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How to Build a Tumbling Composter: 11 Steps

How to Build a Tumbling Composter: 11 Steps
Edit Article Edited by Tom Stricker, James Quirk, Tom Viren, Sondra C and 28 others One of the keys to composting is aeration. The bacteria need oxygen to carry out the aerobic respiration that creates rich compost. Ad Steps 1Buy a plastic drum, between 20 and 55 gallons (75-200 liters). 11Check the contents occasionally, and when they are broken down by the bacteria in the drum, remove them to use for soil amending, mulch, and other purposes around your lawn and garden. Tips Composting (decomposing) occurs more quickly in warm weather.You could also build the tumbler on a diagonal axis (enough to create a slope) and put a plug in the bottom of the drum, which would allow you to add water that will help the decomposition and create a liquid fertilizer when drained from the drum.If your barrel is a light color you might consider painting it a dark green, brown, or black. Warnings Related:  Gardening and Foraging

Healthy News and Information by Hannah Kastoryano Cinnamon. It’s delicious AND nutritious for us. BUT did you know it’s beneficial for plants too? We’ve written countless times about adding more cinnamon to our diets. 1-Seedlings Imagine little sea turtles tucked away in their little sandy womb, breaking their little shells, climbing to the harsh surface, and running to the ocean for shelter. There may be no birds or sharks attacking the seeds, but there are diseases. 2-Wild Mushrooms As mentioned earlier with my little sead turtle analogy, mushrooms don’t like cinnamon. 3-Rooting Hormone Rooting hormone stimulates root growth. 4-Ant Deterrent We love cinnamon. 5-Plant Wounds Accidentally cutting or wounding your plants may make you feel guilty and apologetic to your plant. 6-House Plants Don’t forget about your indoor plants while pruning your outdoor ones. Cinnamon is a natural and affordable way to keep you and your plants healthy and flourishing! Source: Share: Comments comments

Composting: A timetable Everyone knows that composting your fruit and vegetable scraps and other biological material is much better than sending those scraps to the city dump, where they would turn into methane gas. But one thing people usually don't consider when starting a compost pile is how long it will take to turn into ripe compost. Here is a simple guide to give you an idea of how long it will take, using different composting methods. Hot Turn: 20 Days Hot turn piles are the most labor intensive and have more demanding basic requirements, but they produce finished compost much faster than other methods. Slow No Turn: 3-12 Months The easiest way to compost is to set up a pile in your yard where you dump your food scraps, leaves, lawn and yard clippings and simply let them naturally decompose. Worm Bin: 1-3 Months With worm bin composting, the more well-established the worms are in numbers the quicker they are able to process food scraps. Black Soldier Fly: 3 Weeks This article was reprinted with permission.

30 Unexpected and Unusual Things You Can Compost | Green Composting isn't just for food, silly! You'll be surprised at all the strange, random junk you can toss in the compost bucket. Don't draw the line at peach pits and coffee grounds - start chucking the following items into that bucket and watch your garbage bill go down while you create top-drawer dirt (and help the planet, of course). 1. 2. 3. magazines 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. cereal boxes 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. matches 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. It may seem like weird science, but all of the above objects are fully compostable. Sources: Cheap Like Me, Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano ALSO CHECK OUT: 5 Steps for Better Recycling10 Bearable Alternatives to Indoor Composting12 Clever Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds10 Things You Can't Recycle Images: johndan, theseanster93, pawpaw67, laszlo-photo

Healthy News and Information by ARIANA MARISOL Peanuts are not actually nuts, they are a vegetable that belongs to the legume family. Learn how to grow peanuts in your garden and enjoy the benefits of this hassle free, delicious crop. Peanuts are native to South America and take about 120 days tomature. The plant is hardy and can withstand light spring and fall frosts. Although peanut plants are normally considered to be Southern crops, Northern gardeners can grow them successfully if they start the plants indoors, and use certain varieties that can withstand cooler climates. Planting Peanuts require full sun and soil with good drainage. Peanut seeds can be planted hulled or unhulled but be sure not to remove the thin, pinkish brown seed coverings, otherwise the seed will not germinate. If you live in a cooler climate, start your peanut plant indoors in a large pot about a month before the last frost. If you live in a warmer climate, plant your crop outdoors around the last expected frost. Growing Harvesting Share:

Building a Two-Can Bioreactor Purpose Two-can bioreactors are designed to be used as small-scall indoor composting units for families, and for composting as an educational tool in the classroom. Materials 32-gallon plastic garbage can 20-gallon plastic garbage can drill brick spigot (optional) duct tape (optional) insulation (optional) Construction Using a drill, make 15 to 20 holes (0.5" to 1" diameter) through the bottom of the 20-gallon can. Note: A system of 10-gallon plastic garbage cans that can fit inside 20-gallon cans can be substituted if space is a problem. The composting process in the cans will take from three to five weeks. Credits

Butler SWCD: Pond advice What information is available regarding pond construction and maintenance? The Butler SWCD has a wide variety of fact sheets and other publications which focus on different aspects of pond construction, wildlife, fish, and plant life. Stop in and ask to see the "Pond Reference Guide". Some of the items on our "suggested reading" list include, but are certainly not limited to those listed below. Ponds: For Work or Play- includes pond types, spillway requirements, design suggestions, construction hints, site selection tips, sealing and safety. Pond Clinics Two programs are held each spring to provide information about a variety of pond issues; management, stocking, weeds, wildlife, etc. Before the program starts, someone is available for plant identification, so bring in a wet sample of your pesky plant. Is someone able to come out to my property and provide some advice? Yes, but scheduling is tight. Is there someone you would recommend to build my new pond?

