Recent Composting Articles

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Ugh, What Happened to the Compost?!

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 19, 2014

Ah, compost. That rich, earthy smell, those happy worms, those organic materials breaking down to provide fantastic soil for nourishing your garden. You just want to stick your hands...

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Heat Up the House With Compost

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 10, 2014

When compost breaks down, it provides a lot of heat as a byproduct -- so much heat that you can actually cook with it -- and many people have long wondered why that heat should go to...

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9 Uses for Pumpkin

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 01, 2013

I'll let you in on a little secret: you can do a lot more with pumpkins than turn them into Halloween decorations or pie. Sure, you might have heard of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin...

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November Garden Checklist

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 31, 2013

It's Halloween (eek!) today, which means that we're counting down rapidly towards the end of the year. Tomorrow, a new month dawns, and that means it's time to start thinking about...

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What to do With All These LEAVES?!

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 23, 2013

The hills are alive with color this time of year, so much so that some people are even taking road trips to check out the beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds. And they definitely do...

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5 Interesting Compost Management Systems

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 11, 2013

Compost: everybody's doing it, or they should be. Food waste is a major contributor to landfills, which is why some cities are starting to get aggressive about requiring composting,...

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Animal-Free Fertilizers for Your Healthy Home Garden

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 28, 2012

Did you know that many of the traditional organic fertilizers, for hobby home gardeners, for professional landscapers and for large-scale commercial farmers, are derived from animals...

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Rabbits: Great for Green Gardens

Posted by s.e. smith | Jun 25, 2012

For those interested in expanding their microlivestock beyond chickens, rabbits are another species to think about. While they can be sensitive, they generate manure that is ideal for...