Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thrifty Thursday-Worm Condo

With the onset of the summer temperatures here,
not much is growing in the veggie garden.
It seemed like a good time to try a little experiment.
I'd read about a specific way to add compost to the garden
and attract worms at the same time.
Earthworms are a boon to the organic way of gardening.
Worm castings have so many benefits, 
including improving the soil in your garden.
You can read a great article about that topic here.

Now, we usually do direct composting,
where we take the contents of our freezer compost bin
and add it straight away to various parts of the backyard bed.
It works just fine, but I wanted to try something different.

Most of the articles I've read on this subject
suggest PVC pipes, but I didn't have any on hand
and I wanted to use what I had around the homestead.
These large yogurt containers were repurposed for our undertaking.

The drill was used to form holes in the bottom of the container.
As long as the holes are about eraser-sized, 
the worms should be able to travel in and out just fine.

The holes were filed just a bit to remove any sharp edges.

If the container collapses while you are drilling,
you can add water to the container, freeze it and then drill your holes.
The ice inside helps the receptacle retain its integrity as you drill.
When you've completed your drilling, 
place the container next to your plants 
and they will get a cool dousing as the ice melts. 

We also cut out the bottom of the vessel to allow the contents to be worked down into the soil,
as well as adding even more access for the worms.

The clear tops should make it fun to watch as the compost breaks down.

The containers were placed into a snug hole
right in the garden bed.
The pipe version adds them to the corners of the garden,
but I think they'd be fine just anywhere.

As we are transitioning our veggie bed,
no planting is happening right now and
it will be easy for us to watch the progress of this research project.

We added some compost from our freezer container.
We had carrot peelings, cherry tomatoes, ends of peppers,
coffee grounds and egg shells that were about thumb-nail sized.
I'll be monitoring the contents every few days to see how it decomposes.
If it works, we'll be using it all over the garden beds.
If it doesn't, we haven't lost a thing,
and we'll continue with our direct composting method.
Either way, we're sure to learn something!

The worm condo we created was
based on the idea found here.



  1. I've wanted to do something with vermiculture for years and this was the first year I tried it. It seems to be working well so I can add the worm cast-offs to the garden. If this works for you I think I'll try this next to increase the worm population in the garden. :)

    1. Those worms are hard workers, huh? I'll keep you posted on our project.

  2. Daisy, a mini composter. What will you come up with next. You always inspire me to think about how to use things in a different way. It will indeed be interesting to see how well the worms like it. I'm finding an abundant supply of worms in my garden since I deep mulched last fall. This year the worm population is much higher than in past years of less mulch and more weeds.

    We were deluged with rain a couple days ago and the garden hasn't dried out enough for me to get the rest of the planting done. We have already received our average rainfall for the month of June. I'm really concerned about getting the plants in the ground in time for harvest. We have 132 days left in our growing season. I'm still going to plant everything but some will probably not reach maturity or only have a short harvest time. Some times I'm just a little jealous of your longer growing season but then you have your gardening challenges there as well, don't you.

    Have a great thrifty Thursday.

    1. So glad you have an abundance of worms. You must be doing something right! Here's hoping for better weather! ;0)

  3. I saw old fence wiring in the center of the garden at a garden show very similar to what you have done. Great idea!

    1. Hmmmm, sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope you will join us again today :)


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