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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 24, 2015 at 21:32
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 24, 2015 at 21:26

The cardboard worm towers or worm kit were advertised in 

Good Organic Gardening magazine which has gone back to the Library. I've emailed their advertising people to see if they will tell me who is selling the kits.

Mark - how about copying and pasting this whole thread? Could be a good one for others to contribute to and won't get buried like a 'status' will.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 24, 2015 at 20:58

I've not put my 4 towers into production yet. My plan is to add partly-made compost (less attractive to compost flies) to the towers. After I seed the gardens with the mix of soil-worker worm eggs, then add red compost worms to the towers.

None of that takes toxicity into account. Until I had read that link, I had no idea about it. Wondering what to replace the plastic with. Steel - terracotta - glass?

Now somewhere recently I saw an ad for a worm tower kit made from heavy cardboard which must break down eventually. If I can find the link again, that idea might be a viable option.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 24, 2015 at 20:07
I have three and to be honest, had never even thought of adding compost worms to them because they are in the dirt gardens. I tend to use them mostly for plant off cuts that I'm too lazy to take to the proper compost. I suspect that a nice range of composting solutions is probably the best answer: compost tea, bins, worm towers, mulching... I think if you put all your worms in the one basket, you're headed for trouble.
Comment by Mark Braz on July 24, 2015 at 18:12

I did see that to, but there are 2 other factors still to consider.

1) are we adding toxins to our soil?

2) is the surface area large enough to deal with the inputs before they give off toxins?

This is just another look from the other side of the coin, plus a dash of chemistry

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 24, 2015 at 16:46
Kookaburra Worm Farm sells eggs of soil-worker worms so the towers will work by co-operation between species in their respective niches.

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VETIVER COMMUNITY PROJECT

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

The Vetiver Community Project is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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