Recycle Kitchen Wastes Using a Home Worm Bin

Written by Sherry Palmer

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8.Each time you add food, stirrepparttar bedding up to loosen it and keep it from becoming packed down. It is important to keeprepparttar 116339 air circulating to allowrepparttar 116340 rotting process plenty of oxygen. If your bin gets stinkyrepparttar 116341 food is not getting enough air as it decomposes. Frequent stirring will prevent this. Always coverrepparttar 116342 food with additional damp bedding. 9.You may need to add moisture from time to time in addition torepparttar 116343 food. Never letrepparttar 116344 bedding dry out. Sprinkle lightly with water. Fruit juice is even better. Ifrepparttar 116345 bin is too dry,repparttar 116346 food will stop rotting andrepparttar 116347 worms will not be able to eat it. 10.Place your worms intorepparttar 116348 worm bin. Be sure to dump in all ofrepparttar 116349 old vermicompost that came with your worms. This compost material contains lots of micro-organisms that your bin needs to help keeprepparttar 116350 wastes decomposing sorepparttar 116351 worms can eat it.

The process is fairly slow at first. You won’t see much change from day to day. The worms will grow if you providerepparttar 116352 basics: Moist dark environment Rotting Food (kitchen wastes) Bedding to allow air circulation Stable temperature between 60-75 degrees insiderepparttar 116353 bin.

You can learn more about your home worm bin or order Red Wiggler Worms at our web site:

Sherry Palmer studied horticulture at South Puget Sound Community College and established a small organic farm, Creekside Gardens, on the land where her parents and grandparents once farmed. She raises Red Wiggler compost worms and promotes recycling of kitchen wastes using a home worm bin. Her web site is a great guide to raising worms and offers online sale of Red Wigglers.

Budget Furniture Fix Ups

Written by Kathleen Wilson

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Next onrepparttar list is what is known as “hardgoods”. Tables, chests, entertainment centers. A fast and inexpensive way to transform these items is, you guessed it, paint. Almost anything can be painted these days, including laminate. Simply prime it with a product specifically made for non-porous surfaces…I like BIN or KILZ. Then just use ordinary housepaint. Wood finishes can be just sanded and painted. Consider trying your hand at decorative painting or faux finishing for designed effects. I suggest visiting a few web sites for ideas like,, or Another tight budget option for covering worn or outdated furniture includes using fabric on door and drawer fronts. You can use leftover fabric, fabric from thrift stores or garage sales, or search your own closet. Simply cutrepparttar 116338 fabric slightly larger thanrepparttar 116339 drawer or door front, then use a staple gun to adhere it torepparttar 116340 back, stretching it snug as you go. Try paintingrepparttar 116341 rest ofrepparttar 116342 piece a color picked out ofrepparttar 116343 fabric for a great coordinated look. The last option I am going to throw out there is mosaic tiling. This can be very frugal if you have leftover tiles from another project, or ask your local tiling center if they have broken tiles they would let you have. Another good place to look for free mosaic materials is at residential construction sites, especially ones that are more upscale. Always ask first, but there are always broken tiles when an installation has taken place, and it’s only going to get hauled torepparttar 116344 dump! Mosaic can be as simple as laying broken tile in a random pattern and gluing in place, to laying out intricate patterns, and grouting and sealing your project. You can use it on table or dresser tops, drawer fronts, or even a door itself! You can even producerepparttar 116345 illusion of mosaic by using decorative paper inrepparttar 116346 same manner, cut it into irregular shapes, and glue it on! Whatever you choose to do to update your furniture, impose your own style, take your time, and be proud of your creation!

Copyright 2002 K. Wilson

Kathleen Wilson is the editor of a free ezine/newsletter called The Budget Decorator, dedicated to “budget impaired” home decorating. Visit her at for more free ideas and projects, and for info on her soon to be released book “Quick Decorating Ideas Under $20!: The Budget Decorator’s Bible”.

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