I just wanted to provide a quick update on my outdoor vermiponics system. Things have been coming along quite nicely, and the rainy weather we’ve been receiving as of late certainly hasn’t hurt!
What’s funny is that I still have not even turned on the pump, nor put the white plastic sheet over top. The wet weather and relatively moderate (not scorching hot, that is) temperatures have allowed me to procrastinate a bit longer. I do plan to get things going “officially” this week though.
As you can see, the basil plants are doing quite well. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the tomato plant. It has not grown all that much, and the leaves are starting to brown in places, so I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s not going to do all that well. I have a bit of a back up plan in mind, should I need to remove the tomato, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!
I have been watering the bed manually with a watering can (when it hasn’t been pouring rain), and sprinkled some alpaca “pebbles” over the top to provide some initial slow-release fertilizer for the plants and some food for the worms. Speaking of worms – I still have not really added any to speak of. There have certainly been some in materials that have been added though (namely, in the gravel from my first system, and in some compost ecosystem material I added recently) – and I will likely just let them grow in number on their own.
Anyway, that’s basically it for now! I will likely provide another update sometime in July.