“How to make a Worm Tower”
Blog Article from the Good Folks at Milkwood Permaculture – Australia
|A Video Short|
Easiest Way to Recycle Kitchen Scraps and Feed your Garden – Worm Towers…!!!
It’s as simple as digging a hole, sliding in a pipe or long narrow bucket with holes in the sides on bottom half of it, and burying it 2/3 of the way down into the bed.
Then every day or two, you take off the top (which is there to keep the flies out) and dump fresh kitchen scraps in. The worms will digest the scraps and carry the fertility in their casting out into your garden bed.
Scraps + Worms + Moisture = World Best Fertilizer…!!!
Becky and I have plans to make several of these this year. I think it is a brilliant idea and will keep you posted on how it works for us.
Click Here for the 2-min. YouTube Video
|A Coppiced Christmas Tree?|
Cutting Tree after Tree… from the Same Stump
Many woody plants resprout from the stump when cut down. We call the regrowth “coppice”, and the management system “coppicing”. One trims away everything except for the desired sprout. This is the third or fourth ‘Christmas’ tree cut from the same tree stump – now 50 years old.
Dave Jacke, author of the 2-volume set, Edible Forest Gardens, and his permaculture associate Mark Krawczyk are writing a much needed book on this subject of coppicing. You can help support the writing of this book and be one of the first to own a copy by pre-ordering your copy now. Becky and I did. Can’t wait to read it.
|‘Hugelkultur’ Your Woody Materials|
Burying Woody Material and Junk Firewood to Help Next Year’s Plants Grow
Someone asked us upon hearing the word “hugelkultur” for the first time if it was appropriate to use the word in proper company. It’s a mouthful alright.
Hugelkultur is an old German concept/word meaning “hill-culture”. Wood is buried under topsoil (either in a hole or right on the ground) and as it breaks down, it holds lots of moisture and provides sustained nutrients for plant growth. It is one of the best methods that Becky and I incorporate to use up all of the extra woody materials from around our house. Why not put all the good carbon to use below the plants we want to grow?
Pictured: Students Proudly Straddling Wood-Chunks in Hugelkultur Bed at one of our Permaculture Courses in California
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|Self Irrigating Planter||I Loved this YouTube Video|
Frank and his Homemade Grow Boxes
Build Your Own Self Irrigating Planter (SIP)
Meet Frank Fekonia from Queensland, Australia. Living in a relatively dry climate on a south facing slope he needed to come up with a way of growing bountiful gardens on rocky soil, on steep terrain, and with little water. Similar to the SIP, why not build tall raised beds or planters that conserve water while minimizing the amount of bending over to work the beds. Certainly he could figure out a way to build them for under $200 each. He did better than that. He built over a dozen of them for almost ‘nothink’. I love the creativity of Franks idea.
A Full Permaculture Design Certification Course
Winter Training: Feb. 2010
With Added Focus: Creating Productive Growing Spaces
– Kitchen Gardens to Small Farms –
The 2009 Suburban/Urban Permaculture Design Certification Course Graduates