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How To Make Your Own Natural Compost

Andy Machin

How To Make Your Own Natural Compost

Andy Machin

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7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Why a Wormery

    • 3. Make Your Wormery

    • 4. Feed Your Wormery

    • 5. Natural Compost

    • 6. Using Your Natural Compost

    • 7. Summary and Thanks

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About This Class

In this course we are going to look at how to make natural compost to use on the garden to improve soil quality and encourage plant growth naturally.

No more going to to garden centre to buy expensive, chemical enhanced compost - so this will save you money.

And you will be doing your bit for the environment too by naturally recycling some of your food waste instead of putting it in the trash and it going to landfill.

Save money, help the environment, enjoy a healthy garden all thanks to your natural, organic compost.

Get started today - it's easy, cheap and fun too.


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Andy Machin


Hello, I'm Andy.

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1. Introduction: how to make your own natural compost. It's good for your garden on. It's good for the environment as well. In this course, we're going to take a look at how to create your own natural compost for the garden by harnessing the power of things that are found in every garden. And then we're going to use that lovely natural compost on your garden to help it flourish without using expensive chemical laced compost that you might otherwise have bought from the garden centre. Now it's very easy to get started with natural compost in. Anyone can do this. Andi. You can save money on help the environment at the same time. What? So why wouldn't it night? Why, why, no. And also you can enjoy the fruits of the garden then, or you know all the plants and the flowers that you that you helped grow in the garden by using this natural compost on having the added satisfaction of knowing that you've cultivated it by doing something natural. It's an an extra kick, I think, the effort of gardening. So if we're ready to dig in, if you'll excuse me, that pawn, let's get started on look at how to wear, make your own natural compost 2. Why a Wormery: OK, now let's get into the course on Look at why were Marie So to create that nice natural compost, we're going to use one power, you know, worms of family in every garden, and we're going to use them that the power of the humble worm to create natural compost on that humble worm will become one of your best friends. So by starting a were Marie and helping it to flourish, those words will do what worms do. Naturally, you know, they do this naturally themselves on the byproducts, off those worms doing what they do naturally will be that natural compost that there will produce for you on building that were Marie and getting it started and then helping that were Marie to flourish. It's something that's really easy to do, and anyone can do this and what? One way to do that, for example, is to use food scraps instead of throwing them away like you would do normally. You know if if you leftovers are dropped from cook it instead of throwing them away, you can use them in. You were Marie to feed the worms. So why why should you start where Marie then well, Perhaps the main reason is to produce that really excellent free, lovely organic natural compost, which you can then use in the garden. It could do many things to benefit your garden, and just some of those things are and then hand soil quality. It will help the soil become better. Perhaps, if you've got poor quality broke and dry soil, it will help increase the soil's quality. It will help to return more moisture in the soil, which in turn means there's a little less watering to do when it when it's time to go out in the garden and do some water in your mind to do a little bit less than normal. That that natural compost will will have some natural pesticide qualities as well to help cut down on typical garden pests so you might use less less weed killer on less pesticides in the garden as well. And all those things can help you save money at the same time. Because you're not going to the garden centre to buy expensive compost. You're using less pesticides that you would normally have bought in the garden centre as well. So you saving money on enhancing your garden at the same time, and you're also helping the environment by instead of throwing things away into landfill like food scraps and what not? You are using that to help your worms produce a natural compost for you. So it's it's win win all the way around. And also, you know, some some friends of mine that created the room were Maria's well that they had some young kids where 89 years old and they got them involved when the kids looked it. Onda learned a lot by doing so as well. So if you've got young kids, it's a good educational opportunity for them to get them involved in the world. Marie and learn what worms doing on a little bit about garden at the same time. So all these things on this slide of things that are a little bit of a running theme that will look at throughout the course. So when