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Compost problems?How to use your compost:
Use your nished compost as asoil conditioner in plantcontainers and the garden.
1/3 sited compost1/3 soil1/3 vermiculite
Diluted (one part liquid with10 parts water) as a plant ertililzer.You can call this
Organic waste (such as kitchen vegetable scrapsand garden clippings) make up 30% per cent o thehousehold garbage currently being sent to the landll.Composting your organic waste is a great way toreduce this volume.
2. It’s easy
Once your worm bin is established, adding materialsand bedding become routine. Everyone in the home canparticipate and eel good about making a dierence.
Less waste means less trucks on the road, less methanegas generated rom the landlls, and recycling nutrientsback into the earth.
Your compost will help your garden soil retain moistureater rain or watering.
Keep local waterways clean by avoiding chemicalertilizers. Composting returns nutrients to the garden.
Unpleasant odourToo much ood
Stop adding ood.
Not enough air
Gently stir contents(aerate).
Ensure proper drainage:check that the drainageholes are clear, or drillmore holes.
Too many acidicoods (citrus,coee grounds)
Cut back on acidicoods. Add a littledolomite lime orground eggshells.
Fruit fiesFood let exposed
Always bury ood. Coversurace o bin withplastic sheet, old carpet,or sacking.
Too much ood
Don’t overload the bin.I problem persists,move the bin to alocation where the ieswon’t bother you.
Call the Regional Compost Hotline at 604-736-2250.Read
Worms Eat My Garbage
by Mary Appelho.
Flower Press: Kalamazoo, 1997.
Your municipality may have worm bins or a workshopprogram available to you. You can also purchase a 53-litrestorage bin and drill drainage holes in it, or build your ownrom scratch. Call the Regional Compost Hotline or helpon nding a worm bin.www.metrovancouver.orgwww.metrovancouver.org
It’s easy to compost
Use worms to
Composting replicates nature’s wayo breaking down vegetationusing worms, good bacteria, andother organisms.