A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there is 1 user online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 1 Guest

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» No-dig gardening & weed control
by freebird Yesterday at 5:10 pm

» Homemade onion sets
by freebird Yesterday at 7:50 am

» What are you harvesting today?
by Dandelion 11th November 2017, 10:48 pm

» Autumn sowing in the November Garden
by Chilli-head 8th November 2017, 12:10 pm

» What arts and craft things have you been making lately?
by FloBear 6th November 2017, 7:11 pm

» New arrivals
by FloBear 5th November 2017, 4:26 pm

» Wrapping up in the October garden
by freebird 30th October 2017, 12:41 pm

» Seed Banks and reliable suppliers
by Dandelion 26th October 2017, 2:16 pm

» Excellent publication
by Dandelion 18th October 2017, 5:07 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by Chilli-head 15th October 2017, 8:46 pm

» Masaledar Sem (spicy green beans)
by freebird 15th October 2017, 8:08 pm

» Autumn planting vegetables
by freebird 7th October 2017, 12:58 pm

» Greek village bread
by Chilli-head 5th October 2017, 1:57 pm

» Passata machine
by Ploshkin 4th October 2017, 12:21 pm

» Bad press for woodburners
by freebird 29th September 2017, 7:20 pm

» Reflections on the seaon 2017
by freebird 28th September 2017, 9:35 pm

» The September garden
by FloBear 21st September 2017, 8:59 pm

» Wildlife cameras
by FloBear 9th September 2017, 11:53 am

» whats on the menu
by Dandelion 5th September 2017, 10:10 pm

» Insect hotel
by FloBear 31st August 2017, 10:07 pm

Statistics
We have 634 registered users
The newest registered user is mailedusentials

Our users have posted a total of 44868 messages in 2331 subjects
HML on FaceBook
RSS feeds



Donate to our Charity
The Homemade life supports Kiva - microloans for people in developing countries working to change their lives.  These loans are repaid to our KIVA account, so your donation is used many times to help different people - literally the gift that keeps on giving..

How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

View previous topic View next topic Go down

default How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Adrian on 3rd March 2011, 9:26 pm

How To Make a DIY Worm Tower - linky

Make composting in your garden a speedy affair with your own worm tower by eliminating a few stages in the composting process. Your garden or yard will love you!
Worm Tower



A worm tower installed in a raised bed

A Worm Tower is basically a length of pipe buried halfway in the ground with holes drilled in the buried part for worms to get in and out. Food scraps are added directly to the tower instead of into your composting bin, and are eaten by worms already living in the target part of your yard. You can add Worm Towers to your full blown vermiculture / vermicomposting regime or just use them by themselves, particularly in raised beds. Several steps and lots of time can be eliminated for some of your composting bysimply delivering food waste directly to the worms, directly on to the garden.
What you need:

Length of PVC about 3 1/2 inches (89mm) or larger wide or if you can get it a length of bamboo – much more ecological

Something to cap the tube with. (I bought some caps but there are other suggestions like a flipped over plastic pot with some screen to keep out the flies

A saw that can cut through PVC

Drill with large drill bit. I used 1 1/8 inches (30mm) but in the videos looks like they use 1/2 inch (13mm)

Shovel

I had a 9 foot (2.74 metres) length of PVC already, but I did go buy three caps to seal off the top from flies and critters. Before starting this project I was reading about squirrelsbecause several of them like digging in my garden. I was concerned that putting the compost into the garden might be an attraction, and it might, but I did learn that they can only smell about 6-8″ (152-203mm) under the surface of the ground. I took this into consideration when measuring out my pipe hole placement and my notes reflect that. Your results may vary.
How To

Cut the pipe into roughly 3 foot (.91m) sections. Drill holes in the bottom 12 inches (304mm) of the pipe – drill lots of holes

Bury the pipe in the garden about 22 inches (558mm) , which leaves a 10 inches (254mm) smell barrier for the squirrels and about 14 inches (355mm) exposed

I primed mine with a shovel full of worms from our big wormaculture bin

Add compost

It's very simple, but the video below gives you some step-by-step instructions if you're a visual learner.

A couple of side notes, I'm only adding compost to the towers that will easily break down, so no twigs, eggshells, etc. I'd like the worms to be able to completely digest the muck I put in and I'll leave the heavier stuff for the compost bin. One of the videos recommends an occasional deep watering which should wash away the goo and deep water your plants. I spent about 30 minutes trying to take apart an old air filter for the filter material for the fly barrier but this was a complete waste of time. The filter material is glued to the cardboard and interwoven with screen – just a mess. That's why I bought some proper caps. It reminded me though that I should save some of the (very) raggety clothes we've recycled to use for filter material.

There are lots of Worm Tower videos on YouTube, but the initial inspiration for me came from this video below.

Happy vermiculturing!


................................................................................................................................
Paradise Papercraft
Etsy shop
avatar
Adrian
Founder and crotchety old git who wanders around in a threadbare dressing gown muttering

Posts : 2951
Join date : 2009-11-06
Age : 48
Location : Paradise, Nova Scotia

http://www.paradisepapercraft.ca

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Dandelion on 3rd March 2011, 10:25 pm

That is really neat

................................................................................................................................
The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.
avatar
Dandelion
Admin

Posts : 4533
Join date : 2010-01-17
Age : 61
Location : Ledbury, Herefordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Hairyloon on 4th March 2011, 11:51 am

Am I right in thinking this can deal with almost any type of food waste?
avatar
Hairyloon

Posts : 643
Join date : 2009-12-09
Location : UK

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Adrian on 4th March 2011, 12:08 pm

hum, dunno,

................................................................................................................................
Paradise Papercraft
Etsy shop
avatar
Adrian
Founder and crotchety old git who wanders around in a threadbare dressing gown muttering

Posts : 2951
Join date : 2009-11-06
Age : 48
Location : Paradise, Nova Scotia

http://www.paradisepapercraft.ca

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Compostwoman on 4th March 2011, 12:40 pm

Sounds the same as a "Dog Loo" which can handle, well, dog poo ok. Also same principle as the Green Cone , which can handle anything. I have one but don't now use it but I think Billy uses one?

Compostwoman

Posts : 5689
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Chilli-head on 4th March 2011, 1:49 pm

If you were to "plant" one of these by squash plants rather as one would a watering pipe, would it serve for feeding/watering ? I have some scrap 4" waste pipe to hand ...
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2377
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Compostwoman on 4th March 2011, 3:17 pm

I would think so, yes. I plant 5 l bottles nextto mine for feeding/watering purposes, and this sounds a good alternative.

Compostwoman

Posts : 5689
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: How To Make a DIY Worm Tower

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum