Build a Worm Tower in Your Garden


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Building a Worm Tower for Your Garden: an activity for children of all ages. If stirring, tumbling and maintaining a compost bin or pile sounds like too much work for you this might be your answer. Worm towers are a method of composting that puts the majority of the grunt work onto the worms. Rather than composting in a separate area and moving completed compost into your beds, you can simply compost in the beds themselves and let the worms do the composting and the moving of nutrients. A great book to read with this activity is Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler.

  • Supplies:
    • Plastic bucket or seedling pot of an appropriate size. For a small garden bed/area use a one gallon pot and for a large garden bed/area use a five gallon bucket. Some people use PVC pipe or wood as well. (See the Pinterest board below for more design ideas.)
    • lid or board to cover the bucket (optional)
    • shredded paper
    • kitchen scraps
    • coffee grounds (you can get these free from your local coffee shop)
    • drill
    • ¼ to a half inch drill bit
    • sheets of newspaper or straw to cover the soil of the bin and keep it moist
    • worms (optional)
  • Drill lots of holes in the bottom of the bucket and about two thirds of the way up the sides of the bucket. These holes will allow worms to travel into and out of your bucket and carry the nutrient rich castings into your garden bed.
  • Dig a hole in the middle of your garden bed/area that will fit the bucket and leave one third of the bucket above the surface of the soil.
  • Fill the bucket half way with shredded paper.
  • Layer on coffee grounds and kitchen scraps.
  • Add worms (optional). If you’re patient, worms will naturally gather here and reproduce. If you want to kick start your worm tower, you can buy worms or gather them locally and place them in your worm bin.
  • Water your worm tower. Watering will keep a moist environment for your worms as well as help to deliver nutrients from the worm tower to your surrounding plants.
  • Keep adding shredded paper or other sources of carbon.
  • Keep adding kitchen scraps and coffee grounds and watch your garden flourish!
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.

Worm Towers

Have fun!