"Like many gardeners, I have a compost heap that ends up in kitchen and garden rubbish," Baldwin tells mbg, adding, "Red worms turn it into rich, dark soil full of nutrients." (Scream, worm cast.) You can use your compost as mulch for underground plants, she explains, or even make compost tea.
To do this, she says, pile some compost in a cheesecloth, tie the lid, and put it in a bucket. When the water turns brown, you have “fertilizer tea” to water your plants with. After you've wrung out the moisture, you can put the tea bag contents back on the compost heap!