Vermi-Fertilization System – 06-14-14

I’m happy to report that I finally got my “vermi-fertilization system” garden up and running this week. I started the process on Monday, when I removed most of the material. As mentioned in another post, I’ve been using it as a storage bin for worm-rich aged manure, prior to the worms being harvested for customers.

The garden itself has been serving as my son’s temporary construction site.

I left some wormy stuff down in the bottom of the bin so I would have a “seed” culture of composting worms.

On top of the worm-rich manure I added a layer of shredded drink tray cardboard, some frozen food waste, and a cover layer of aged manure (most of the worms harvested from it already).

Yesterday, I planted four “Grape Cluster” tomatoes in the bed, and two more just outside the bed (one on each of two sides).

I’ll continue to add food waste and aged manure to the bin – and perhaps some of my chick starter feed as well.

Should be interesting to see how the plants do this year!
Stay tuned.

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    • Janice Kelley
    • June 25, 2014

    It is basically a huge worm tube. Same idea, tube or tub, holes drilled so worms can come an go spreading their castings around the bed. Keep supplied with food and moisture.
    What will you do during winter time? I think the worms will survive providing you fill the tub with leaves for insulation.

    • Pete
    • June 26, 2014

    Bentley, I have a raised vegtable garden and along the sides I have trenches for the worms. I keep the trenches covered with boards to protect against direct sunlight and the heat. The worms love fresh tomatoes and eggplant. I give them the ones that have some rot or fallen off the plant. Also, I have taken some pictures. How can I send them?

    • Bentley
    • June 26, 2014

    Sounds similar to an idea I’ve been day dreaming about for years, Pete! I pictured having a bunch of square foot gardens with a network of trench/walkways (with removable boards) in between – and maybe a vermi-fertilization system in the middle of each bed.

    I’ve sent an email re: the pictures.

    • Bentley
    • June 30, 2014

    Hi Janice (sorry for delay getting your comment approved!)
    Yep – just like an oversized “worm tower”. If you read some of the earlier posts from this spring, you’ll see that I just ended up leaving it completely as-is (as-was? lol) over the winter – i.e. with zero additional protection. Surprisingly, there were loads of composting worms in there when I finally got around to removing it this spring and dumping out the material.

    • Janice Kelley
    • June 30, 2014

    No problem, Bentley. I was amazed as well how well the worms survived in my winter compost heap with a large vertical worm tunnel in it. Lovely finished stuff when I harvested. The worms were mostly turned into the next compost heap to continue their good work.
    I am really hooke on this vermicomposting. Thanks for all you are teaching us by example.

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