Composting 101

We feed our Earth Machine composter kitchen and garden scraps daily.  The microorganisms and invertebrates do their decomposing jobs well because there is always space inside the composter for more scraps.   But lately some decomposers were doing their job TOO well.  Large balls of maggots were devouring the organic matter and overtaking the earthworms.  According … More Composting 101

Unexpected Sunflowers

Our compost bin sprouted a short and compact sunflower plant with small (for a sunflower) bright blooms. Those blooms attract a diverse group of bugs to our garden. Unlike the tall sunflowers we usually grow, these sunflowers are at eye level.   We can see the bees, ants, beetles, stink bugs and assassin bugs inside each … More Unexpected Sunflowers