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Making your Own Compost Soil to Liven Up your Garden

By Edited May 8, 2016 1 0

You always knew that earthworms were good for the soil in your garden; did you know that if it weren't for earthworms, soil would not exist and agriculture would be possible? There is no end of good work that goes into the making of a healthy and wholesome soil, and earthworms with all they do to improve aeration, help with how much water the soil is capable of holding, churn up the minerals from the bottom, and loosen soil up, are pretty much completely indispensable for success in any garden or farm. If you have always been on the lookout for a better way to get earthworms to enrich your garden soil, here's how you make organic compost soil possible with earthworms.

What you need to start out is a large crate. Plunk it down on a place in your garden that gets a lot of sun. It would be easy to use if your spot happens to be somewhere close to your kitchen so that you can throw all your vegetable peel and assorted waste directly out of your kitchen window and into the crate. You can line the bottom of your box with lots of newspapers to seal it off and to keep it from leaking. Your first layer will be stuff like old dry twigs and leaves, lawn clippings, and a little moist dirt. You'll find earthworms all over your soil especially right after it's rained. Look under leaves or sheltered spots. If you can't find any, all you need to do is run off to the bait shop and get some for yourself. You'll just need a few worms. They multiply, you know. You're about ready to get started with your compost soil project now.

Throw in into the crate any bits from the kitchen that are left over from a salad - carrots, potatoes, peels of anything; plants in your garden that have died can do too. Make sure that you don't throw any weeds in your box. You will have quite a time clearing the weeds out of your box if you do. If you raise chickens, chicken droppings make quite an addition too. One thing to keep out of your compost soil box is manure from anything that eats meat - like a dog. Don't use anything with oil in it in your box either, or you'll be attracting flies and not a healthy population of earthworms. Now that you have all the right stuff in there, you need to leave it alone most of the time. Moisten it down with a little water (not too much), and cover it over to keep your earthworms safe from birds that like worms.

Composting soil keeps warm - you don't have to worry for the health of your earthworms in the winter. In the summer, you just want your earthworms to not get too warm; or you will want to leave your cover open some of the time. Once a month or so, use a shovel to gently stir your compost up. In about three months or so, your compost should be ready. Spread it all over your garden, and watch them sprout

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