Today for this edition of T stands for Tuesday I thought I’d share a DIY project made from recycled pieces of the kids old play set.
I read about worm tower composting on Pinterest. It looked like a great solution for my raised bed garden. Most of the links I saw used a PVC pipe instead of wood.
Since we had scrap cedar laying around it seemed like a perfect use without spending any money. Mr. G did the construction and drilling of the holes for me after I explained my idea.
The holes let the worms migrate in and out of the tower to spread the compost throughout the raised bed. Isn’t that awesome…they do the work for me!
We even had an old handle in the shed from the sandbox cover. A perfect fit for the lid.
Now it was time to install … I dug down to the bottom of the box…well truth be told the box doesn’t have a solid bottom….just landscape cloth. I assume eventually that will rot away.
I back filled all around the tower and attached it with one screw just in case some critter decided to try and mess with it. It looks like it’s always been there.
Now all I needed was some composting worms. Amazon.com never ceases to amaze me with what I am able to order.
This was a strange bin to find on my front step a few days later.
I started saving kitchen scraps after ordering my worms. The paperwork that came with them said they also enjoy paper and cardboard. I grabbed a couple handfuls of shredded paperwork and started layering the material in the tower.
Honestly I was worried about getting the worms…would they still be alive? Yep…red and wiggly. I have no idea if they will survive a Minnesota winter in the garden and worm tower. From what I read they do have a good chance of survival. Only time will tell.
Do you compost? I’d love to hear about your system.