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What vegetables should I grow to save money?

If you’re like most people, you’re always looking for ways to save money. One great way to do that is by growing your own vegetables. Not only will you reduce what you are currently spending at the market, but you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing exactly what’s in your vegetables. your own food. But…

The pros and cons of composting vs worm composting

Composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help out the environment. If done correctly you can get amazing food for your plants. As worm composting becomes more popular, people often what to know which composting method, traditional aerobic composting vs worm composting is best. While most people assume they are the…

Composting with Coffee Grounds: How to Speed Up Composting at Home

Do you like coffee? Do you compost? If you aren’t composting with coffee grounds you’re missing out. Coffee grounds are a must-have for us at home. Composting with coffee grounds is a great way to speed up your composting at home while adding nitrogen to our compost piles. Yes, you can use coffee grounds in…

Earthworms: A Comprehensive Guide to the Different Types of Earthworms Found in Soil

A worm is just a worm……but not really. Earthworms come in many shapes, colours, and sizes. Different species are prevalent in different climates and they all have a role to play in the world around us. There are over a thousand different individual species of earthworms all over the world. There are different types of…

The Fascinating Earthworm Life Cycle: From cocoon to Adult

Do you know what happens to earthworms during their lifetime? Most people don’t. Earthworms go through a fascinating life cycle that starts with them laying cocoons, to hatching into little wormlings, to becoming juveniles and finally adults. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the life cycle of earthworms and find…

How to use Coffee grounds in the Garden

We love coffee grounds. Coffee grounds have a long list of uses in the garden. It’s amazing how this thing we so often throw away can be so useful. Form composting to soil amendments coffee grounds in the garden are good for a long list of things. Since we’ve learned about so many ways we…

Common Earthworm Myths: Fact or Fiction?

Earthworms are amazing creatures but also highly misunderstood. In this article, I want to address some of the myths about earthworms. I’ve heard many over the years and it’s about time we clear up if these earthworm myths are actually fact or fiction. If you cut a worm in half you get two worms This…

Benefits of Worm Castings and How to Use It

If you’ve been gardening for some time you would know that earthworms are beneficial to the garden. There are many types of earthworms, all with slightly different roles in the soil. Many gardeners (myself included) use composting earthworms to turn our food and yard waste into worm castings. Over time, the benefits of worm castings…

Earthworm Benefits: The importance of earthworms in soil

Earthworms are frequently referred to as a farmer’s friend because of the amazing benefits of earthworms in soil. The role of earthworms in soil includes tilling and aerating the soil. Their castings (i.e. worm poop) are full of beneficial microorganisms and can be used immediately by plants. Earthworms play an important role in the soil…

Fish as fertilizer for plants

Have you ever thought of using fish as fertilizer when planting? As strange as it may seem it isn’t uncommon. Using fish as fertilizer for plants has a long history. Fish has been used as fertilizer for at least 10,000 years and was a very important part of the Egyptian farming system. When preparing the…

Calcium for Plants: How to Add Calcium to Soil

All plants need calcium. Calcium is used by plants in the formation of cell walls and cell membranes. Calcium for plants is an immobile nutrient, meaning it cannot be moved by the plant from one area of the plant to another (plants can do this with mobile nutrients such as nitrogen). It is therefore important…

Can You Compost Eggshells?

Eggshells are the one material that can be confusing if you are new to composting. Because it’s an animal product, but not quite meat, it leaves many people wondering Can you compost eggshells? or Can eggshells be composted? and the truth is, yes you can. You should compost your eggshells. Eggshells are a natural source…

Compost bins for home use

Composting is one of my favourite gardening activities. Seeing what was once garbage being turned into important food for plants by microbes invisible to the naked eye is a truly amazing thing. It’s a reminder that there is so much going on around us that we can’t see. Purchasing a compost bin for home use…

Planting by the moon phases for beginners

Planting by the moon phases is something I always heard about as a child. I remember my grandmother waiting for a certain moon phase to trim her roses. Now, I frequently hear fellow gardeners and farmers waiting for a certain moon to plant, prune or harvest their crops. “Does it matter though?” That’s the question…

Benefits of using Biochar in the Garden

There are many benefits of using biochar in your soil, including needing to water your plants less often.

Is Worm Composting Vegan?

“Is worm composting Vegan?” may sound like a strange question, but it does come up from time to time. While it may seem like a strange question to most, I suppose the best answer in the strictest of terms is it depends.

Gardening in Trinidad and Tobago: A Local Gift Guide for Home Growers

Gardening in Trinidad and Tobago is something most of our parents have done at some point. One of the great things we are seeing is more people developing unique, local products along the food production value chain.

10 Ingredients to Boost the Quality of Your Compost

Keeping your compost pile as diverse as possible helps support the diverse microbial life you would want to end up in your soil. In this article I go through some ingredients you can add to boost the quality of your compost at home.

