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Announcing International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 7-13, composting councils are once again spreading the composting message. Established in Canada in1995, ICAW falls annually during the first full week of May. By 2001, the UK Composting Association, the U.S. Composting Council and Canada joined forces. Each year a theme is …

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Curbside Composting — A Must for Every City

By Larraine Roulston: For the past three decades, creating compost has spread in popularity beyond dedicated gardeners. During the 1990s, enthusiasm grew when municipalities began offering subsidized backyard composters; however, not all residents were keen to experiment, and others had little or no yard space. When sales of composting units began to plateau, city councilors looked …

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My “Punny’’ Valentine

By Larraine Roulston : February hosts the seasonal event when children’s Valentine books and boxes of cut-out cards line the store shelves. Most of these cards will include puns or clichés like these: tigers roaring, “You’re Grrrreat”; cuddly kittens meowing, “You’re Just Purrfect for Me”; and squirrelschattering, “I’m Nuts Over You.”  For children and adults who love to utilize paper, scissors, glue, crayons, lace or red wool, it’s …

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Is It Possible to Compost Everything?

By Larraine Roulston: Compost everything? It is indeed possible when referring to anything that was once alive! Organic materials should be composted, rather than landfilled where they are contributors to elevated levels of CO2. Homeowners can divert over 1/3 of what otherwise would be trashed by composting vegetable/fruit peelings, eggshells, nutshells, …

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Bokashi Composting—From Scraps to Fertilizer

By Fredrica Syren: For years we have composted with a worm bin in our backyard, and the little wigglers would feast on our scraps and turn them into powerful nutrients for our garden. A few months ago, while interviewing Farbror Grön for an article about his roof top farm, he …

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Compost Critter Songs & Games

By Larraine Roulston: Compost Song  (To the tune of the “Hokey Pokey”) You put your wet greens in, You spread your dry browns out, You add a little water and you stir it all about. You invite all your bug friends To have a two-month feast, Then shovel your compost out!  …

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Composting Is Important to the Soil

By Larraine Roulston: International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), celebrated annually the first week of May, is a perfect time to reflect on our respect for the soil. As we work in our gardens this spring, we are nurturing life itself. Healthy soil is chock-full of worms as well as other …

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Getting Ready for Winter Composting

By Larraine Roulston: If you live in an area where cold nights have already nipped the night air, you may be thinking that you won’t be composting much longer. It is just as easy, however, to compost during the cold months as it is in the warmer weather. One of my neighbors …

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Composting in Apartments

By Larraine Roulston: If you live in an apartment or a condo, there is a variety of ways to compost kitchen food scraps and wilted flowers. You can vermicompost by investing in a worm bin. Ontario’s Cathy Nesbitt of www.cathyscrawlycomposters.com offers Worm Chalets, while California’s Jerry Gach, www.thewormdude.com, is the manufacturer of …

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Troubleshooting a Compost Heap

By Larraine Roulston:  Composting is as easy as 1-2-3. It is simply the breakdown of organic matter by bacteria and other organisms into a dark soil-like material. By layering approximately equal amounts of nitrogen (wet greens), kitchen food scraps, and carbon (dry browns) such as leaves, with a little moisture and …

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