We all want to make gardening easier. Well why not let some little red composting worms do some of the fertilizing for you. You can make this worm tower and let your hungry worms make wonderful fertilizer right in your garden. All you need are a few simple supplies from your local home improvement store and a handful of worms. It’s that easy, and I’ll show you how.
All you need is a 2 foot section of 4″ PVC pipe. (This is a 10′ pipe, it will make 5 towers.) It already had some of the holes in it. But I added a few more. Also you need one male clean out cover and one female threaded adapter.
1. Drill* 3/4″ holes in the pipe for the worms to crawl out.
2. Use a Rubber Mallet*
and pound the end cap on the 4″ PVC pipe.
3. Dig your hole. Make it deep enough so that only about 2 inches of your tower sticks out above ground. A post hole digger* makes this quick work.
4. Put the worm tower you just built in the ground and fill in loosely with dirt around it. You don’t want to pack the dirt. The bottom is open to the ground. Yes that is correct. You want the worms to crawl out. They will come back if you feed them.
5. Put in some wet bedding. Shredded news paper works well. So does peat moss or just grass clippings.
6. Next add a handful of worms
7. Don’t forget. They like all the trimmings from your kitchen vegetables.
You need to feed them every few days.
8. Don’t forget to put the top on your worm tower. You need to keep the rain and critters out. You don’t want your “friends” to drown.
They will eat what you feed them and spread the fertilizer they make throughout the garden. They also leave their tunnels and that loosens the soil leaving places for air, water and roots. The worms eat plant residue that falls to the ground and they turn the grass clippings and leaves that you built your garden with into worm castings (fertilizer). They are a gardens best friend, making your plants healthier so they can produce more abundantly for you. Healthy plants can also ward off disease and pests easier. Which makes you, the gardener, happier and healthier too.
Keep the worms happy and they will work very hard for you.
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