How To Make A Worm Bin

This simple outdoor worm bin is made from recycled materials and is designed to take all your food scraps, including cooked food and even meat! Here's how to make a worm bin!

An urban composting toilet & humanure for the garden

A greywater guerrila (a plumbing hacker) explains how she and her housemates compost their waste with a composting toilet. It takes just one year before they can use their own poop on their garden as humanure. Original story here:

Weed-Free Mulching. Film #12 with Morag Gamble: Our Permaculture Life

Weed Free Mulching with Morag Gamble: Our Permaculture Life Do you want a weed-free garden? How you mulch makes a huge difference for on-going weed maintenance. In this little film, Morag shows the weed-free section of her new garden area and contrasts it with two other areas mulched differently. The results speak for themselves even after just five weeks. 1. No weeds - opened soil, compost, newspaper layer then mulch. 2. Some weeds - opened soil, compost, mulch.(no newspaper) 3. Weedy - opened soil, compost (no newspaper or mulch) Below are the instructions for making a weed-free garden like this using Morag's no-dig garden method. This is what Morag uses as the foundation of the success for all her garden areas. The KEY IS THE NEWSPAPER, but not on the ground as usually described in no-dig garden instructions. Morag puts her newspaper ON TOP of the compost then covers it with mulch. Take a look through this link from Morag's blog to get more background information and see the step by step pictures on how to do it. HOW TO MAKE A NO-DIG GARDEN

How to grow Living Mulch instead mulching // Learning from Nature

Grow Living Mulch instead of mulching - it's much less work and saves heaps of money! Plus it's better for our soils. Want to know how to improve your soil the affordable ecological way? - Get our FREE checklist ( Get our other FREE resources -

Building Soil Health for Healthy Plants by soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham

Learn more on the podcast 🎙 Understanding soil life is critical if we want to be sustainable; we need to work with nature, instead of waging war on natural laws as we do in our agricultural systems, to the detriment of people and the planet. 🎙Learn more on the podcast 🎙 🌱Learn how to start a Profitable Microgreens Business ✔️ Follow Diego on IG ✔️ Follow PaperpotCo on IG ▶️ Subscribe to the podcast 🛠 Small Farm Tools 🛒 Support my content while you shop at Amazon:

Liquid Gold

UK edition of Liquid Gold & other news! As seen in High Country News, Santa Fe Journal, Albuquerque Journal, The People (UK), Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, East Bay Express and more! A $2.95 savings!

How To Use Pee In Your Garden | Northwest Edible Life

If you can get over the ewwww factor, pee-cycling your own urine into the garden makes good sense. Fresh urine is high in nitrogen, moderate in phosphorus and low in potassium and can act as an excellent high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer or as a compost accelerator. Components of Urine The exact breakdown of urine varies depending on the diet of the pee-maker. The more protein a person consumes,...

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition (9780964425835): Jenkins, Joseph C.: Books

5 Different Soil Types - Know Your Soil Type

Last time, we discussed basic soil facts that you need to know before you started digging around in your garden. This time, we're going to look at different soil types and how to determine the kind of soil that'll be host to your plants.


Texture class can be determined fairly well in the field by feeling the sand particles and estimating silt and clay content by flexibility and stickiness. There is no field mechanical-analysis procedure that is as accurate as the fingers of an experienced scientist, especially if standard samples are available.


The living component of soil, the food web, is complex and has different compositions in different ecosystems. Management of croplands, rangelands, forestlands, and gardens benefits from and affects the food web. The next unit of the Soil Biology Primer, The Food Web & Soil Health, introduces the relationship of soil biology to agricultural productivity, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and to air and water quality.

Carbon Farming: The Permaculture Solution to Climate Change

How can the world sequester carbon quickly and progress towards stabilising our global climate? Author of The Carbon Farming Solution and permaculture expert, Eric Toensmeier, will be at a special event in London answering questions about this most important work of our time.

Ruth Stouts System | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Learn how to use mulch to cut down on weeding and heavy labor in your garden by using the Ruth Stout gardening method.

12 Perennial Crops to Grow in Wet Soil

Wet soil can be a challenge for even the most experienced gardeners. Here are some tips for growing in wet soil and 12 perennial crops to try.

How to Make Aerated Compost Tea | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Rehabilitate soil with aerated compost tea. Containing thousands of useful microorganisms, this method is sure to bring life to barren patches of dirt.

Mulching in the Permaculture Garden

Mulching is an essential component of the garden that is often overlooked, but can save time in the long run. Find out what mulch is, how to mulch properly, and the various types of mulch.

