Photos of our front yard site, shredded wood: https://goo.gl/photos/SPduYheq3vSuBxaeA
I got a used garden shredder on Tuesday for a good deal in the online ads. I hope the output from it is suitable for worms.
Well, it just rained all day yesterday, and I figured I should go just take a dig in the front yard, so see how the soil there really is after the rain. I think I mistated about it being heavy clay. Up in our fields it certainly is, but down here near the creek it has much more organic matter at least, and while the soil is moist it isn't "soggy".
Another thing I remembered is that, two years ago, I was testing how quickly our well would empty when being pumped out. I put the house around the tree in the photo (the well is just behind the small fence in the linked photos-- it is common with our neighbor). After a bit, I noticed an increase in dripping inside the well shaft, so I think the soil actually drains well.
For what it is worth, the water level in the well is 8 meters below the surface, even now after we had a lot of rain and snow melting.
We only have one floor right now. We plan to add another floor, but that is a down-the-road plan. I think one newer house on this side of the road might have a basement, but these older ones don't. In fact, none of the older ones have a basement, though some that are built into a slope have the root cellar under the house. I'm not sure if the reason for a lack of a basement is risk of it flooding or just the state of architecture post WWII rural Slovakia.
There isn't really room anywhere except at the back of the house to locate the worm bin above ground. One side of our house sits on the property line, the other has the path leading from the front to our entrance doors on the side and then there is the front as shown in the photos.
Therefore I'm just going to try putting it in the front yard. If it does try to float out, then we can dig down further and put a half cubic meter of concrete to anchor at the bottom.
Except when it is rainy and muddy outside and the toilet gets full, it is OK, though usually it is a chore that gets put off until the bucket is full. There is now about 2 cubic meters of compost pile that isn't very rapidly decomposing as well. I hope it speeds up in the spring. A previous humanure pile did decompose most of the way, then the chickens got in to it and sped up the process... My mother doesn't like the system when she visits. Mostly I would be concerned with possible visitors who would be too weirded out. Our children's pediatrician and her brother want to visit us this spring, but I think she might be particularly grossed out by such an arrangement. We visited her and she has a nice modern home in a different village nearby. Since some of our other lifestyle choices are on the edge here-- not vaccinating, homeschooling-- neither are go-to-jail illegal, but there is risk of fines and other harassment-- so I'm thinking better not to push it with the toilets.