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Build Or Buy A Worm Bin? Pros And Cons

Worm bins can be a costly purchase for your worm farm.  However, is it really worth it?  The following article goes over the pros and cons of buying a worm bin or making it yourself.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN WORM BIN:

 

-Your first worm bin will take about two hours to build.  This could be a fun father/son project and you can find all the necessary materials at a local hardware store.   Costs: $10.00 – $25.00

 

-Although you may be proud of your bin, it certainly won’t be exciting to look at.  It may seem out of place when compared to the other items of your garden.

 

-Your bin will typically hold between one and two pounds of worms.  Perfect for a little project, but hardly enough to hold the demands of a farm that is trying to recycle household products.

 

 

BUY A WORM BIN:

-Agreed, this is somewhat a more costly option.  However, unless you are a science teacher or you are not looking to use your worms for more than mere amusement, this is probably the best option.

Worm bins are compact and can hold 8-10 lbs of worms in one bin.  The bins are odorless and you can easily migrate worms out of the dirt you want to use in your garden simply by not putting food into that container.

 

-The water drainage of the compost bin will create a fertilizer for your plants and this is conveniently captured through the bins.

 

-The bins blend in well with the rest of your yard.  They are colored and have a garden feel to them.

 

I I recommend the Vermihut 5 Tray bin.  This is the best bin for the money.  The Worm Farm 360* is also a great bin, but a little bit more costly and does basically the same thing.

 

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Raised Bed Gardening Pros And Cons

There are as many ways to structure a garden as there are different types of gardens themselves.  One form of gardening that is becoming more popular is raised bed gardening.  Raised bed gardening consists of planting in elevated beds of soil, whether in large planter boxes, or even bigger areas you construct yourself.  Raised bed gardening has many advantages, and a few disadvantages as well.  A review of the pros and cons can be helpful in deciding if raised bed gardening is for you.

Pros:

If you have poor soil, raised bed gardens allow you to prepare your own rich mix of soil above ground for growing your plants. Raised beds are easier to access because you don’t have to bend over as much, thus reducing fatigue and injury to the knees and back. Raised beds are also ideal for elderly or disabled gardeners who are unable to reach down to the ground.  Raised bed gardens can be constructed at almost any height to meet the gardener’s needs Plants are easy to keep organized.  For example, you can plant tomatoes in one elevated section and peppers in another. Dead leaves and other garden debris will be confined to their own area, helping you maintain a tidier look in your yard. Raised garden beds allow you to prepare special beds of soil tailored to various plants.  For example, plants that need a highly acidic soil can be grouped in one area, and you can prepare the soil to the right pH specifically for their needs. In heavy rains, there is less chance of soil erosion. Rabbits, moles, and other garden pests are less likely to be able to access your plants. Raised bed gardens are ideal for longer rooted crops that need several inches to a foot of good quality soil.  For example, carrots will do quite well in raised bed gardens. Raised bed gardening is a great option if you have very little space.  Raised beds can even be constructed on a small deck or patio area for growing a collection of herbs, vegetables, or flowers.

Cons:

Any tilling you need to do in your raised beds will probably have to be done by hand.  It’s difficult to use tractors or rotary tillers in a raised bed garden. The initial up front cost of constructing raised bed gardens is more expensive than simply tilling a traditional garden into your soil.  Raised bed gardening kits can be purchased online that make the construction process faster and easier. The edges of a raised bed garden must be well reinforced during the initial construction, or they may begin to break down over time, creating and ongoing maintenance issue. If you live in a very dry climate, raised bed gardens will dry out faster and require more frequent watering.  On the other hand, if you live in a very moist climate, plants in raised beds are less susceptible to root rot from over watering. Raised bed gardens are not suitable to vining or sprawling plants such as pumpkins, squash, watermelons, or various climbing plants such as morning glory, clematis, or trumpet vine. The materials used for constructing raised bed gardens should be carefully considered.  Treated lumber or railroad ties soaked in creosote should not be used.  These chemicals will leak out into the soil over time, poisoning and killing your plants.

Putting in raised bed gardens can be a big investment in time and money, but it will also pay you back in better plants, more gardening room, and easier access to your gardening areas.  A careful evaluation of all the pros and cons will help you make the right decision for you and your yard.  Whatever your decision, careful planning is always the key to successful results in the garden.

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