Let's continue to do that, then in the next section will look at how to get that. Were Marie open running 3. Make Your Wormery: Now, let's look at making you were Marie on getting things ready to go on. Getting those worms ready to wear. Start to work on your behalf. Create that natural compost. Now you can buy everything you need to start your were Marie from a local garden centre or the D I Y. Store or online if you prefer. You know what worm is? A quick and easy to buy that. There's all sorts of different choice out there. Small ones, medium sized one large ones. I'd suggest you start with a small one, but it won't cost you much to get started. We'll order it and have it delivered. If you prefer to do that uh, the worms, you can dig him up from the garden if you wish, or to say that, but breaking work you can cheaply by a stock of initial worms from from retailers. Onda. You know even a local fishing bait shop, for example, and used them. Aziz, your initial stock of worms to start your were Marie off. I suggest you do a little bit of research first into how many worms you'll need to kick start your were Marie, depending on the size that you decide to go with. You know, the bigger the worm in, the more weren't you're going to need. It is basic principle there, but took a little bit of a research and in tow what you're going to need, depending on what you decide to go with. And, of course, that these apples, any any number of online resource is that you can help their quick search in. You'll find out what you need to know very quickly, depending on your own circumstances. On that initial stock of worms that you buy to start your were Marie should, of course, be self substrate. Excuse me, a pit tongue tied there that initial stock of worms will be self sustaining there said it right that time as as a course they're going to naturally reproduce. So you're earning enough to buy stock of worms, wants to do that on. Then, before you introduce your new stock of worms to their new home, you know the word me that you bought. There is a little bit of preparation that you need to do, which is necessary to make their new home welcoming foot. For the new worms. You can buy specific Wormley betting again from from the garden Centre rolled or D I Y store or Or order it online if you prefer to do that all at the same time. Aziz buying the the worm itself or, if you prefer to, you commit your own worming bed in using things like card Border that must some people, even normal garden with grass clippings, hedge clippings, things like that all help to make some worry about it. It is. Just pack it in there and be sure to whether you buy it or whether you make your own. Be sure to dampen it down a little bit on your words are like that that they're like some moisture. It's no good putting something that's dry, that they won't cut with that too well, so make sure it's nice and moist before you put the words in. There. It will be, you know, is welcoming for him. Is it? Can be. Then, once you prepared bedding, you can put your worms in on put, put them in into their new home and under bedding that you've prepared for them Azaz above . And then what? Once you put the worms in on top of the bedding. You can start to put the food in that, that the worms are going to start jumping through. And this is just like food scraps at kitchen, some some garden waste or whatever to help you worm start to get busy. Start chomping away on all that. All those food scraps and or the garden waste Onda. What not? They'll start to eat away on it and they'll both through it and do what worms do naturally with with the natural compost byproducts off that. But we're gonna look at that a little bit later, and to help keep things nice and moist in the were Marie on top, off off the food that you put in there for them, I would suggest a little tip is to place it a dumping piece of cardboard or stiff paper on top of everything to help keep it moist on. Then just leave it once it's all prepared reading in some initial food on dat dumping piece of cardboard on the top. Just let the worms crack on and do what you do best, which is to produce that lovely natural compost, so that should get you were Marie Open running initially in the next section will look at how to feed it on, Do you know? So the worms keep working away on your behalf. So feeding your were Marie is coming up next. 4. Feed Your Wormery: now. So we've got your were Marie open running. We've introduced worms to it on, given them some initial food to to get cracking on Andi now that they will be doing what they do on beating through that. But of course, just like everything else, just like you are I Those worms are gonna need feeding. They're going to need stuff to feed on over and above the initial food that you put in the word Marie for them on. By doing so, they will continue to do what they do best. Onda produce that lovely natural compass for you, but you do have to keep Freedom is up said. But there's not much effort involved. Do that. Just a little bit of food Every now and again, Keep keep your eye on how they're doing. Top it up, Andi. Your words will be happy on Gracko on, So it really is a simple is keeping things topped up in there. Buyout in food scraps, you know, garden clippings, but particular food