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U.S. Bee Buffer Project

A Honey Bee Habitat Enhancement Opportunity! The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is looking to partner with North Carolina farmers, ranchers, foresters, and land managers and owners to participate in a honey bee forage habitat enhancement effort called the U.S. Bee Buffer Project. The U.S. Bee Buffer project has a goal of influencing 6,000 acres positively for of honey bee habitat. A honey bee seed mix will be provided at no cost to plant Bee Buffers. The U.S. Bee Buffer Project will create foraging habitat of pollen and nectar sources, essential to honey bee health. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Unfortunately they are in trouble.   Read More About: US Bee Buffer... read more

Compost Pails

Some call it compost keeper and some call it compost bucket or compost crock. Whatever you want to call it the compost pail is the most important item in your home composting system. The compost pail is working as a convenient container to temporarily store your food scraps and other small organic matter so you will only have to deposit the kitchen scraps to your composter once a week or when the keeper is full. Do yourself a big favor and get a compost pail! It saves a lot of time and makes composting even easier. You can buy an attractive stainless, ceramic, bamboo style or a simpler plastic compost pail. There are plenty of variations in style and colors to match your kitchen interior design. And don’t worry about any smell coming from your compost pail — any quality pail has a replaceable carbon filter installed in the lid. Just remember that the pail should be emptied once a week. If you do not use biodegradable bags in the compost pail you need to rinse it out once a week and spend a little more time keeping it clean on the inside. Norpro 83 Compost Pail Norpro 95 Compost Pail Norpro 93 Compost... read more

Continuous vs batch composting

Any composter or compost pile can be used for continuous or batch composting or a mix of the two methods. When a continuous composter fills up, it is often converted into a batch composter. As the ingredients compact down, the compost can be left alone (batch composting) or new ingredients can be added as space permits (continuous composting) Continuous composting Continuous composting is a technique that works best if you have a steady stream of new material to work with. If you’re composting the scraps from your household, this is probably the system you’ll want to use. You can start with a small amount of compost and a handful of soil (or compost starter). Then, as you get extra ingredients, just add them to the mix. The compost will blend together fresh ingredients will blend with more mature compost that’s at an advanced stage of decomposition. As your compost bin starts to fill up, you’ll just want to stop adding to it for the last few weeks while you keep mixing up the materials so that the newest materials can finish breaking down too. Alternatively, you can sift out the unfinished materials with a compost screen, and throw them back into the pile or the bin to finish up. Batch composting The other method is called batch composting. If you have a large amount of organic waste (such as a pile of leaves or several bags of yard clippings) it can be enough to fill up your entire compost bin all at once. As the compost decomposes, this pile of compost will gradually shrink. Finished compost often takes up... read more

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