In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show ,compost expert, Justen Garrity of Veteran Compost, joins Mike to share his professional tips on how to make the best compost possible right at home.  Justen shares with us his journey from 10 year Army veteran to successful compost entrepreneur, how he delivers tonage of compost to small and large gardeners in his area and the hurdles he faced in getting started.

From there, Justen, gives us his best tips to make sure you are making good, qaulity compost at home, how to avoid that "compost smell" that a lot us gardeners get, and obtaining the right balance of what goes in to your compost pile.

This and so much more on this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show!




Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

  • How the Veteran Compost the business got started
  • Rules, licenses and regulations Veteran Composted faced
  • Hurdles to a composting business
  • EPA's role in the composting business
  • What makes up a good compost pile
  • The browns & greens of a compost pile
  • What's that smell in a compost pile?
  • Proper moisture level of a compost pile
  • Vermicomposting at home
  • The science behind vermicomposting

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show




  • Worm Tower - This is the one that Mike uses for his vermicompost bin.
  • Worms - of course you will need some red wigglers.
  • Shredded newspaper - Add in as a bottom to your worm bin some shredded newspaper
  • Food scraps - Finally feed your worms all of your food scraps.  Don't forget you can add in shredded leaves, grass, and more shredded newspaper as a food source.  Worms will eat just about anything.  Just don't put any bones, aluminum foil etc. in there.  


About this week's guest, Justen Garrity

Veteran Compost is about two things:

1. Employing veterans and their family members
2. Turning food scraps into high-quality compost

Our goal is to fuel our growth with people and material that others pass over.

Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans have an unemployment rate that exceeds the national average.  That means that a combat vet has a harder time getting a job than the average person.

Two thirds of the material that gets thrown away in the United States every year is compostable.

So, there's plenty of people and material to fuel our growth.

Our Farm

We have a 30-acre farm in Aberdeen, MD.  We're right on the edge of suburban sprawl, but still work the land and compost.

The farmhouse dates to the 1870s and is surrounded by an assortment of outbuildings.  The crown jewel is our vermicomposting operation in our barn.  It is the only commercial worm composting operation in Maryland.  More than a million worms are working around the clock to create great compost.

The fields around the buildings are home to our aerated compost piles.  Nothing beats the sight of the steam rising off the piles at dawn.  It's a beautiful thing.

Our Products and Services

We work hard everyday to provide excellent collection services and compost products.  We want to set the standard for high quality compost and customer service.  No one composts harder than we do!

We are proud to be composting in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia and look forward to growing our business, hiring more veterans, and saving the planet.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast

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