Composting at Home – Two Easy Ways To Enrich Your Soil


This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
I have another exciting episode for you. Today we’re here in Las Vegas, Nevada, actually
at a viewer’s house that I have visited before. He’s pretty much an expert grower. He’s been
doing it a long time. He’s been trialing different things, growing inside, growing outside, but
more importantly than all that stuff is he’s making his own compost. So, what we’re going
to do today is show you guys like the compost he makes himself here on site, and some of
the stuff he bought, and the purpose of this episode is to encourage you guys to make your
on compost. It’s as simple as throwing your food scraps into a little compost bin. So,
let’s go inside and check it out. Now we’re in Jason’s backyard and we’re looking at his
turning compost bin. Now, he says he doesn’t recommend this style because the way this
works is it’s actually sitting on top of these wheels and when the bin gets really full it’s
really hard to spin around. That being said, he just dumps stuff in here, and guess what?
Compost happens, and if you don’t remember anything else from when compost happens, whatever
you put in there, whether you have the right mixture of greens to browns, that’s your carbon
to nitrogen ratio, it’ll happen. Sometimes it happens slower, sometimes it happens faster,
and of course if you get dialed in, you could be making your compost really quickly. Let’s
go ahead and open this guy up, and check it out. This compost looks amazing. Wow, I could
feel the heat coming off this stuff, but if we go in here, like this is nice, dark, rich
compost. This is what you should aspire to be growing in. Stuff that looks just like
that. Now, one of the things was that he can’t produce as much compost as he needs and, you
know, if I needed to produce as much compost as I need, I’d need like a big area to dedicate
to that. So, he doesn’t want to do that but he does make some compost. So, he has to buy
some compost to fill in his raised beds, and that’s in this bucket right here, and check
this out. We’re going to compare these 2 side by side. I mean, I could dig in this compost
here, and I mean there’s a lot of pine needles and woodchips and it’s not quite broken down,
and I know the camera can pick up the color difference. Look at that, this stuff is nice,
dark, and rich deep color, and this stuff is all loose and not sticking together. I
mean, this is almost like compost sand, and you definitely want to grow in nice compost
that has some structure, like the stuff he made. I’m lucky enough often enough to have
a nice compost company nearby where I can get something like Sonoma compost that make
a high quality compost, but you want to remember, you know, the compost quality could vary widely
depending on where you live and for a lot of companies, they’re just blasting out compost
and trying to make a buck, you know, and they’re not necessarily making the best stuff, but
when you make it at home, you can make the best compost ever. Another way Jason is composting
besides his turning bin is actually with worms, and, you know, worm composting in many cases
is actually a lot easier because literally the worms do all the work. All you got to
do is remember to feed them and keep them the right level of moisture in there. They
don’t like it too moist, but they don’t like to too dry either. Right here, Jason is using
the worm factory 360, and this is his first worm bin he got, and we can open this up and
see in here he’s actually got some nice compost happening, and here are some words in there,
and they’re moving around and he’s feeding them, but, you know, the work factory worked
really well for him, but Jason is kind of like myself, you know. He’ll research things
and try to find the best device or the best tool for the job, and instead of using the
worm factory he’s using what’s called a worm inn, and actually he’s telling me that’s actually
works twice as fast as a worm factory 360, so let’s check that one out next. Now we’re
looking t the worm inn, and this is Jason’s improved composter, and once again, he said
this works about twice as fast, and let me go ahead and explain how this works. Basically,
you buy it, and you buy the PVC. It come’s with actually this big bag itself and the
corner pieces so that you can make your own frame to hold it up. Basically, this is life
a big bag, and on the bottom it has a drawstring that opens up the bottom and it let’s all
the finished worm casting or worm compost come out, and in most cases, I actually like
worm casting more than just standard compost because the worms when the worms poop they
put some enzymes and everything and it’s really rich and good for your garden. How this works
is you basically fill it up, you put some bedding material in there to get them started,
and you get the food scraps, put them in there, and then you put the worms in, and what happens
is the worms will eat all the food, and then you add more food, and then the worms migrate
up. Hey always like to go up. What happens is, as they go up, they’re leaving their castings
on the bottom. You’re then going to open this up and the casting will fall out, and then
the worms are up at the top so you’re not going to get too many worms when you harvest
the castings. This is called the continuous flow or flow through system because it just,
the stuff just literally flows through, and I think I actually like this better and I’m
going to have to pick one of these up and I want to thank Jason for being a guinea pig
for letting me know this actually works. On the top here is made out of a mesh fabric,
and this mesh is supposed to keep the bugs out, and also you can pour water through there.
Keeping worms is really easy. Worms eat their weight in food a day. So, say you have a pound
of worms, they can eat 1 pound of, you know, vegetable matter. Especially if you’re a juicer,
juice pulp is probably one of worms’ favorite things to eat because it’s already pre-broken
down. What better thing to do with your juice pulp than to make worm casting and enrich
your garden. I’m quite happy I was able to share with you the way that Jason is composting.
Once again, I want to encourage everybody out there to make your won compost, whether
you just have a pile, whether you just pile up stuff, whether you dig a big hole and put
it in there, there’s many different ways to compost, you get a bin or make your own been
out of pallets, you can get, you know, a worm factory, a worm inn, or even just a rubber
made tote, and you could line that and have it underneath your sink with the worms in
there to eat your food scraps, and you could make your own compost at home. It’s definitely
by far, the best growing medium to grow in. So, hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode.
Once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com. We’ll see you next time, and keep on composting.

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