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Composting is easy as long as you have the right materials and equipment, but did you know that even the worms are composting's best friend? Vermicomposting or vermiculture is essentially the process of composting with the use of worms and their castings (i.e., worm waste). Using worms for easy composting is an easy and fun way to compost for your garden or house plants, vermicomposting can be done both indoors or out, and requires very little space.
Red worms or red wiggler worms, which are different from earthworms, are the best worms to use for your composting process. You want to stay away from using earthworms because they weren't made to be composting worms; red worms will take your food scraps, eat and digest them, making worm castings full of nutrients for your soil. Earthworms on the other hand, are burrowing worms; they'll aerate the soil and take everything on the surface down with it. Therefore, they'll be absolutely useless for what you want to do, which is compost!
In order to have a successful vermicomposting experience, always remember to feed your worms! Worms need food too, and they love food scraps, another reason why vermicomposting is so easy. Readily available, food scraps like wilted vegetables, fruit rinds, bread and coffee grounds are great sources of food for your worms. Just be sure to never, ever add scraps like meats, fats, oils, or dairy products because the worms will not be able to eat and digest these items properly. Another reason you do not want to put animal products in your compost is because they smell bad and attract rodents and other animals to your compost bin or heap.
Be sure to bury your food scraps in the dirt about a few inches deep underneath the dirt. This will keep the annoying fruit flies away, not to mention leaving some wiggle room for your little worms. It's always a good idea to bury your food scraps in different areas of your worm bin so that the worms don't get too used to convening in the same spot and so that all areas of the bin receives its fair share amount of worm castings.
After a few months you'll notice that in place of the dirt bedding you laid out for the worms earlier, you have what we composters like to call black gold, rich fine worm castings that are ready to go into your garden. After that you're ready to start over! A fun process that students, young children and adults will surely enjoy, vermicomposting is a terrific and acceptable way to get down and dirty with worms!
Author: Duong Vicki
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For those who are not familiar with the meaning of "feng shui", it literally translates to mean "wind and water."
Feng Shui is about how the "chi", or the energy of the life force, flows around us and influences our lives. The main aspect of this energy is that it should be in balance.
There are five Feng Shui elements. There are no good or bad elements but each one has its own influence on the other. The five basic elements are metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. The Chinese believe that these are the basic elements of the universe and everything in our world is an amalgam of the five elements.
There are colors associated with each element. They are:
Element and Associated Color
Metal - White, Aqua blue
Wood - Green, hunter green
Water - Black, navy blue
Fire - Red, light purple
Earth - Yellow, light brown
Here are Ten Top Tips to Feng Shui your kitchen for better health and prosperity.
1. The kitchen should not be the first room you want to see when you enter your house.
2. The kitchen should not be located below a toilet or adjacent to it.
3. The kitchen should have several levels of lighting, creating an airy and spacious, clean, bright and welcoming environment
4. Keep the kitchen simple and do not overload it with gadgets.
5. De-clutter worktops and cabinets alike.
6. Fresh flowers bring uplifting energy to the kitchen. Place a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, or a living plant in your kitchen.
7. Always use bright Yang colors like oranges, greens, browns and bright yellows as this is the Yang sector of your home. Yellow (any shade) is very good for digestion.
8. The oven should not face the front door under any circumstances.
9. Fire and water should not be aligned side by side or directly opposite the each other. Separate the two with a partition made of wood if you don't have a choice.
10. The kitchen is a perfect place to grow herbs and vegetables. Any green growing plant will vitalize your space; growing food increases your ability to generate wealth exponentially. Whenever you water your plant, visualize that you are investing in your future and caring for your financial needs.
We hope you enjoy your newly energized space.
by Ian and Jo Ludlow
About the Authors: Ian and Jo Ludlow have worked in the home improvement industry for many years. They can be contacted through any of the following websites. http://www.design-ideas-for-kitchens.com
Ian Ludlow's background is in sales training and coaching with a specialization in supporting companies that sell direct to the public.
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