Worms Like it Hot

Introduction video describing vermicomposting Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada

Building a compost bin for your yard or school click here: School Garden Compost Video

Visit Tom Seymor’s Living Green article “Compost Happens” for some great tips on kitchen composting to help lesson your garbage mass and enlivening your potting soil. For those of you who are trying to live more sustainably while controlling composting odors (indicating lack of air), you may consider substituting peat moss for shredded paper, cutting up your food scraps and/or adding red wiggler worms to your compost bin.

Like any natural resource, sphagnum moss or peat moss is not a sustainable product and costs more than the time it takes to shred your old Bangor Daily (plus you get to exercise your hand muscles while taking one last glance at the funny papers). Full disclosure: I do admit to using many cubic feet of peat moss in our outhouses at camp for odor control.

We are really excited about our new under ground worm farm in the new hoop house. It has allowed us to manage all of our cafeteria waste with worms and a little TLC 🙂

THMS School Garden Project Displays at Belfast Coop

The Troy Howard Middle School Green Thumb Club has just put the finishing touches on a new School Garden wall display at the local cafe in the Belfast, Coop. They worked to transform the space into a bright and exciting space that gives some glimpses into their learning program in the THMS School Garden Project. Pictures, Seed Flags, Homemade garden paper, a Rag Bowl, fresh flowers and live wheat center pieces are all part of the display.

wallThe School Garden Project encompasses an outdoor learning experience by providing a school-wide garden and greenhouse project offering fantastic experiential learning opportunities along with great eating opportunities.

john John gives two thumbs up on the Common Ground Ribbon’s board he hung on the wall while one of our Super Mom volunteers, Darcie secures the worm farm story board designed and built by students in the Garden Project. Another job well done!!

Blogging in the Garden

Getting Ready for Seed SalesAs you dig deeper into the listserves, blogs, podcasts, etc. that are available in ever increasing numbers on the internet, you realize that there is no limit to the information or generosity given to anyone who takes the time to search deep enough. Do you want to make homemade root-beer? color gourds with leather dye? make a Navajo Spindle?

Google your interest and amaze yourself at the information available without ever leaving home. Then return the favor and post your own passion for someone else to discover…something as simple as your walk to work or your drive home is exotic to someone who lives in another corner of the world.

To start you on your journey, click these links and remember to visit links suggested on each of these wonderful sites:





(If kids and teachers are going to keep drinking soda why not turn them on to a healthier pop?)

Please send in your new discovery to share with us at the THMS School Garden Project.

Middle School Pest Control

This is our first attempt at linking our blog to Teacher Tube. This particular piece shows how we attempt to manage garden insect pests in the greenhouse with the release of parasitic wasps and lady bugs from the west coast.