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Miniature worm tower in the pot of my houseplant.

Posted by Sven Horner over 8 years ago

This winter I couldn't wait to try it out (wormtower) and I loved the idea of this miniature nearly-a-ecosystem. See photos.

If you've never heard about a worm tower, look at this video - it explains it quite well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYi2QsH4MyM&feature=related
And heres another tutorial: http://milkwood.net/2010/10/12/how-to-make-a-worm-tower/

In words: Take some kind of pipe, the one half of the pipe that'll get below the ground gets drilled many holes, big enough so that the worms can enter the pipe from the sides; find a way to close the pipe above ground so that you keep it moist and then put in compost worms and compostable material, e.g. your kitchen slops.
Its important that you take those worms that live in the compost, because others will probably not feed from what you put into the pipe. But if they feed they're going to disperse their wonderful worm cast all around the area of the pipe. So this sounds like a nice way to get organic matter into the soil without digging or tilling it.

And so I built a small version into my plant pot.. fairly simple.

The inside of the worm tower. Filled with rest of an apple. You can see one of the wholes and a nice kind of mildew.

What you see is the inside of this small worm tower, with the apple core left. And nice little mildew.

The images below show the whole pot and a macro shot of the (remaining) white clover sowed into the pot. Most of them died, because of the bad conditions (heating, low light (winter and east facing window) and rough watering)... And i tried to catch the worm cast (last image).

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Jonathan Naraine
Jonathan Naraine : Wormtowers seems to be a wonderful idea! Turning into great compost for the winter sheet-mulch in 6 months :) Did you make one indoors to your tree plant? Great stuff!
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Sven Horner
Sven Horner : Yes, now i finally get what you meant. Of course worm castings are also left inside the pipe.. So compost is being built there, you're right. I just didn't see that.. tss. I was stuck on the thought that the worms disperse they're castings in the soil area around the pipe - and i guess they really do.
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Juan Manuel Burgos
Juan Manuel Burgos : Interesting aproach on vermiculture!! should work more than fine on sheet mulch or hugelkultur beds for sure. i guess i'll give it a try :)
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Sven Horner
Sven Horner : yes, give it a try. :) i think of it as a good method to get organic matter into the ground locally and without working it in - instead of collecting it, composting it, dispersing it again.
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