We’ve gotten a lot of traffic for our worm towers so we thought we’d feature them on this page by themselves. Worm towers are one of many techniques that permaculturists might use but knowing when and where it is really appropriate requires a broader understanding that permaculture, it’s ethics, and principles provide.
Last year during our Hands-on Permaculture training we built worm towers with the class and installed one in Bill and Becky’s front yard. Once it’s installed all you have to do is add composting worms (red wigglers) and then occasionally add some table scraps. The worms feed on the food waste and in turn, fertilize the garden bed. No muss or fuss with kitchen scraps anymore, it is so incredibly easy to use. The only maintenance that’s needed is to clean out worm castings once a year to make room for more compost.
If you’d like to make your own we’ve made an instruction sheet to help you out.
You can download the instruction sheet by clicking on the picture or the link above.
When we checked in on it during the first winter (a very mild winter for our region) the top was frozen but beneath that the worms were slow yet still active and going about their business. There were even fresh baby worms…!!! We’ll let you know how the worms fare through this next winter, which we expect to be colder.
What we like most about the worm tower is how easy it was to make and use. This is a simple and clean way to dispose of kitchen scraps while feeding our gardens at the same time.
Here is the video that got us started with our own worm towers. It’s only 2 minutes and it has some good graphics.
And by the way, is there any reason that drilling a bunch of holes in an old 5-gallon bucket and sinking that into the ground would not work as well? We think not. The lid would have to be bigger but a terracotta tray would probably work well. Then we could put a nice potted plant on top of that for looks!