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2008-09-29 00:00:19

QUALITY of life in Warwickshire compares favourably to other areas, according to a new report. Compiled by the Warwickshire Observatory, the report says there is more employment, better skills and earnings compared with much of the country. The report draws on responses to a number of surveys and statistics gathered by a range of organisations. People have increased their life expectancy, with fewer people dying before 75 - comparing favourably with the national average, and people like...

2008-09-27 03:00:19

The first compostable bottles of water to be sold in the U.S. House of Representatives will come from a company in Southside Virginia. Grand Springs, in the rural Halifax County community of Alton, unveiled its new Green Bottle Spring Water in a Capitol Hill cafeteria Tuesday as part of the House's effort to reduce its impact on the environment. "I think this is the wave of the future," said Robert Smith, owner of Grand Springs. "I think it's where we need to be in this country." The House...

2008-09-27 00:00:18

A Mushroom compost manufacturer has been ordered to take action to reduce the smell produced by the process. Cotswold District Council is taking action against Agricultural Supply Company Limited, of Fairford. It has served enforcement notices on the firm after completing an investigation following a number of odour complaints from neighbours of the Sunhill site. Residents have long campaigned about smells. More than 20 protesters against the firm's plan to process mixed organic waste...

2008-09-24 06:00:18

By Banks Albach At 11:10 a.m. Monday, hundreds of fourth- and fifth-graders poured onto the playground of La Entrada Middle School to eat lunch handed out by parent volunteers -- low-fat pizza, bowls of chicken and rice, burritos and salads, all served in biodegradable trays made from corn and potatoes. When they were done, the students placed leftover food, the containers and milk cartons inside compost bins and dumped certain plastic items into recycling bins. The little that didn't go...

2008-09-23 18:00:22

COHASSET - The Friends of Holly Hill Farm will hold programs on topics ranging from composting to wreath making this fall. The first program in the series, "Home Compost and Starting a Worm Bin," will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The fee is $15. The rest of the schedule: "All About Salt Marshes," 2 p.m. Oct. 5, $5. "First Annual Discover the Woods Day," 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Registration at least 10 days in advance is required. "Tour the Growing Fields of Holly Hill Farm," 1 p.m. Oct. 25, $5....

2008-09-23 03:00:16

Clay is the Jekyll and Hyde of soils. It constitutes some of our most fertile agricultural soils, but even these turn rock-hard when dry. Tiny particles pack down so tightly that the ground virtually defies water absorption. Once saturated, it becomes a sticky morass taking forever to dry out. Many a garden failure is directly related to an abundance of clay in the soil. Like all things in life, there is no absolute black-and-white with soils but, rather, a million shades of...

2008-09-21 21:00:16

By Jake Griffin jgriffin@@dailyherald.com Ashley Summers' lunch leftovers feed the hungry. Hundreds of worms devour apple cores, banana peels, carrot tops and other organic table scraps she and co-workers at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association leave behind. In return for the staff's generosity, the worms produce a nutrient-rich soil and an equally potent liquid fertilizer, and they also help keep about a half-pound of waste out of local landfills or water treatment plants...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Anonymous Health watchdogs have included composting in areas which must have risk-management systems in place following a report on pest infestations. The Healthcare Commission spoke after the report by the Conservatives was published, which claimed that 70 per cent of NHS trusts had used pest controllers in the past two years. The commission, responsible for monitoring hygiene in NHS buildings, said hospitals must minimise risk of pest infestations like flies, rats and cockroaches....

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Sixsmith, Rachel Swapping chemicals for compost will "put the biology back in the soil" and lead to healthier crops, according to microbiologist and organic farming technologist Dr Elaine Ingham. Ingham is director and founder of the US-based Soil Foodweb - an organisation that has helped farmers and growers around the world convert to organic farming. She told delegates at the Improving Life in Your Soil - Using Compost & Compost Tea seminar held last week at Laverstoke Farm,...

2008-09-18 00:00:17

By JENNA RICHARDS Two Torquay residents tidied up their street only for the council to refuse to take the rubbish. Trevor Hurling and neighbour Penny Meredith of Venford Close heard about the national Big Tidy Up campaign and decided to clean up their street. But were shocked when the council then refused to take the waste away. Trevor said: "The street looked a mess, and we thought 'let's sort it out'. "It took us about two hours to fill half of my wheeled bin with weeds and other...


Latest composting Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Redworm, Eisenia fetida
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The redworm (Eisenia fetida), also known as the brandling worm, the tiger worm, the panfish worm, the trout worm, or the California worm, is a species of earth worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is native only to Europe, but it has been introduced into every country, excluding Antarctica, for vermicomposting purposes. Unlike other species of worm, the redworm does not prefer to reside in soil. It can be found in manure, rotting vegetation, and compost. The...

Plasticulture
2013-04-01 12:21:33

The term plasticulture is in reference to the practice of utilizing plastic materials in agricultural applications. The plastic materials themselves are frequently and broadly referred to as “ag plastics.” Plasticulture ag plastics can include soil fumigation film, nursery pots and silage bags, irrigation drip tape or tubing, but the term is most frequently used to describe all kinds of plastic plant and soil coverings. Such coverings range from plastic mulch film, high and low...

Vermicompost
2013-03-20 16:04:22

Vermicompost is composting with the use of special earthworms. Red wigglers and white worms are the more common worms used, although European night crawlers can be used as well. Red wigglers can be found living in manure piles and in rotting vegetation and adapt the best in covered worm bins. Common earthworms burrow deeply and are not recommended for use in compost bins. Blue worms are commonly used in the tropics. Worms are used to decompose vegetable and food waste along with bedding...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...

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