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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Gardening NZ. Composting and Tiger worms. New Zealand landscaping ideas.

Composting is an excellent way to re- incorporate garden waste (leaves fallen from deciduous trees, kitchen waste, and garden trimmings etc.) back into the garden from which it came.

Tiger worms are the best kind of composting worm to introduce into your compost pile or bins.

With the addition of a hand full of lime from time to time, sprinkle and spread out over the surface of your compost pile. This will encourage the worms to feed more as they like the lime and will be encouraged to eat more to get to the lime.

The addition of top soil occasionally will also help introduce healthy bacteria and organisms into your compost, also promoting faster composting.

An easy, economical way to start your own worm farm is to gather several polystyrene boxes, stack them on top of each other with a Hessian sack between each layer. Fill the boxes with organic mixture as described above and add some worms and let them turn your waste into worm castings, a prime nutritional addition to your garden.

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