Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Diane, If you have a small space where you can dig a hole you can use an in-ground composter setup. I used a plastic waste bin (garbage can in the USA) buried it a little deeper than half way, cut out the bottom and planted it lid up.
Now I can simply toss anything I want to compost into this bin, put the lid on and wait until I have something else to add to it. I never turn never have to remove anything but, if I wanted to get the compost from this bin all I'd need would be a dog poop picker upper and a bucket to drop my compost in after I grabbed a scoop full. Worms will do a good job of moving the decomposed goodies under ground for you. (my old one that was used for 20 years, had quite a large circle of superior soil around it starting at 1 year and the circle just kept growing larger every year after that.
T Melville wrote:I'd been considering a worm tower like this ever since I read the Dr. redhawk post I linked above. I finally decided to just do it. I put it in the rockiest (poorest?) soil on the place. The building you can see has a basement, but it sits on a mound about a foot and a half or two feet above the rest of the yard. I can only assume that these rocks mortared together with clay used to be underneath. My shovel couldn't penetrate until I broadforked, and I had to start with it at half depth so I could pull it back.
I'll probably add a bucket of manure soon. I don't know whether to add worms, or wait for them to just show up.
Pearl Sutton wrote:I think if it were me, I'd seed it with a few worms, to jump start it if nothing else. There may be worms in the rocky area, but it might take them a while to get through it all to the worm munchies.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:..You can compost just about anything organic in one of these, including pet poop with no worries about contaminating your soil, the bacteria and fungi along with the worms working will take care of the pathogens should any be present.