How to make a Worm Tower

In this short video, Leonnie Shanahan explains how to build your own Worm Tower and keep your garden fertilised with worm castings the natural way.  I found this to be a unique method of spreading worm compost throughout your garden, automatically.

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18 comments on this post.
  1. chiprommel:

    heheh she said “put …
    heheh she said “put a pot plant on top”….

  2. dgoatmaw:

    I thought this …
    I thought this would work great in a outdoor compost area. My sister madea compost pile with a section of field fence with a pipe in the middle, which she could water… and with THIS idea, she could feed in the middle with her kitchen waste. She plants her herbs around the outer edge.. and had snap peas or beans that climb around the outside of the cage.. or ornamental squash? Best thing this type would be using maximun use out of the space, and keep the worms busy.

  3. 1ebric:

    I have acarus, or …
    I have acarus, or mites, in my worm bin.
    They don´t hurt the worms, I think, but they eat the food.
    Do I have to get rid of them? How?
    Thanks 4 your answers

    I think it´s better to colect the castings, but if you could have several pipes in your garden, that would work allrigth

  4. PostTheMissing:

    why would the worms …
    why would the worms leave the tube to poo when they have everything they need inside of it…

  5. eatdrywall:

    What’s the best …
    What’s the best kind of soil to use for worms ?

  6. sammieluvsdoomy:

    lol, i caught that …
    lol, i caught that too

  7. PhenixRising1171:

    I would not …
    I would not recommend this system. A wooden home made wooden box or just a wooden box w/o a bottom works fine too. PVC is terrible. I can not believe that a permaculture website encourages its use.

  8. PhenixRising1171:

    You only need to …
    You only need to get rid of them if the worms are trying to escape. What we consider and infestation and what worms consider a mite infestation are entirely different. The mites are also helping you by keeping the worms environment in check.

    Its a pain to get rid of them… If the worms try to escape open the container during the day and place it in direct sunlight. Supposedly mites do not like the light or the dry conditions and will attempt to leave.

  9. fcueto:

    This is not a good …
    This is not a good method for the following reason: compost worms need a lot of surface, and this pipe is exactly the opposite of what you need. Also, not any earthworm can do composting. You need the Red Wiggly Worm (Eisenia Fetida).

  10. zeldalautrec:

    Fantastic! I’m off …
    Fantastic! I’m off to look for a pipe

  11. damanwidtheplan:

    or dandra…or …
    or dandra…or something like that. european night crawler can also be used :)

  12. sistermitzi:

    The worms don’t …
    The worms don’t need a lot of surface because they are actually living underground and using the pipe as a feeding station, from what I saw on the video. Wigglers don’t live underground, it would have to be nightcrawlers to work properly, who compost and breed much more slowly than wigglers and go dormant in the winter or even die if it gets too cold:BUT if they die their egg sacs will hatch in the spring.

  13. deeglobey:

    Probably a good …
    Probably a good idea to use something other than PVC for the pipe … PVC is one of the least environmentally-friendly materials. Dioxins are involved in its manufacture – and these can be released over time in landfills – which may mean eventually also in the ground for worm towers. In general, any time some one says something is super easy I’ve found there are details that are getting missed – though the basic design of this tower is simple and easy – think also about the materials utilized.

  14. hk1997die:

    what do you …
    what do you recommend ?

  15. LuLu Zingalie-Adams:

    I have made a worm tower using a 5-gallon bucket. I buried the bottom half in the ground, that half has holes drilled in it, just like the you tube video. I also sawed off the bottom of the bucket. We have had a lot of rain latey and it is REALLY wet in there. The top area is pretty hot as the tower is in the sun, but down under the ground it seems to be cooler. Do you think it is ok in the sun? I have a worm bin that is shaded, just not the tower. Help!!!

  16. mtraviswhite:

    I am curious about using this system combined with the Square foot gardening. If my bedding is a 4X4 box that is 8 inches deep, will the worms die of overheating in the summer? I live in Texas where it does get hot. How deep do worms need to go to cool off in the summer months?

  17. Jim Burdine:

    Too many folks are freaking over the pvc, and not getting the gist of the idea. Obviously these folks have tried it out and it works for them. I’ve seen container wicking worm beds that have a box in the corner that does one thing similar to this. It serves as a place to put organic waste from the kitchen that worms can use to feed and then they convert that to castings that feed the rest of the bin. The box does not have to be large, just have the ability to be covered. Every so often you just drop in your vegetable scraps that the redworms convert to castings.

  18. Mark:

    Is this worm tower working? That is the question. Who has been doing this for awhile and can say that their garden area is better off by the use of the worm tower? Are the casting really being worked through out the soil?

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