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“Hiring” Some Employees for your Garden

Now this is a tongue in cheek reference making sure you have enough worms and other useful   partners in your garden.
Good soil with plenty of organic material added to build it up and fortify it for current and long term production. Having a compost pile and adding the properly aged compost to the garden builds the  soil and aids in growth and production. BUT WORMS …..

Worms that move into your garden perform 3 basic tasks :

1. Worm “tunnels” allow for beneficial wate and air to get into the soil

2. Worm ‘castings’ ( manure) enrich the soil

3. Worms participate in breaking down organic materials addd to the garden

A gardener can purchase worms but in many cases these will no survive the relocation . Worms can be purchased and used in a vermicomposting system. The best plans for filling a garden with helpful “employees” is to invite them in year round. One trick to invite worms during the growing season is to use worm tubes and veggie kitchen scraps .


Another method is to build up soil in the off season by adding leaves, leaf mold, coffee grounds, compost, kitchen scraps to the garden beds. If the general area soil is healthy Worms will come to materials to be broken down. The worms will stay in The area to aerate th soil and fertilize with castings.


With enough worms, ongoing composting and well planned gardens the soil will become and remain a powerhouse for years to come.
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Grow your garden for $15 a year

Now the first couple of years you may have to buy seed or seedlings but from that point forward you can save seeds as the harvest proceeds.

This allows you to continue producing the goodies that you love to eat and grow without having to invest in seeds every season. Seed saving varies for different species and families of plants but storage is universal.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE for CHEAPSKATES?

1) Freecycle to find supplies- wood, bricks, barrels, cinder blocks even grass, leaves, mulch or compost(plus manure)

2) Collect bagged leaves from the neighborhood, or other neighborhoods

3) Employ worms to break down kitchen scraps and some yard waste…can be found from other “worm” farmers or purchased online…

4)Wood chips and other ground/shredded wood make a great garden base, they can also serve as top dressing to maintain moisture and fight unwanted weeds.  These can be obtained free(but you may need to get them) or for a nominal fee.

5) Build composter(s) with free/recycled items. Bin with wooden pallets, bins with cinder blocks, barrel from old trash can…..

6) find manure you can shovel into a truck bed or trashbag/barrel to bring home

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