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Worm Tower Composting

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

I'm talking strictly the composting towers, NOT the composting towers that also grow plants out their sides.

This is all new to me. But this just makes sense. My 'worker' worms creating uber-duber fertiliser while lessening my garbage output? What's not to like about that idea? I purchased the worms (can't get to my own as there's a foot of snow on the ground and it's -24 F outside) so it's the least they could do right? Their work is eating; that's a pretty good gig for a worm!

I was enticed by videos that I'd stumbled upon. So I thought why wait till Spring. I decided I wanted to make compost now so I'm not having to pay for it this Spring. Good quality organic fertilizer is gold at the market! It's too cold outside to get a pile to heat up so needed an inside solution.



I used five 5 gal buckets I'd previously purchased for a project that never happened. Did all the cutting, drilling holes, etc., added the vegetable waste and worms and let them be.

Within two weeks, I have a jar of compost/worm spit. It's so dark brown full of nutrients that light can't shine through it.

And there's my dilemma. Do I just put this liquid directly into the plant's soil, do I dilute it, if so...how much?

I plan on adding three more buckets to the tower to get more scraps breaking down. I'll make a tower from re-used lumber as soon as I can find the ground (covered in snow).

Another question is, what type of worm is the best at making fertilizer out of veggie matter?
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  • BECCABOO127
    I've always wanted to do a worm garden but I travel sometimes. I'd have to get a baby sitter for my worms...lol!
    1104 days ago
  • STUBBY_DOUGLAS
    I'm a beaten man. I've found no way of ridding the bugs organically from the compost. I will be ordering some lady bugs once it warms outside. I'll let the lady bugs take care of them outside. Next year, I'll be composting differently; insulated [Winter temps are frigid here] and outside.

    Just keeping folks updated on my experiment. Happy gardening!
    1104 days ago
  • STUBBY_DOUGLAS
    PROBLEM! There are tiny bugs, LOTS of them, active in 2 of my 3 buckets. They look like little mites. I don't know.

    How do I get rid of these little pests without poisoning the compost???
    1169 days ago
  • STUBBY_DOUGLAS
    I now have three active buckets of compost with very active European Red worms.

    Will be building small PVC pipe with holes in them and a cap. This Summer, I'll be placing them in the ground in the flower bed and in my tomato plants. So mini-compostors that will keep my soil rich and aerated.

    I put down the worm juice outside. It was THEE worse smell!!! My neighbor peeked over the fence to see what the smell was about! Funny, smells all gone now thankfully.

    This growing season is going to be awesome!
    1170 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
    usually people dilute the "worm-wee" but it is harmless to use as is
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    1201 days ago
  • STUBBY_DOUGLAS
    Thought they cost more than I remembered. But they'll make up for it when I start outside planting; lots of free plant food.
    1202 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17902792
    Great idea, I paid high prices for worms in the winter in Michigan.
    1202 days ago
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