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Using an empty 2 Lt bottle, cut off the bottom. Fill with worm castings and worms leaving space for some raw organic vegetable waste.
Plant the bottle in the middle of a large container, leaving a small amount exposed at the top.
Cover with a pot.
Plant your desired vegetables in the container. Keep on topping up the mini worm farm with raw kitchen waste.
The mini worm farm will feed your plants right down to the root level. The result happy, healthy and well fed vegetables.
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Coriander Key hole worm garden
This is what is commonly referred to as a keyhole garden, an old world small-scale farming system invented in Africa. Build a circular structure to support the garden and bring it up to waist height to keep yourself comfortable and create easy accessibility. Place a reasonably wide wire tube for compost and a semi sealed “keyhole” entry to allow you to slide in for tending. The compost pile is where you concentrate the watering, which helps break down the organic goodies and disperse them throughout the garden for the plants. Fill in the bottom with wood and other materials at the bottom, pile on some nice soil on top and you’re all set to go!
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Robynne Robertson said:
So interesting! Have been looking into starting a worm farm. Thanks!
Pleasure Robynne. You will never look back, in fact it becomes quite an obsession 🙂
How cool! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday. 🙂
thank you 😀 *Brigid
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Brigid Jackson said:
Reblogged this on aristonorganic.
Reblogged this on Gippsland Granny and commented:
What a great idea for a worm farm when you don’t want to invest in buying a commercial worm farm. I am going to give this a try.
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Cara Meintjes said:
I’ve seen this keyhole garden diagram before but it looks like quite an effort. Maybe better suited to a farm where one can gather stones and wood to build this with. Maybe we should try one at Ariston? 🙂 Would love to see real life examples, have you ever come across some?
I will definitely be trying out the mini worm farm in the middle of my beds, cool idea 🙂
Brigid Jackson said:
yes Cara perhaps we should try one in Ariston 🙂 have not seem in real life, would be fun to experiment. The mini worm farm is a winner 🙂
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TE Wall said:
FYI, these gardens were designed by Texas A&M students for desert situations. Since they did really well in south Texas, they introduced them to families in third world countries that were very hot and dry. They did an amazing job!