Ben, Nicola, Flynn and Soren.

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We’re very lucky to have a great backyard. We have a large vegetable and flower garden, apple and lemon trees, beehives and guinea pigs. Don’t worry, we still have some lawn left for playing soccer! We use two worm farms and a large compost bin to process all of our food and green waste.

We grow a lot of our own green vegetables and salad greens. In the last year we’ve grown beetroot, spring onions, leeks, broad beans, beans, carrots, tomatoes, peas, corn, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, miners lettuce, parsley, tarragon, lemongrass, oregano, thyme, basil, chives, sage, garlic, rocket, coriander, beans, courgette, watermelon, rock melon, kale, tomatillo, cavalli nero and pumpkin all growing in our garden. We take great pleasure in eating fresh vegetables from our garden, there’s nothing like the taste of a fresh salad or a tomato still warm from the sun.

Because we grow so many vegetables, we need to replace the nutrients in the soil all the time, or it becomes tired and dry. If you’re doing any kind of gardening, good compost is the game changer!

Most of our food scraps go in our worm farms by the back door. I compost the things we can’t put in our worm farms in a three-bay compost bin at the end of the section. That’s where we put all our hedge trimmings, lawn clippings, yard sweepings and the bedding from the guinea pigs’ cage.

I’ve got a thing about worms! They are the unsung heroes of our ecosystem! Worms do an amazing job breaking down all sorts of organic waste into the best compost there is. Some years ago I designed hungry bin, a continuous flow worm farm, because I wanted a worm farm that was easy to use. I had the idea that I could improve how worm farms worked, and make it easier for people to make worm casting and worm tea, which are amazing plant foods.