How to Prevent Soil Erosion in Gardens and on Farms

Taking care of the soil is crucial for the long-term viability of gardens and agricultural lands. Here's what's at stake and how to prevent soil erosion.

The Rhizosphere: an interaction between plant roots and soil biology

In this episode Octavia takes a look at the Rhizosphere - a term given to the thin region of soil around a root hair where interactions occur between the root and microorganisms within the soil. Using the energy from light, the plant converts carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen (6CO2 6H2O ⇒ 6O2 C6H12O6) – this is photosynthesis. Rather than using all this sugar for growth, they secrete some of it into the Rhizosphere, along with proteins and other substances – these sugary solutions are known as exudates. You might think that this is a waste of valuable energy, but they are actually attracting a microscopic workforce into the area, a colony of bacteria and fungi that help the plant extract nutrients from the soil that would have otherwise been unobtainable to the roots alone. This marvellous symbiotic relationship leads to more complex interactions; it acts as a disease suppressant for the plant and forms the foundations of the soil food web. This web is vital for nutrient cycling and supports the growth of new life. Modern farming practices can damage this soil food web, often destroying the delicate interactions between plants and their resident microo

Grounding - The Easy Way To Tap Into Nature's Instant Healing Power | ‬(07) 3366 8955 Don't be fooled! Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't affect you. 21st century living, full of dangerous microwave radiation caused by an explosion of wireless technology dangerously threatens your health with chronic disease by interfering with your body's energetic field. An intelligent way to escape the damaging effects of electromagnetic activity is through Grounding. Grounding connects us to Nature and to the healing power of the NOW. Nature is the ultimate source of health and healing. Grounding allows you re-energise the elements within the body that determine how strong and vibrantly you live as well as tap into Nature's powerful and free anti-oxidant. Dr Dzung Price describes why grounding activities can literarily save your life and some of the specific health benefits that grounding delivers to reduce inflammation and chronic diseases in our bodies such as hypertension, cardiac diseases, pain and arthritis etc. Beyond Good Health Suite 13, 221 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove QLD 4060 Ph: (07) 3366 8955

Elaine Ingham Soil Food Web Compost and Compost Tea

Elaine Ingham composting method, Living Soil Lab, Sustainable Living Department, Maharishi University of Management. Shot and produced by Bill Dyer for his joint degree in Sustainable Living and Media and Communications. Elaine is a visiting faculty in the program.

Worm Composting 101: How to Make & Use a Simple Worm Bin w/ Emily Murphy

It's easy to compost at home with a DIY worm bin. Worms are incredibly efficient at decomposing kitchen waste and making soil for your garden at the same time. They don't require much attention and, with the right amount of moisture, food scraps, and organic material like leaves or newspaper, it will soon become your most reliable recycling system. It's possible to make one with wood, but making one with a plastic container like the one in this video is light, mobile, and highly effective. See my website,, for more information and tips.

Building Soil Health for Healthy Plants by soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham

Learn more on the podcast 🎙 Understanding soil life is critical if we want to be sustainable; we need to work with nature, instead of waging war on natural laws as we do in our agricultural systems, to the detriment of people and the planet. 🎙Learn more on the podcast 🎙 🌱Learn how to start a Profitable Microgreens Business ✔️ Follow Diego on IG ✔️ Follow PaperpotCo on IG ▶️ Subscribe to the podcast 🛠 Small Farm Tools 🛒 Support my content while you shop at Amazon:

Life in the Soil

Take a look at the life beneath the soil in this classic film from Japan

Back Garden Biochar A Low Tec Solution

How to make biochar in your back garden, with no special kit. Just a hole in the ground.

Selected Invertebrates of the Soil Food Web

Annotated video microscopy footage of earthworms, springtails, mites, pseudoscorpions, millipedes and protozoa. Teaching notes available at [notes not posted yet, but will be soon!]

Growing Strong Seed the Biodynamic Way

This presentation was recorded live at the Organic Seed Growers Conference on February 16, 2018. Organic and biodynamic production are both rooted in ecological agriculture and a whole systems approach. Biodynamic agriculture incorporates additional practices and principles to enhance the health and vitality of both the farm and seed crops. Biodynamic practices help plants to devel- op in a healthy and balanced way, to access the full spectrum of nutrients they need, and to become more resilient to pests, diseases, and extreme climate conditions. Demand for Deme- ter-certified biodynamic seed is growing among both seed companies and farmers who want the unique quality and vital- ity of these seeds. Learn how to incorporate biodynamics into your farm operations, specific biodynamic practices that can nurture and enhance the seeds that you grow, what is needed to become certified biodynamic, and where market opportunities are emerging. Speakers: Thea Maria Carlson, Biodynamic Farmer and Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association; Nathan Corymb Clark, Meadowlark Hearth; Jim Fullmer, Biodynamic Farmer and Co-Director of Demeter USA; Marjory House, Biodynamic Farmer and Consultant with

