David Huang wrote:I fear I don't have anything much to say about worm towns just yet other than I first read about the idea in Paul and Shawn's book and immediately thought, "Hey that's neat. I want to try that." Alas, I have not yet tried it and now my ground is frozen and covered in white so this will have to wait until spring.
I do know the area I want to try it in. The soil there is just generally weak. Most of the rest of my property can be lush with weeds if nothing else, but not this area. Even the weeds struggle here. I believe this is probably due to all the 18 yard dump trucks that drove over it dumping fill dirt in the zone which was later used to build the hill around my earth sheltered studio. (Yeah, I know trucking in a hill to build an earth sheltered building is not really Permie, but I really wanted one and the deed is now done.) My guess is that the soil is well compacted with an unhealthy layer of bland fill dirt on top. Worm towns sound like a great solution for this zone.
Perhaps I'll landscape them with rocks. I really like rocks and moving heavy rocks around without power equipment, kinda like Joshua likes digging holes. Unfortunately my property is rock deficient, so yeah, I've had them trucked in like the dirt...
Tyler Ludens wrote:How does one make a Worm Town that doesn't look like a big ugly hole in the lawn?
paul wheaton wrote:I wrote about this something like ten years ago. And several people tried it with great success.
Here's a thread:
And from that thread, three pics in a row - before, during and after:
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:
I assume there are some records from people digging foundations, wells, or sewers, troll hunters, dowsers, and gnomes, as well as Jules Verne, but any other places to look? (I'm basically just interested in 6 feet down...but maybe tree-depth actually. Wouldnt it be nice if the tree had soil instead of dirt down there??