Adding compost to your soil is one of the best ways to improve your garden. Make a compost pile from a mixture of organic matter, such as:

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds

Turn the pile once a week with a pitchfork to introduce oxygen, and keep it covered with plastic to hold in moisture and heat. Adding red worms to the pile will speed up the process, since they digest and process their body weight in organic matter every day.


Danny Lipford: Sometimes thinking green can be taken quite literally. For example, nothing can make your yard or garden greener naturally than by using compost. You want to use a good mix of “brown” materials, like dead leaves, and “greens” like grass clippings. But if you really want to speed up the process, here’s the secret: worms!

Red worms or wigglers are perfect because they will eat and process their own body weight every day. That may not sound very pleasant, but it will create some of the best compost in the neighborhood.

Add things like coffee grounds, tea bags and crushed egg shells; mix the pile once a week to introduce oxygen and cover it to help keep in the moisture and the heat. Within three months or so, you’ll not only have a rich compost pile to feed your garden…you’ll have some very healthy bait for the fishing hole!

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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