Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Worms' Work Can Make Garden Grow.

Byline: A Garden Journal DONNA REDMAN For the Journal

Sunday, we took out all of our spent annual flower and vegetable plants so we could plant a winter green manure crop of Austrian field peas.

It was a hard thing to do, since some of the tomatoes, the eggplant and the cucumbers were still producing. It was tempting to leave them in just a little longer, but then there might not be enough time for the field peas to germinate before cold weather sets in. So out they came.

We were left with a huge mountain of garden waste to deal with. The stuff that was diseased or that had bugs on it went to the garbage, but we chopped up the rest to give the worms.

The neat thing about worms is they convert vegetable matter to compost much faster than conventional composting does. They don't give off an odor, like composting sometimes does. …

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