News & Updates
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How should I use vermicompost?
Feb 17 2009
Vermicompost can be used as a fertilizer and pesticide in your garden. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah Martin suggests 5 uses for vermicompost: 1. Add to potting soil. Use a ratio of about 15-20% vermicompost to 80-85% potting soil. 2. Topdress houseplants. Apply a 1/4 in. deep layer over the surface...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: What are the pros and cons of tumblers, stackable bins, and compost heaps?
Feb 3 2009
Composting will become one of your favorite hobbies if you take the time to personalize the way you interact with your compost. With this in mind, different people will appreciate different methods of maintaining their compost piles. Many new composters have called in asking what sort of compost pile they should build for their needs.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Is my compost ready for my garden?
Jan 27 2009
With spring planting time approaching we have been receiving a lot questions about when compost is ready for the garden. It is very important to ensure your compost is mature before adding it to you garden to avoid "burning" your plants, etc. Master Composter Juliet Salbato offered some great tips for determining the maturity of your...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How can I harvest castings from my worm bin?
Jan 20 2009
There are a number of ways to harvest castings from your worm bin from adding another tier to dumping the contents on plastic in the sun. Some of our Master Composters even recommend adding some melon that the worms will migrate to. Depending on the type of bin you have, you may find some methods are more effective than others. What do...
Tetanus Shots for Composting?
Jan 16 2009
Tetanus is a disease of the central nervous system caused by bacteria that are present in soil and manure. Because this bacteria is so widespread, even a small open cut can put you at risk of contracting the disease. Vaccination provides protection against tetanus.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How can I improve the quality of my compost?
Jan 13 2009
Does your compost pile smell, even though you know it shouldn't? Is your compost not turning quickly in spite of your close watch and care? A simple yet frequent cause of both problems is that the carbon to nitrogen ratio (C:N) in your compost is not ideal, which can hinder proper digestion and promote uwnanted microorganisms.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Am I an "active" or "passive" composter?
Jan 5 2009
When you take your first venture in to composting, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is how you plan on taking care of your compost bin. An integral part of this question is how much time you want to put in to your pile and how quickly you want to turn your organics in to garden friendly compost.