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10 Vegetables You Can Grow Inside

Vegetables You Can Grow Inside

Last updated: 10/5/20

I’ve always wanted to grow veggies all year long. However, this turned out to be quite challenging due to weather conditions.

So, I found that this is possible by growing veggies indoor. I bet you’re interested in jumping in on this.

Here, I’ll tell you about vegetables you can grow inside. This way, you can realize your dream of growing veggies all year.

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How To Make Worm Tea | Grow Big Plants Now

How To Make Worm Tea | Grow Big Plants Now

Last Updated 9/15/20

Using a liquid fertilizer for growing vegetables at home is good, but you have to be careful with some of them. Enter worms and the magical ways of compost tea.

Its funny how I came into being a worm guy.  I heard about how to brew worm tea and the next thing you know I had a bag of red wriggler worms show up to my house. I built my own worm bin and my tomatoes have never been the same. 

Ok, that probably wasn't funny, but having worms mailed to you was cool in itself.  In a nutshell, worm tea is simply taking worm castings and dipping it into water like a tea bag.

You will learn my highly effective worm tea recipe and why you need to start brewing a batch of compost tea.

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Grow Tent Ventilation Setup

​Grow Tent Ventilation Setup

​Last updated: 7/27/20

In my first year of indoor gardening, I observed my plants weren't doing so well, even though I had (or thought I had) put virtually everything they needed in place.

I later discovered my grow room had no proper ventilation system.

After an unsuccessful growing period!

I don't want you to experience what I did, which is why, in this article, I'd be providing you with all the information needed for a proper grow tent ventilation setup.

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Vermicompost vs Compost

​Vermicompost vs Compost | Natures Way To Recycle

​Last updated: 7/27/2020

Gardening can be a very exciting venture if you have the patience and stamina to endure preparing your plant beds, nurturing your seedlings and most important of all, choose the best composting method. Why? 

For me, no compost for my soil is like having no water for the soil. No compost, no plants and no veggies. 

Fortunately we have many options.  We will examine two of these vermicompost vs.compost.

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How To Grow Portobello Mushrooms The Easy Way

How To Grow Portobello Mushrooms The Right Way

Food enthusiasts, like me, who have a soft spot for mushrooms and have tasted virtually all the popular and edible types, should be able to testify to the fact that portobello mushrooms are delicious. 

They have a rich, meaty, and earthy flavor that you'd love to always have in your sandwiches, soups, and salads.

For me, I love growing my mushrooms indoors. They are an all-important addition to my meals, which is why I need to be able to easily access them without having to go to a store, 1 or 2 miles away from my home.

If you'd like to know how to grow portobello mushrooms, then this article is all you need to get started.

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How to Grow Portobello Mushrooms

To grow portobello mushrooms indoors and outdoors, you can follow these tips.  We have a more detailed step by step guide below:

  • Prepare a growing space, i.e., where you'd like to grow your delicious mushrooms. If you're growing outdoors, make sure they're safe and protected from farm pests and rodents.
  • Prepare your growing materials. You'll need a container filled with manure composts that the mushrooms will depend on for food and energy as they grow.
  • If you're growing outdoors, you might want to sterilize all your materials; the container and compost would need to be sterilized.
  • Cover the manure compost in your growing tray with the spores which you'd have purchased, and prepared for this purpose. 
  • Mix the spores properly with the compost.
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  • Spray the surface of the compost with water to keep moist.

  • Cover your growing tray with newspapers or with a cloth to retain the moisture.

  • Spray the newspaper or cloth regularly for about 2 weeks, until the white buttons of the mushrooms begin to appear.

  • Once the mushrooms are all out and there are no visible white web-like streaks in the soil, you can then uncover and continue to spray until the mushrooms mature.

  • Leave for 2 more weeks for the caps to unfurl.

  • Harvest by picking with your bare hands.

  • Cook in your meals and serve!

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How Do You Grow Portobello Mushrooms at Home?

Portobello, sometimes referred to as portobello, mushrooms were not so popular in the past. However, over the past few years, they have continued to grow in popularity.

This increase might largely be due to the way these delicious adult criminis can successfully retain their heavy nutrients and intense flavor for long, even after they've been cooked or stored for a long time.

Portobello mushrooms are also known for their health benefits. They're said to contain nutritious properties like minerals, vitamins, sterols, and so on, that help boost our immune system, fight inflammation, as well as the development of cancer, in the body.

So, how can you grow your own mushrooms at home? The following steps will help you from start through to the time they're ready for harvest.

STEP 1: Choose Your Grow Area

The first step, if you want to be able to grow your mushrooms without the stress of worrying over temperature, humidity, and other environmental conditions, is to find your babies a perfect growing area.

