RJM, when I saw that photo of the worms, I immediately wanted to post a warning for you as I know exactly how you feel. However, you seem to have managed to scroll by it without incident.
My Mum, as you all know, is an avid Gardener. She has had a compost pile for years now and keeps a special bin alongside her regular bin under the kitchen sink. It doesn't take up much room, and has a charcoal filter in the lid to keep the odour to a minimum until it's emptied. As Phyrie mentioned about the Rabbit manure, we had horse and cow manure in endless supply which also used to be used.
This year I am desperate to at least have the small front lawn I own look like grass and not weeds.
Alina, had I been better informed when this house was built, I would have had topsoil put down prior to the sod being laid. However, I didn't and my front lawn is virtually weeds growing on rocks.
I am hoping that if I have a layer of topsoil delivered and spread evenly, I can then plant grass seed along with fertilizer which will hopefully choke out most of the weeds underneath. As it is right now, the ground underneath the weeds is so full of rocks and pebbles, that I can't even put my weeding tool into the soil as there is none.
The back of the house is relatively fine as all of the topsoil from digging the foundation is back there and even with the trees and their roots, the grass has done well and has very few weeds.
Any lawn tips would be appreciated. I know the alternative is to try and remove what is there; add topsoil and sod, but that is far more expensive than my plan. Growing lawn from seed takes longer but is far less expensive that new sod as topsoil must be put down first whichever way I do it.
I also know to let the grass grow taller and cut more frequently but not too short. The fellow I hired the first year kept cutting the grass too short and despite me telling him not to, he kept doing it. Needless to say, he has lost my business. He put himself out there as a Lawn Care specialist and yet couldn't explain, nor offer advice on how to choke out the weeds as spraying is no longer an option here in London. Pesticides have been banned, so no weed and feed, just seed and feed.
I have solicited my Mum's opinion and she thinks the topsoil, good seed and feed and loads of watering and removal of weeds if they appear would do the trick.