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Worm Tower - 5 Gallon Capacity

 
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Bury it up to top(bottom) of the bucket and move it every year or so.

Some friends in at Trybal Revival Garden in Kalamazoo Michigan have devised a great plan to feed the worms in their garden. The design we had seen in action was a 6 inch tube with holes drilled. But this held only a couple gallons of matter, The new design has the capacity to hold 5 gallons of kitchen scraps.
PDF Instructions on how to build this "Worm Castle" can be found here: Worm Tower Instructions

Thanks to Trybal Revival Gardens.

Enjoy, I plan to build and install one tonight! well.. maybe I will install tomorrow, that's a lot of drilling.

-Ryan
Staff note (Dan Boone) :

The PDF instructions link was broken, but here is a rescue link courtesy of the Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20130124015202/http://trybalrevivalgarden.com/images/reference/wormtower.pdf

 
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I "built" a couple worm towers today for the raised bed that will be my kitchen garden this year (herbs and stuff mostly).
These are only about 2 gallons.


and the little barrels installed:


 
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I guess I dont get it. I have worms and I just mix the Chopped up food into the bed in one section of the soil. Why do I need to put the food in a plastic bottle for them to enter and leave? What is the benefit of this?
 
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It's a combination of things.
Digging in the scraps to be composted is work, Trying to avoid that as much as possible.
When the ground is frozen... It's normally not a foot or so down.
The Jugs hold more scraps than I'd be able to compost by digging in bed, especially while I have plants growing.
The worms distribute the nutrients to where the roots are accessing them.

It's a quick and easy way to vermicompost. Certainly not sayin' it's the best.

-Ryan
 
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