Healthy Facts About Those Roly Poly Bugs In Your Yard Photo credit: Everyone knows what roly poly bugs are! You might call them by a different name: Woodlice, pill bugs, wood louse, even armadillo bugs. No matter what you call them, almost every child in the world had pulled up a log or brick and found these tiny grey bugs, touched them so that they rolled up into a ball, and then played with them for a while. What few people realize is that these roly poly bugs feed on decaying matter, improving our soil. If you have previously dismissed these little guys as nothing more than bugs, you should think twice. It’s good to know that pill bugs love fungus! When you first plant seeds or very small seedlings, you might want to remove any pill bugs you find, and put them in a pot with lots of decaying matter until your plants get a bit larger. One really cool thing about these little grey garden workers is that they remove heavy metals from the soil. READ ALSO: DIY Insect Traps: No Chemicals, No More Bugs, No Diseases! References:

Rain barrels: Butler SWCD Rain barrels, considered by many as outdated technology, are on the comeback. Sure, they are old fashioned. In fact, collecting rainwater for use in barrels or other containers is an ancient practice. Historical records show that they have been used in Thailand as far back as 2,000 years ago. Residential water use typically increases 40 to 50 % during summer months due to outdoor water use. A rain barrel can reduce this usage by collecting and storing storm water from your rooftop. To keep your rain barrel safe, make sure it has either a small enough opening that a child cannot fall in, or a safety strip reducing the size of the opening. Where Can I Get A Rain Barrel? Rain barrels are becoming more popular, and so there are many sources: Butler SWCD sells rain barrels through a partnership with the Butler County Storm Water District. Check with your local garden center or stores such as Tractor Supply, Home Depot, and Lowes as they sometimes have rain barrels for sale. Tools: Supplies

Monsanto Buys Up Heirloom Seed Suppliers The NM Tree and Garden Center located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico has discovered that Monsanto is buying heirloom seed companies. They are also buying the trademarks to a number of heirloom seeds. This means that you may think you are supporting an heirloom seed company but in reality the company is owned by Monsanto. Monsanto are also buying trademarks so that no matter where you buy certain seeds, they get money from it. Here's some tips on how to avoid Monsanto. We need to all do our research when buying seeds (or any organically labelled product for that matter). In Europe we have witnessed a proactive corporate programme to buy up ethical/organic companies. This is a deliberate strategy - so much so that Triodos Bank actually have a European fund to help small organic companies stay independent and resist being bought up. Why are small organic/heirloom marques being acquired by the big global corporates? Ethics in Action Permaculture is all about Earthcare, Peoplecare and Fair shares.

Rain Gardens: Butler SWCD A rain garden is a planted depression in your yard that captures rainwater from roofs, driveways and walkways where rain water cannot be absorbed by the ground. The rain garden reduces runoff by allowing rainwater to slowly soak into the ground instead of flowing to storm drains and creeks. This reduces erosion, water pollution and flooding. Rain gardens usually are filled with native plants. Remember before you dig to call the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) at 1-800-362-2764 to find out if there are any buried pipes or lines. "How To" Guide The Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, a member of the Greater Cincinnati Rain Garden Alliance, has information on rain gardens, typical plants, and a how to guide on their website. Visit Local Rain Gardens Here is a list of local rain gardens with contact info for the main contact person at each site.

Wild Edible Greens, Foraging Your Own Wild Superfoods Wild edible greens are leafy green plants that grow in wild unattended places all over the world. There are specific varieties that are edible to humans and can be picked for FREE in "nature’s garden." Foraging for wild food is one of humankind’s most basic survival instincts that has long been forgotten since the invention of large scale agriculture. Not that we don’t love kale, bok choy and collards, but there is a nutritional component that we have to give up for these larger sized leaves, sacrificing quality for quantity. Fortunately, we can still consume our wild nutrients by gathering edible wild greens when we find them prolifically growing in uncultivated patches of earth. It is good to be familiar with about 10-20 wild green types, what they look like and where they thrive in your local region or traveled locations. It is ALWAYS important that you positively identify all wild edible greens before you eat them as there are many poisonous plants and look-a-likes.

Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment - Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, Barbara Loss Harris How to Grow Hydroponics Without Chemicals To grow hydroponics, one needs water, containers, tubes, sponges, lights and a hydroponic plant. Start growing various things in water without using... An alternative to organic farming, which is costly and time-consuming, hydroponics is a ...