Everything seems to be moving along well with my “Vermi-Fertilization & Watering System“. I have four tomato plants and a ground cherry (added as an afterthought) in the bed, and – as you can see if you refer back to my original post – they’ve certainly grown a fair amount.
I have even been enjoying the “fruits of my labors”, in the form of tasty grape tomatoes picked and eaten while going about my day-to-day garden chores (alas this seems to be the fate of most of my early tomatoes! lol).
Since starting the system, I’ve been adding a variety of kitchen and yard wastes – although it’s been more challenging as of late with the jungle of plant foliage growing over the lid of the bin. The worms (and friends) seem to be processing everything pretty readily. Apart from the level of material continually dropping, when I dig down a bit I quickly start to see something that looks more like compost than the original waste materials, along with plenty of worms.
There even seem to be a fair number of worms in the bed itself. With a little bit of digging near the bin today (didn’t want to go too crazy since lots of roots growing there) I quickly found a European Nightcrawler. Previous excavations have turned up Red Worms and various soil worms as well. I have little doubt that there are many more further down where moisture levels are higher.
I am pleased with the results thus far. None of the plants are showing any obvious signs of deficiency, so I think the system is working the way I had hoped it would.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out during the remainder of the growing season.