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Considering vermicomposting trenches

 
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Hey all I am considering putting in vermicomposting  trenches inspired by the red worm composting site (link below). The thought is to make a hugelculture like bottom to improve drainage and a wood walkway to cover and hopefully reduce compaction. My hope is that this will also help to prevent soil runoff because our water table is only about 10 feet below surface and we are downhill of most of the surrounding lots in our subdivision so missourri rains tend to yield boggy patches and soil runoff.

My worry is we have very heavy clay so I'm hoping I can use this to direct excess water out of our garden. But I don't want these to turn into ponds of sorts so I'm thinking I should make sure they are at an angle to the grade. I do not intend to vermicompost a restaurant's excess like he mentions in the site but I would like to use this for all of our household waste and maybe reach out to a few of the horse and cow farms around here.

Any suggestions for establishing in ground composting or for dealing with excess water?

https://www.redwormcomposting.com/large-scale-vermicomposting/10-years-of-vermicomposting-trenches-beyond/
 
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I'm almost in same predicament here in TN.  I have water pooling around the house, and right up to back of house, so started stacking a lot of sticks, grass, mud to get drainage away from the back of house.  Had a farmer dig 3 trenches leading from mid yard to backyard, I have been creating martian canals leading to some of these with pretty good success.  My backyard is a level 1 flood zone, next door their whole back yard is in that predicament.  A lot of clay here too.
 
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This seems to work pretty well with 4” drain tile at the bottom. I am also trying wood filled trenches without pipe in other places away from structures. Seems to kickstart fungal diversity and moderates soil moisture.
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Wood filled trenches...functions a lot like keylines and topped with woodchips makes a good path as well as soil improvement, drainage and absorbtion.
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14acres of hardscape above site, which has seen 10” of rain a day in last few years
 
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