Make sure your grow space is spacious enough to accommodate the quantity you'd want to grow. 

Be sure to also confirm that your mushrooms will not be exposed to intense heat or sunlight, as they do not really need the sun for their growth.

Step 2: Prepare Your Planting medium​

The next step is to prepare the planting medium(s) you'd like to use.

One quite important thing to note, when growing larger types of mushrooms like the port​obell​o, is that you'll need a lot of space. Your planting medium shouldn't be less than 8 inches deep and 6 inches long.

Whether you decide to build a portable planting medium or purchase one for yourself online, you have to ensure it is going to be comfortable for you and your mushrooms as they grow.

Step 3: Prepare your other planting materials

Mushrooms are unlike plants in their biology, they do not process their food on their own like the plants typically do through photosynthesis.

Mushrooms are fungi. They need to directly depend on another source for the nutrients they need to survive, which is why you need mixed, dried manure-based composites, fertilizers, and other growing materials.

These materials will help in starting and growing your mushrooms in the best way possible, right from the beginning until the time they're completely ready for harvest.

Mushrooms can only grow from spores. So, you'll also need their spores too. You can easily purchase these online or from gardening stores close to you.

Step 4: Fill your planting medium with the composite

This may sound quite simple. However, it is one simple step you wouldn't want to miss out on.

After successfully building or purchasing a growing medium, the next step would be to fill with the manure compost. Make sure to fill them in properly.

If you want to ensure your mushrooms grow big and without any health problems, you may also want to sterilize your planting materials.

You can do this by tightly covering the compost for about 2 weeks or more before going ahead to plant the spores.

However, this is not entirely necessary if you're growing indoors. What sterilization does is to just reduce the risk of contamination in your mushrooms.

Step 5: Sprinkle your mushroom spores

After filling the compost in, you'd also want to sprinkle your portobello mushroom spores on the compost material.

Mix the spores, properly, with sufficient compost in the bed you've prepared. Instead of mixing, you can also cover lightly with peat moss or some more compost material.

Step 6:  Cover with a newspaper/cloth

The next thing to do would be to cover the compost with a newspaper or with a cloth to keep your bed moist always.

You'd also have to regularly spray the newspaper or cloth for adequate moisture.

Mushrooms need adequate moisture to grow. So, you might want to keep the humidity in and around your growing bed up by spraying once or twice per day.

Step 7: Remove newspaper/cloth

After two weeks, the mushrooms should start shooting out.

You can lift the covering to check for the tiny, white sprouts. If they're there, then it's time to remove the covering.

However, if you still notice some white streaks in the compost, leave the newspaper or cloth in place. These white, web-like streaks are an indication that your mushrooms are yet to fully take root in the compost.

Step 8: Keep spraying until they're fully mature

When you're entirely sure the mushrooms are rooted properly, you can then remove the covering you used.

Continue to spray the compost until your mushrooms are grown. This shouldn't take long—between 10 to 20 days, all things being equal.

You might still want to wait a bit longer for the mushroom caps to fully unfurl if you want the portobellos. They are usually about 1.6–2.4 inches long.

When your portobellos are out, then they should be ready for harvest. And, ultimately, for your consumption!

You can harvest your portobellos early if you want to. However, you'd only be harvesting criminis and not the portobellos you want exactly.

Here is a good video that shows you how to grow in a 5 gallon bucket:

​How Long Does It Take to Grow Portobello Mushrooms?

Portobello mushrooms should not take long, at all, to grow. They should be ready for harvest after about 10–12 days of spawning them.

However, if you harvest them at this stage, you'd only be picking criminis, which are equally delicious, but not as chewy as mature portobellos.

If you want mature portabella mushrooms, you might have to wait a few more weeks (a minimum of two) for them to increase in size. Mushrooms are said to increase to almost double their size in about 24 hours.

So, in all, the cultivation of portobello mushrooms shouldn't take you more than 6 months. With a mushroom grow kit, it should take you less than that, say 4 weeks.

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The duration of cultivation should depend entirely on how big you want them to grow. Once you're satisfied with the size, and it's not up to 6 weeks yet, you can go ahead to pick and devour your mushrooms however you want. 

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Is It Difficult to Grow Portobellos?

Portobellos have been described as the easiest species of mushrooms you can grow, whether indoors or outdoors, using any preferred growing medium and method.

Portobellos are easiest to grow indoors because you wouldn't have to worry about extreme changes in weather, pests and other issues mushroom farmers are likely to encounter.

To make growing even a lot easier for you, you can use mushroom growing kits that you can easily purchase online. Mushrooms growing kits are handy, and shouldn't cost you too much. 

Is Growing Portobellos Expensive?

The straight answer is an emphatic, NO.

Portobellos are really not expensive to grow.

All you need is a growing medium (which you can easily build by yourself), adequate water supply, manure compost, mushroom spawns, and a few sheets of newspapers or a piece of cloth. 

And, of course, you need a comfortable growing space in your home too.

The growing materials that might cost you are the spores and the growing kits (which come at a price for no stress at all). Other than these, every other thing you'd need should not be beyond your reach.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you already know how to grow portobello mushrooms, you can then go ahead to start making your preparations already. 

Growing port​obell​os is quite easy and not at all expensive. You'll definitely have fun growing these mushrooms, whether you grow indoors or outdoors. 

So, enjoy farming your mushrooms!

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Related Questions

Where do portobello mushrooms grow?

Portobellos are native to Italy. However, they can grow anywhere, indoors or outdoors, as long as they're grown under the most comfortable growing conditions.

Can you grow portobello mushrooms in coffee grounds?​

Mushrooms generally depend on other materials like coffee grounds that contain the nutrients they need to survive. So you can.

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Using LED Grow Lights For Indoor Plants

Using LED Grow Lights for Indoor Plants

Indoor growing can offer you a lot of interesting benefits, from pests control to weather/climate control.

Nevertheless, you'd still have to fully replicate the different conditions of growing outdoors for your plants to be able to grow as they should.

By using LED grow lights for indoor plants, you can provide your plants with the adequate lighting they'd need to effectively photosynthesize.

But how do you use the right type of grow lights with the spectrum your plants need to grow?

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Growing Radishes In Containers | Master Growing Guides

Growing Radishes in Containers | Master Guide

Want to grow radish plants and harvest radishes that you can eat within a month.  Yes! 

Radishes are one of the crops that are easy to plant and just take a couple of weeks to be ready for consumption. 

The radish plant (raphanus sativus) belongs to the Brassicaceae family together with broccoli, mustard, cauliflower, cabbage, and turnip. Growing radishes in containers come with a lot of benefits.

I will take you through all you need to know about growing radishes in the container. Its on the early vegetables every gardener should get in their pot. You will be enjoying a fresh radish crop for your spring and summer salads.

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Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home | Edible Guide

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home | Edible Guide

I used to hate fresh mushrooms until I tasted something better than the sour canned oyster mushrooms that line the shelves of grocery stores.

I ate fresh shiitake gourmet mushrooms, the edible ones at a friend's and these was surprisingly fresh and delicious.

My friend was growing gourmet mushrooms.  The fancy gourmet ones you get in the high-end grocery stores. You know the oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, & everything else in between.  I decided to grow edible mushrooms too.

And since I started growing gourmet mushrooms at home, I've also become a really big fan of these nutritiously delicious fungi crop that I now have them anytime I want them.  

Maybe you want to start a small mushroom farm for growing.  Start small first by growing many different ones the easy way.

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Growing Spinach | Monumental Greens Guide

Growing Spinach | Monumental Greens Guide

Did you grow up watching Popeye squeeze a can of spinach into his mouth to gain some strength?  Maybe learning how to grow spinach will help you with your muscles. Probably not, but learning about how easy to grow spinach will flex your Green thumb.

Growing spinach is a vegetable that is extremely versatile to grow.  You can grow spinach in a traditional vegetable garden or plant in a container or pot.

Spinach is a superfood that you can add to your salads or tuck it in phyllo dough for a delicious treat.  It is no wonder why adding spinach to grow in your garden will help you to accumulate all these benefits.Continue reading

Growing Spinach At Home | Epic Guide to Make it Simple

Growing Spinach At Home | Epic Guide to Make it Simple

Last updated: 1/24/19

Are you like Popeye and can’t get enough Spinach?  Do you need an easy guide on how to grow spinach at home?  Take a look at this epic guide on how to grow spinach from seed to table.

What could more satisfying than growing your own spinach at home?  You will discover just how easy and simple it is to grow spinach following the step by step instructions below.

It is as simple as this:

  1. Prepare your soil for planting your spinach in an ideal location
  2. Select your spinach seed variety
  3. Sow your spinach seeds about 1 to 3 inches apart in proper spacing
  4. Cover your spinach seeds with soil
  5. Keep your soil moist with water until the spinach seeds germinate
  6. Maintain your spinach plants with proper watering
  7. Harvest your spinach leaves once they have fully matured to your variety
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Growing Sweet Peas Indoors | Super Guide to Get you Growing

Growing Sweet Peas Indoors | Super Guide to Get You Growing

Last updated: 9/22/20

Have you ever wanted to grow sweet peas indoors to help you get a jump start on your crop?   Its the late winter and you are just itching to get your sweet pea plants out there since they are one of the earliest crops you can plant.

