does not cover the rhizome. Irises can tolerate some shade during the hot California summer days (or similar climate).

    Ground Iris often seem to be associated with Oak woodlands. Iris plants are native throughout the Northern temperate regions of the world. In fact, these perennials are happy to bloom lavishly over a very wide area of North America.

    The iris flower is named after the Greek goddess Iris who carries messages of love from heaven to earth using a rainbow as her bridge. Probably because irises come in a rainbow of different colors. The goddess Iris often served as Hera's personal messenger according to many ancient sources - making her a kind of female version of Hermes.

    The most familiar irises are the tall (at least 28 inches) bearded irises (Iris germanica). And irises are tough being both deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. It is important that the roots of newly transplanted irises are established before any cold weather. Generally, the best time to transplant iris is in the summer, after the iris have finished blooming, up until fall.

    Irises can live a long time, making it possible for irises to be passed around in families - indeed often family irises are passed down from great grandmothers to grandmothers and eventually end in the youngest of adult gardener's gardens. One reader has commented that his bearded irises are about 30 years old, for example.



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      An international authority on irises offers the first definitive book in English on the history and cultivation of the Japanese iris.

       

       


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    Is it Time to Get a Rain Barrel?
    May 30th, 2016 by Aldouspi

    For gardens and yards, watering is always a concern. And with the local climate varying from the past, some of you might be experiencing less rain than normal. Now is a good time to consider getting a rain barrel or two to capture rain water for those drier days.

    Here are some thoughts and observations about rain barrels:

    What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater from rooftops at either the downspout or the lowest pitch area of your home's roof. You can then use the collected water for your garden or flowers and even to wash the car.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that lawn and garden watering make up about 40 percent of household water use in summer months, and that a rain barrel will save most homeowners 1,300 gallons of water during that time.

    If your rain barrel is elevated, make certain that it is secure so that it cannot tip over. Note that the best place for a rain barrel is where downspouts discharge onto or near a hard surface, such as a driveway, sidewalk, or patio, where the water cannot be absorbed.

    Make sure your Rain Barrel is mosquito-proof! Generally, a good rain barrel will have a screen that will keep insects and debris from getting into the barrel, but let the water flow in. While most rain barrels have a screen over the intake, reducing the amount of leaf litter and other debris from reaching the intake will greatly reduce the amount of debris that makes it through the screen or prevents water from entering the barrel - clean those gutters.

    Depending upon where you live, if the rain barrel is not made of a material specifically designed for freezing temperatures, disconnect it during the winter to avoid damage. Rain barrels are often made from 55-gallon food-grade plastic barrels, although they can also be made of wood. A typical rain barrel will weigh over 400 pounds when full.

    A standard 55-gallon rain barrel can fill in a matter of minutes during a strong rainstorm. So what happens when you rain barrel is full during a storm or downpour? Your rain barrel will overflow during heavy rain, so be sure you can direct the overflow.You can let the excess run off as it normally would, away from your home or neighbor's home or to handle larger volumes of water, consider water management practices such as rain gardens. And your water barrel should include a spigot and a downspout diverter.

    Another value for your rain barrel, is that it can also help reduce the amount of water that may settle around the foundation of your home. and depending upon how much you store and use during the year, these containers can have a positive effect on your water bill. The addition of a barrel stands create a larger offset between the spigot and the ground, making it easier to fill watering cans and for general use.

    Store-bought rain barrels often include functional features such as an outlet for a garden hose and watering can, and a child safety lock. Also, rain barrels often are available through classes at your county Extension office.

    Now that you know a bit more about these water collecting containers, here is a rain barrel I recommend you check out:

    RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot, Wood Grain

    • Authentic oak barrel texture is molded into each barrel; Will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation
    • Flat back to sit flush against a wall; Linkable to other barrels to increase water collection
    • Save water and money by capturing rainwater to use for your lawn and garden; Optional stand to make filling watering cans easier (sold separately)
    • Aluminum screen keeps out debris and insects; Designed to be child and pet safe with no large openings
    • Brass Spigot shut off valve for hose hook-up with dual overflow; A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall
    • Rain barrel stand is recommended for best use
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    Embrace nature's solution to our emerging water shortage--collect rainwater! When drought sets in and rain is short, rain barrels can provide that precious water you need for your lawn and garden. For style, an authentic oak barrel, wood grain texture is molded into each barrel which will not fade, rot or risk insect infestation.

    The RTS Accents rain barrel has many unique features including a flat back to sit flush against a wall, linkable to other rain barrels for increased capacity, screen to keep out debris and insects, and a shut off valve for hose hook up with dual overflow.

    This rain barrel can provide up to 50 gallons of pure unchlorinated water. During heavy rain falls, a typical roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water and by saving that water, you can reduce your average water usage. With those kinds of savings, this rain barrel can pay for itself in just a few seasons.

    A front side overflow keeps water from flooding against your outside wall. It is recommended that you drain your barrels when temperatures approach the freezing point.

    Actual Customer Comment: This is what you want. Perfect rain barrel that parks against your wall saving space with its flat side and collecting water. Brass faucet makes this a plus. Opening where down spout supplies water is covered by screen to prevent breeding of mosquitos. I plan on buying another, it's that good.

    Actual Customer Comment: This product is some kind of plastic but looks like a rustic wood barrel with metal straps even when you're standing very close to it. Just ask all my friends that had to actually touch it to be convinced it wasn't wood! Ive now used it to capacity a few times after rainstorms and highly recommend it. You'll also want to buy one of the stands so you can run a hose from the tap at the bottom.

    => For more about this rain barrel click here: RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot, Wood Grain


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