The Ultimate Worm Bin

My son built me a huge worm bin before he moved to the mid-west.

It looks like a huge coffin on legs!

It looks like a huge coffin on legs!

It is high enough, that I do not have to bend over. The lid is hinged.

The lid has two sides. I just prop it with a 2x2.

The lid has two sides. I just prop it with a 2×2.

Happy worms eating kitchen scrapes and shredded paper. I cover them with leaves and black plastic.

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Now for the best idea of all. This worm bin is self-sorting. He installed hardware cloth divisions. When one side gets pretty full of worm castings – I just quit feeding that side and feed the side next to it. The worms go through the hardware cloth to get to the food. And I am left with worm free castings!

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I try to always give my baby plants a fist full of worm castings when they are transplanted.

Something pretty!

Tthought I would show you my very happy Clematis. It is a Sweet Autumn. It has spread over the arch into the Upper Garden and on to the side fence. I have had to give it several hair cuts to be able to go into the upper garden area.

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See the tall trees. They are on three sides. That is why I have so little sun and have to turn this area into a shade garden.

I guess Autumn is on it’s way. Yeah, cooler weather! 😄

Side Garden Update

My new helper came the other day. His name is Mike. He is 34 and a nice young man. I am pleased.  He is a gardener and he has chickens! And he is sooooo interested in Permaculture. He is learning about Permaculture and I am getting some of the HEAVY work done. Here is a picture of the raised beds after 6 hours of Mike.

Wall is 2 blocks high 8' on one side and 20' on the other. Lots of dirt moved.

Wall is 2 blocks high 8′ on one side and 20′ on the other. Lots of blocks and dirt moved.

The mound on the right was a Huglekulture - not easy to move. So this part of the path is narrow,

The mound on the right was a Huglekultur – not easy to move. So this part of the path is narrow,

And a lot of clay was dug up and dumped in the ditches of the new central path. Getting close to where we can get a cart down it.

 

It will get smoother and mulched.

It will get smoother and mulched.

And blocks were removed from the raised bed in the Greenhouse and toted to the garden for those raised beds. The dirt will get moved as we need it.

Not pretty, but work in process!

Not pretty, but work in process!

Just a update. And a glimmer of what is to come.

 

Help with the Upper Garden Redo

My garden helper, David, called. Asked if I needed him. YES, I NEEDED HIM! We almost finished the Upper Garden in 4 hours! He moved concrete blocks from the upper edge of the beds to a holding area next to the side garden. 4 blocks at a time in the cart! These blocks have dirt in them with vines, herbs or succulents growing in them. (Heavy!) Then…. Continue reading