You might also just want to grow them indoors year-round and need to know if it is possible.

Are you able to grow sweet peas indoors?  You most certainly can grow sweet peas indoors following the steps outlined here.  Keep in mind these methods also work with other varieties of peas.

We will explore 2 different reasons to grow them indoors:

  1. You want to get a jump start on planting your sweet peas outdoors
  2. You want to grow sweet peas entirely indoors

The actual steps & materials are the same for both reasons to grow sweet peas indoors.

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Growing Peas in Containers | Step by Step Guide to Get it Right

Growing Peas in Containers | Step by Step Guide to Get it Right

Last updated: 1/11/19

Have you ever wondered if it is possible to grow peas in a container?  You may not have the necessary real estate or the space to grow a huge traditional garden.

Well, you are in luck because in this guide you will learn how simple growing peas in a container is and you may find that you want to grow other vegetables in containers as well.

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Growing Cauliflower | Faux Mashed Potatoes

Growing Cauliflower | Faux Mashed Potatoes

Last updated: 11/02/18

Cauliflower is one of those unique vegetables that you must get in your garden.  Have you ever wanted to grow cauliflower in your garden?  Are you a cauliflower lover and wanted to know more?

Look no further as you have found an epic guide on how to grow cauliflower.

Mark Twain said it best when he described cauliflower, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”  I love this quote because when you really look at cauliflower, it does like a brain.

Growing cauliflower to put on your table is so good for your health.  Just take a look below at the benefits, so why wait and just grow cauliflower in your garden.

Growing cauliflower is a simple and unique vegetable to grow.  Cauliflower can be grown in the spring and fall months.  Cauliflower seeds germinate best in soil temperatures of 80° F, so giving them a head start in the early spring months is best.

Cauliflower grows best when spaced about 15 inches apart.  Cauliflower requires even watering throughout its growing cycle.  Cauliflower requires an ample amount of nutrients to mature fully.  Harvesting of cauliflower usually takes approximately 14 weeks from seed to table.

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Growing Beets | Gatorade Sports Performance Fuel

Growing Beets | Gatorade Sports Performance Fuel

Last updated: 10/20/18

Did you grow up eating pickled beets and want to relive your childhood memories?  Have you always wanted to grow beets in your garden?  Is your favorite salad mixed with arugula, beets, and goat cheese?

Growing beets is the perfect way to culminate your desire to satisfy these needs.  Beets are a perfect root vegetable that is so easy to grow and taste like no other vegetable.  It has an earthy component to it that makes it a unique flavor for on your plate.

Some cultures even believe that a beet that a man and woman shares will create an endless love between them.  Eating beets are even shown to help you stay together with some increased sexual drive.

You either love beets or you don’t.  It is funny because I am the only one in my house that cares for them.  In fact, I just juiced one with some carrots and celery and had a beet salad for lunch because I had an insatiable craving for beets as I have been researching and writing about beets for a few days.

Growing beets is fairly simple and easy to do.  It and can be grown in the spring and fall months.  Beet seeds germinate best in soil temperatures of 75° F, so you can warm up the soil a few days before you sow with plastic to give them a  head start during cooler weather.

Beets grow best when spaced about 2-5 inches apart.  Beets require constant, even watering throughout its growing cycle.  Beets require a good amount of soil nutrients to grow well, so rotted compost or aged manure is suggested.  Beets can be harvested for their roots or the beet greens.  Harvesting of beets usually takes approximately 8 weeks from seed to table.  

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Growing Celery | Travel back in Time with a Sprig

Growing Celery | Travel back in Time with a Sprig

Last updated: 10/16/18

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow celery for that fresh taste and crisp bite?  Do you seem to have a hard time getting celery to grow properly?

Wouldn’t it be cool to add your own homegrown celery stalk to your Bloody Mary drinks?  Are you looking to boost your health and need a good vegetable to grow in your garden for the fall period? 

You need to give growing celery in your garden a try.   It is not too hard to grow once you get it started.

Celery was once cultivated for its medicinal properties in earlier times and now it is used for its flavor and healthy qualities.  The popular show Doctor Who even featured the Fifth Doctor who traveled back in time with a sprig of celery stalk on his lapel.