scraps on things that your worms will like things like vegetable leftovers, potato peel, you know, after after you peel the potatoes that you use appeal even even used teabags. Eggshells, Andi, Things like that. Garden clippings. All those things work well, the things that weren't like to eat on. So keep topping it up instead of throwing stuff away. Put it in the world, Marie, for the words to wait on, you'll be laughing. You know it'll be fine, but I would suggest that you avoid things like meat, dairy products, spicy foods and similar. These are things that worms don't encounter naturally in the garden on Dad that they're gonna have some trouble with things like that. So keep keep away. Meat, dairy products, spicy foods. Feed them on vegetable leftovers. Potato peel, teabags, eggshells, garden waste Things like that, Andi, your worms or crack on quite happily. Keep an eye on how things are going in there. A swell as what? When you talk the food up, make sure it's still nice and moist in there. If you notice things are getting a little bit dry, a Sprinkle with water, maybe a fresh piece of dumping cardboard or stiff paper on top of the bed, and again just to keep things nice and moist. In there Andan environment. The words will will thrive on work hard in. I'm older than that. The worms are gonna pretty much look after themselves and just keep cracking on. They're going to keep eating. They're going to keep borrowing. All you need to do is keep them fed and watered, really. And, of course, a happy word. It's a busy where they'll keep grinding away, borrowing through the bed in Onda fuel the food that you dropped him for him and, of course, all the while that they're doing that, helping to produce that lovely natural compost for you so that that's what the worms are going to do, so long as you keep him happy. And as we've looked at now, that's very easy to do on the compost and that that natural compass will come on. That's what we'll look at next. That natural calm past story. I am having a bad day today on a tongue tongue tied, a lovely place. So what wants to do in the producing that lovely natural compost for yet for you to put on the garden? And that's what we're gonna look at in the next one when the worms have produced that natural compost. How you then harvest it on how you use it on the garden. So let's look at that next 5. Natural Compost: Now let's look at that natural compost that that the worms are going to produce for you in your were Marie, as we've already mentioned, the words are gonna chomp the way through the food scraps and another foodstuffs that you provide to them in the world. Marie on all the time to doing that day in, day out, the turn in everything that you put in there, the turning it into that lovely natural organic compost for you to use on the garden. So after a while, you know, keep your eye on things in there, and after a while, Aziz the natural compost is produced. It could be time to collect it, courtesy of your worms thing. The technical term for it is ver me compost so you can collect that Vermeer compost in various ways as it accumulates. One method that you might use to do that it's simply toe empty were Marie and scoop it out because it should naturally fall to the bottom as it's produced. And then you can top up what you taken out with some more bedding for the worms and some more food for the worms. On the whole process will will start again. Fights. It'll never stop so long as the worms air in there and you have given him something to eat on, then it'll keep producing the vermin composting natural compost, which you can keep scooping out. But, of course, everything that you do take out top up your were Marie again. So it's all it's all nice and good to go. Anything that you do take out. Check the compost for any worms that found the way in there on. Pop them back into the home so they can continue to where took to go to work for you. One alternative method to harvest your natural compass is to simply take out about half of the world Marie contents in total half of everything that's in there, and that includes the worms on. Then pop that straight onto the garden. You might Sprinkle it around some plants that you want to encourage to grow or patches of soiled trouble. Sermon. You might want to try and improve the quality of that soil by by sprinkling birth to calm passed on the worms onto it on older. By doing that, you will have removed some of the worms from the were Marie. They're still going to continue to work for you in that natural calm passed on. Do what comes naturally to them and you'll get some residual benefit from that because by doing that, they will continue to work out there in the garden to help improve the soil in the areas that you have sprinkled. The natural compost, which includes the worms. And you can easily top up the worms that you've taken out the word Marie by buying some more. For, of course, the words that are left in there will continue to reproduce naturally anyway. So it's It's a bit of a win when you can't really go wrong. Whichever method you use, it's entirely up to you. And now you've got some of that nice natural organic fertilizer and compost on your garden . It's going to help with plant growth and soil quality just by having it on there, and you've