My son is discovering the world of compost under the microscope (CC available)

Correction to the names: - the nematode is a bacterial feeding nematode - the zoomed in flagellate is a ciliate - the fungal hypha is only a piece of organic matter - at some point the tail of the nematode bumped into an egg shape organism, that is a testate amoeba My five year old son wanted to see the microscope so I told him to take a leaf and we would go and see it. The saw the leaf cells. Then I prepared some vermicompost sample and together we went hunting for bacteria. We saw nematodes, flagellates and rotifers. The session did not last long as I was a bit sick and my eyes were blurry.

Vermicomposting: Using Worms to Make Compost for Your Garden

Master Gardener Susan Levi-Goerlich talks about vermicomposting, and how to use red wiggler worms to make highly-effective compost for you garden. The University of Maryland Extension Home and Garden Information Center's mission is to develop and deliver science-based, sustainable gardening information and solutions through outreach education for better human and environmental health. Send us your plant and pest questions. Our Certified Professional Horticulturists are ready to help! Explore our extensive gardening content online.

How to make an in-ground worm farm tower

Learn how to set up a worm tower in your garden - simple, cheap and makes for a highly fertile and productive garden. You can buy a ready made one or make one out of stuff you have lying around.

With a little bit of heart, we can change the world -- biochar | Elaine Doyle | TEDxTallaght

Elaine Doyle has a passion for sustainability in her working day and evening play. She is an engineer by trade with a masters in Sustainable Development. She works with FoodCloud, a social enterprise working to reduce foodwaste with social and environmental benefits. She owns an environmental product design company called 'Bolt' making products to promote sustainability, her first products are seedbombs called 'Secret Seeds'. She is setting up that venture through the 'School for Social Entrepreneurs'. She is the Head of Overseas Placements with Engineers Without Borders Ireland and is on the committee of Transition Ireland Northern Ireland and EIL's Development Education Committee. Last summer she was one of the EIL Global Awareness Programme awardees and spent two months working on sustainable development projects in Guatemala and was awarded an EIL Gold medal volunteer award for work she carried out upon her return. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. T


Dr. Elaine Ingham gives advice on choosing a microscope for soil microbiology. Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil microbiologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant health. Dr. Ingham is the Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute. She is the founder of the Sustainable Studies Institute and the Soil Foodweb Inc. soil testing labs. Dr. Ingham is the key author of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Soil Biology Primer. She has been the mentor of numerous soil scientists and practitioners of ecologically balanced landscape design, and has helped farmers all over the world to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil life.

Ruth Stout - Deep Mulch Gardening Experiment - Part 1

rying another experiment in the garden this year with the Ruth Stout Gardening method. This will be our 3rd gardening method implemented on farm. Most of our crops are grown in raised beds and we have 2 row garden beds. We will be attemping our potato crop in the Ruth Stout bed this year and will show you all the steps and things we learn along the way. Part 2: To learn more about Ruth Stout see the following link with a video of her explaining her gardening methods. ____________________________ Rachels Boots: Want to show some Support for our Channel? Shop from this link to Amazon. Every price you pay, will be exactly the same as it would be without the link, but we get a small kick-back from Amazon to help support our channel: ____________________________ Our Instagram: ____________________________

How to test your soil - texture (sand, silt, clay composition)

Soil texture is the description of the composition of the soil in relation to sand, silt and clay. Sand being the coarsest fraction and clay being the finest fraction. The soil texturing is one of the most important assessments you can conduct on your soil as is allows you to relate general soil properties such as • Soil water infiltration, retention and plant availabliity • Soil structure- development and stability • Nutrient retention and plant availablilty • Erodibility to wind and water • Drainage characteristics There are two ways to determine soil texture. The first is to send a soil sample away to an accredited laboratory for a Soil particle analysis to determine the exact sand silt and clay proportions. The second is the hand texturing, which Central West Local Land Services Croppnig Officer Neroli Brennan demonstrates in this video. METHOD 1. Take a handful of soil (remove anything larger than 2mm), and if dry, add water until soil comes together to form a ball. 2. Knead the soil between your thumb and your forefinger ensuring that the soil is completely mixed and no large lumps are present, this should take 1-3min. 3. By pushing the soil between the thu

Testing Soil for Clay Content

This video shows how to test soil to determine if there is enough clay content to use the soil for construction - cob, adobe, clay plasters, and more.