According to Wikipedia“He claimed in The Caves of Androzani that the celery would turn purple in the presence of certain gases in the “Praxis” range to which he was allergic, although this allergy was not mentioned by any incarnations before or since. He said that if that happened, he would then eat the celery, adding “if nothing else, I’m sure it’s good for my teeth.”

You may not be trying to escape some allergic gas while you whisk thru time.  You might just want to grow celery as an exquisite green vegetable to grow to add to your soups.  Either way, you will find these tips and information below helpful to cultivate these glorious crunchy stems that we call celery.

Growing celery is not as complicated as many think.  It and can be grown in the spring and fall months.  Celery seeds germinate best in soil temperatures of 70° F, so giving them a head start in the early spring months is best.

Celery grows best when spaced about 8-10 inches apart.  Celery requires constant, even watering throughout its growing cycle.  Celery requires a good amount of soil nutrients to grow well, so rotted compost or aged manure is suggested.  Harvesting of celery usually takes approximately 16 weeks from seed to table.

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Growing Broccoli From Seed to Stir Fry

Growing Broccoli From Seed to Stir Fry

Last updated: 10/14/18

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that always seems to stick out in stir-frys.  You can’t miss those big chunks of dark green florets that are steaming hot on your plate of some Asian dish.

Have you ever tasted your own freshly picked broccoli from your garden?  There is a huge difference between supermarket broccoli and homegrown broccoli.   The fresh flavors of homegrown broccoli explode in your mouth.

You have to wonder why George Bush said, “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

It seems to be the vegetable that always gets pushed off the plate first.

I never understood why kids across America never took to the green goodness.  Perhaps, because it was not prepared right.  I guess my Mom did it right when she steamed it and piled it on my potato with some cheese.  ok, enough talk, I am getting hunger.

Growing broccoli is very easy to do and can be grown in the spring and fall months.  Broccoli seeds germinate best in soil temperatures of 60-65° F, so giving them a head start in the early spring months is best.

Broccoli grows best when spaced about a foot apart.  Broccoli requires even watering throughout its growing cycle.  Broccoli requires an ample amount of nutrients to mature fully.  Harvesting of broccoli usually takes approximately 16 weeks from seed to table.

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How to Make Habanero Pepper Jelly Recipe

You will learn about how to make habanero pepper jelly recipe. We even have a cool video that shows you step by step instruction on how to make this jelly. is so simple and easy to make pepper jelly.

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This habanero jelly recipe is super simple to make and does not require many ingredients.  This habanero pepper jelly recipe is super easy to make.

This jelly recipe is super hot and sweet and is perfect for crackers, bagels, and wings. Give this habanero pepper jelly recipe a try.

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Growing Cabbage From Seed to Sauerkraut

Growing Cabbage From Seed to Sauerkraut

Have you ever wondered why they named a doll after a cabbage patch?  Did you know that Sauerkraut & Kimichi is actually from cabbage?  Are you uncertain of how to grow cabbage?

Read ahead and you will discover all you need to know about growing cabbage.  You will learn everything to get you growing cabbage from seed.  You will learn how to care for cabbage and even some inspiration on how to eat it.

Growing up I remember seeing those old-time crocks that adorned many European-American homes.  The crocks were used for fermenting vegetables that grow in every garden.

You better believe that they were filled with cabbage and stored away under the countertops until they were bubbling away.  Fermented foods are deeply rooted in the necessity to store food for longer periods of times without refrigeration.  The cabbage was natures answer to the perfect food to take on this challenge.Continue reading

Growing Peas Garden Insider Secret Guide

Growing Peas Garden Insider Secret Guide

Last updated: 10/08/2018

Peas are one of those vegetables that are woven into our everyday lives and culture.  Remember the movie Forest Gump and the famous line, “Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.”  Yes, peas do seem to mix well with carrots.

Have you ever wanted to grow peas in your garden?  Want to save some money at the supermarket because man those sugar snap peas are expensive.

You will find a treasure trove of growing pea garden tips to help you get your green thumb.  You will have so many peas that your old aunt’s Pea Soup recipe will be a dance in your mouth from your garden peas you grow.

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Vermiculture | Composting with Worms Guide

Vermiculture | Composting with Worms Guide

Last updated: 9/16/18

Do love to garden on your apartment balcony, but want a way to compost?  Are you challenged for space in your garden area?

You will want to read on as we will explore the army of crawlers that can help compost and transform your food and vegetable scraps into black gold for your garden.

Vermiculture is the answer to many gardeners who seek a way to get beneficial microbes and worm castings into your garden soil.

It is so easy to employ earthworms to help produce vermicast for your garden beds or containers.  You will learn all about the vermicompost benefits as well as the methods about how to build a worm bin.

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