got the added satisfaction of producing it yourself, courtesy of the worms in your memory. You know it makes you feel good on. You can use that Vermeer compost not only in the garden itself, but if you've got any plants in the house. You might put a little bit in the in the plant parts to to give them a little bit of a natural boost as well that there's no harm in doing that. And, of course, by by using that Verma calm passed up natural compost. We've already mentioned a time or two you saving money by not buying commercial compost on your You're doing your bit for the environment as well, because the food that you've put in the way of Marie fit for the words to eat and produce that firm aecom past instead of throwing it into landfill. It's gone to be naturally re processed, naturally recycled anyway, So you've got that added benefit as well. So why wouldn't you? You know what? Why wouldn't you want to save money, help the environment at same time? Andi. Have a nice a garden. It's great, right? So it is very quick, very easy, very cheap to get started, and you've got ongoing benefits for up doing surfer for very, very little effort, indeed. So let's let's move on and we'll have a quick wrap up 6. Using Your Natural Compost: Okay, Now let's take a look at how to use your natural compost that now it. Now you've made that lovely natural compost, which is courtesy of the worms in your were Marie. During what we do best. It's time now to stink about using it on your garden or even your house plants. If you've gotten a little house planted, you can use a bit of you your natural compost on them as well. But mainly it's for the garden. There's a number of ways that you can use your natural compost in your garden on benefits that that will bring you cannot handfuls of it to your garden soil at any time you like. Doesn't matter. Any time you've got some, chuck it on there right on it will help the quality of the soil by helping it to retain moisture and nutrients are not to dry out the caramel crumbly right, so it's a good growing environment. It will also how would pH balance of the soil to to be around about neutral, which is ideal, and it can also act as a protective from diseases, plants and garden may be susceptible to as well, and also another benefit? Is that what Once you've got it spread around on their on top of the silent around your plans. Your natural compost will discourage weed growth as well. So it's a bit of a natural weed killer you like. So all you need to do is simply spread around that lovely natural compost in your garden and make a sick ish. Let not not to think, but you know, a thick ish layer on top of the soil on around you Plant. This is it's a straightforward is that? And if you don't have enough to cover the whole garden, I suggest being selected to begin with first. Using what? What natural compost to do have to spread around the base of your plants. And then, as you worms produce more, you can you can use it wider. A swell. I mentioned briefly earlier that you can use your natural compost on houseplants. You can, but just just in small doses, there's not a right like that. You need to put in a potted plant so you can do that as well if you want to. So there we are. You know, you made your natural compost. You know how to do it. You know what it's all about. And now you know how to use it on disorders. Lots of benefits for your garden. All encouraged by that lovely natural compost that you've got courtesy off the worms in your world. Marie isn't that tremendous, right? Nature at work at its best, right? Let's move on to a little bit. Other office, some arena. Thanks a lot. 7. Summary and Thanks: now we've reached the end of the course now, so I know it's not taking too long. But I do hope that you've enjoyed this short course on dure. Now, full of enthusiasm to start your own were Marie on, You know, start start to save money on help the environment and have a nice garden. It really is a So I keep saying it really is very easy to do. And it takes very little effort. Indeed. If you don't want to make your own Azad said order where? Me online. Have it delivered by some worms? Put all these old Gearan Andi, Europe and running soon after you've done that, you weren't by getting busy that you know that they're gonna have the natural compost ready for you to use in the garden. You're going to save money, you're gonna protect the environment and you're going to read all the other benefits that we've looked at in this course. Aziz, we've gone through it, so why not get going right away? You know that there's no time like present, right? So once again, my sincere thanks for watching this course. I really do hope you've enjoyed it. I know, it's a little bit of Ah, little bit of a out of the ordinary topic, but it's one that I'm very interested himself on. DSO thanks once again for watching it on. Please check out my other courses that I've got on skill shared it. They may be some that you might be interested in. And of course, please, please and consider the following me here on skill share Onda be notified as on when I published new courses. So thanks once again get started with that. Were Marie Andi enjoy that lovely natural compost that the worms are going to produce for you? Thanks once again and take care.