How To’s & Other Shared Info
We use this page to share information about some of the projects, tips, tools, we think are worthy of passing along.
A worm tower provides small-scale on-the-spot vermicomposting. By creating a chamber right in your garden where you feed worms your kitchen scraps, they in return deposit worm castings in the area surrounding the worm tower. This is a great system in a “zone 1″ kitchen garden right outside your door. The tower (which is mostly underground) can be as simple and small as a pvc pipe or as large and elaborate as you care to make it. We use a 5-gallon bucket. Click the button here to download instructions for making a worm tower.
A grow bucket uses the same concept as an “Earth Box”—it’s a fail-proof means of container gardening that ensures your plant always has just the right amount of water (provided you water it). A reservoir of water and wicking source allows the soil and plant maintain the perfect hydration level. Click the button here to download instructions for making a grow bucket.
From Plant To Plate
FromPlantToPlate.org is a website that we set up to provide free, easy-to-follow instructions to help folks get started on their fresh food path. The site contains information about growing, selecting, storing and preparing fresh vegetables. There are “info sheets” for over 40 common vegetables that can be downloaded to be used by anyone just getting started with fresh veggies or by educators or market vendors wanting to help others get started.
Native Bee Condo
In an effort to support native pollinators, various types of bee houses and the larger bee “condos” are becoming more popular. However there’s some controversy around the issues of concentrated populations of bees (or anything else) due to high levels of disease and infestation that can develop. We are piloting a new design for a bee condo that will address those issues. Click the button here to learn about our innovative Rotating Native Bee Condo design.
Restaurant-Scale Vermicompost System
We are developing a pilot for partnering with local restaurants to handling their pre-consumer, plant-based kitchen waste in a year-round vermicomposting system. This model significantly reduces the amount of waste the kitchens pay to have hauled off to a landfill; it provides the garden with a steady supply of rich organic material; and it is a far more environmentally responsible and sustainable method of dealing with commercial kitchen waste. Click the button here to learn about our Vermicompost System.
Most of the compost we get is city leaf compost that the City has gathered durring fall collection days. It’s a great resource, but it often has a lot of debris—organic and otherwise. So we have devised a sifting method. It’s easy to build the sifter if you have the materials and a few tools. Click the button here to download instructions for making a compost sifter.