How to Make Calcium Powder from Eggshells

Eggshells are a great addition to the garden. Making calcium powder from eggshells is a very simple process. When making calcium powder from eggshells you want it to be as fine as possible. This allows a greater surface area for the microbes to work. Breaking down that calcium powder into a form that is available…

10 Quick Tips for How to Maintain a Worm Farm

So you’ve decided you want to start your worm farm. You’ve purchased (or made) a new home for your worms, and everything is set up and ready to go. The good thing is, worms are pretty low maintenance creatures. They do pretty well if they are nearly neglected. As long as the conditions are just…

Bokashi vs Composting: Which One is Right for You

When thinking about composting, most people think it’s a one size fits all solution. Both Bokashi and composting are great solutions to help manage your food waste.

How to make compost tea from worm castings

Compost tea as a nutrient and microbial rich liquid fertilizer that you can use on your plants. The nutrients are in liquid form compost tea can easily be absorbed by your plants and your soil having an almost immediate effect in improving soil fertility. While you can make compost tea from almost any type of…

How to Make Ginger Powder

One of the things you will discover early on in your home growing journey is that you can sometimes grow more food than you and your family need. And, while you may be able to give away most of it to extended family and friends you may want to store some for later use. We…

How to make a DIY Bokashi bin

Our Bokashi bin sits discreetly in the corner of our kitchen. Once we are preparing food regularly at home it can take a couple of weeks to fill up. We then set it aside and start another bin. While most bokashi bins aren’t particularly expensive. They can last several years and don’t need any major maintenance.  If you are wondering what is bokashi then you should probably read this article and then come back to this one. However, if you are wondering how to build your own, DIY bokashi bin, then you’re in the right place.

How To Compost in an Apartment

Maybe you are an environmentalist at heart and want to do your part for the world. Maybe you’re an indoor plant mom and wish you could turn your food waste into compost for your plants. Or maybe you live in a place where you have to pay extra for garbage collection and you are wondering…

How to Compost With Worms: A Complete Guide

If you’re brand new to worm farming there are a few things to consider when learning how to compost with worms. Adding worms to your garden’s ecosystem can be extremely beneficial. Worm farming (also known as vermiculture) is the process of using earthworms to turn organic waste (in most cases food waste) into worm castings.…

How to make Bokashi Bran at Home

There are 2 options, for making bokashi bran. Making it with an effective microbial solution, or creating your own.

Bokashi Composting: Everything You Need To Get Started

Bokashi composting is great way for people with limited space to manage the food waste form their homes. Bokashi is a method of breaking down food waste in the absence of oxygen.

Bokashi Composting: Your Most Important Questions Answered

Your common bokashi questions answered.

How to Start Worm Composting

In this article we will be talking about how to start worm composting. Vermicomposting isn’t just good for the garden it’s great for the environment as well.

Everything You Need to Know to Germinate Seeds at Home

Growing from seed is both challenging and rewarding. My goal for this article is to explain everything you need to know to germinate your seeds at home. Our first step is choosing the type of seeds you would like to grow.

A Container Gardening Guide for Beginners

If you’re growing at home you are most likely growing at least some of your plants in containers. For those with limited space container gardening is a huge win. Containers can be moved around fairly easily, can save a lot of space and if you are renting you can carry your garden with you when you move. 

5 Things to Consider When Planning your Home Vegetable Garden.

To have a successful garden, planning is key. Here are 5 key rings to consider when planning your home garden.

Why Compost is Good For Your Soil

To say compost in good for your soil might just be the understatement of the decade.

Why Rainwater is Better for Plants

“If chlorine was meant to kill bacteria in the water that we drink then isn’t it also killing some of the good bacteria in my soil?” After a lot of research and experimenting in my own garden I was convinced. Rainwater is better for plants than tap water.

How to Tell If You Are Overwatering Your Plants

Overwatering your plants can be a huge problem. While under watering your plants can be extremely detrimental (or even fatal) so can overwatering.

5 Home Gardening Books Every New Gardener Should Read

As a new gardener, not knowing where or how to start can be difficult. These are some resources I learned a lot from and wish I read my first year gardening. Here are the 5 books I think every gardener should read in their first year of trying to grow their food at home.

7 Veggies and Herbs You Can Grow in the Shade

While those shady areas shouldn’t be your first option for growing most vegetables you probably need to find ways to maximize whatever space is available. Fortunately, there are still some shade tolerant vegetables and herbs that will grow in those areas.

Should I Use Mulch in My Garden?

Adding a layer of natural mulch has lots of benefits to your garden.

How to Decide What to Grow in Your Garden

How to decide what to grow in your home vegetable garden. A step by step for first time gardeners.