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After some recent landscaping I have a new terrace in my back yard that I am going to turn into my new vegie garden. I have set up a temp chook run "chook tractor" over part of the planned veg garden. I have covered the whole lot with bird netting (the type used for fruit trees), to keep the pesky crows out.

I have added heaps of compost, horse manure and am constantly adding more prunings etc. The chooks are scratching it up the top layer quite nicely, though the heavy clay soil is not being turned over as much as I would have liked. I added gypsum to the clay about a month ago, so hopefully when the weather dries up the chooks will have more success in turning the soil over.

When the soul dries I will also get the bobcat back to finish the rest of the terrace for me (rough ground to the left beyond the chook tractor). Then I will move the chook tractor so the chooks can prepare the next area for me.

Just thought I would show you my worm farm. I have 3 stacks which I am costantly shuffling around.

We produce a lot of fruit and veg scraps and I have found that even using all of the trays, all of the time, it cannot quite keep up with the scraps we supply it.

I now use horse manure soaked in water over night as a bedding material. I use to use leaf litter, but I have found that the worms love the manure much more.

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Comment by Joanne Chung on May 29, 2010 at 20:31
Hi Lyn,

Great blog, I have just recently starting my own vegie patch and a worm farm..

When I read In Situ worm farm tube (no idea what it is so I google it).. I come across this video clip..

http://www.redwormcomposting.com/worm-bins/worm-tower/

great idea.. I am going to set one up and give it a go.. in stead of using cow manure I might use the chook poo.. (I have 2 feed bags of aged poo)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 29, 2010 at 19:07
There has been discussion on 'in-garden wormeries'. There wasn't any conclusions since those of us discussing the topic did not have any practical experience. Lyn ... sometime would you like to do a blog for us? Some pix would clarify the design and some details about roughly how often you feed the worms.
Comment by Lyn Buffett on May 29, 2010 at 13:23
They work well James, but I do only use them for when my normal worm farm can't take any more. I could use them to do all my scraps, but I would need more of them. Also my worm farms are closer to the house and therefore more convenient.

The great thing about them is they cut out the step where you empty the worm castings into the garden. I have two 20cm wide PVC tubes about 70cm long. I drilled large holes in the bottom third and burried this end in the veg garden. Then I added some worms, scraps and an icecream container for a lid. The lid keeps the rats and crows out. The contents (scraps) decay and are moved out into the garden by the worms, so the contents disappear, making for a new lot to go on top.
Comment by Lyn Buffett on May 29, 2010 at 10:41
Nah I don't fancy putting stinky fruit and veg scraps in my nice blender thanks. I don't want to wash it that often either. The worms just have to deal with it in their own time.

I should have said that using all the layers is working much better than using only the top layer. I feed the chooks all the scraps I think they will eat, and everything else goes into the worm farm or into the insitu worm farm tubes I have sunk into my veg garden.

I bought the worms many years ago from Bunnings as compost worms, I'll take a photo of them and put it on this page to show you.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 28, 2010 at 22:41
The blender for a heavy-duty job like that needs to be a heavy-duty machine. My Lex Sun is one such - not exactly cheap but not the dearest, either. If you make nut milks and smoothies, a h-d blender is very useful and won't smoke on you when whirring up veges for the worms.
Comment by Shirley on May 28, 2010 at 8:18
Hi Lynn,

I too love seeing others gardens, inspires one to keep going. I have a can o'worms that we have just started also an old bathtub that works very well.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 27, 2010 at 21:40
Than kyou for posting the pix, Lynn :-) I love to see other gardens!

If you have the 'red worms' they are 'manure' worms rather than compost worms ... that's why they revel in manure! Two can o'worms hardly touched the mound of scraps we two made ... your chooks will do a good job being less fussy than the worms.

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