I am biased, but I think that a love of good food will lead you to a love of the freshest ingredients, and the freshest ingredients come from your own garden. The next natural step is a gardening and doing that in a sustainable and ethical way is also a cost effective way. Sharing your wins, lessons and seeds with neighbours, friends, family and well, anyone, is just a natural way to help us all live sustainably :)
Inspired by a number of permaculture and sustainability websites and blogs, particularly this one, I decided to make a number of worm towers for our vegetable gardens and to put some near our fruit trees. I can honestly say, that they have been excellent!! By far the best composting venture we have undertaken in the garden. Within a couple of hours, from either recycled or new materials, you can have worm towers in the ground, or in a large pot on your patio!
The idea is to put all your vegetable and fruit scraps (excluding onions or garlic, as the compost worms can die from them) and let the compost worms and their castings fertilise your plants for you! It is not smelly at all, and it is SO simple. (Compost worms are a red variety that you can buy from garden shops or perhaps a friend can get you started with some of theirs).
I took some PVC pipe left over from a plumbing job and drilled a number of good sized holes into the sides, leaving about 30cms at the top without holes. I've also used an old tall bucket with a lid for another large one. Recycle away!! Ours have been so successful that I'm keeping an eye out on council clean up days for spare pipe left on the curb for rubbish collection, so that we can up-cycle them to worm towers.
Then bury the pipes into the soil; leaving about 20cms above the dirt line.
Cover the top of the pipe with a piece of mesh or old t-shirt (to keep the flies out), and upturn a pot over the pipe and cloth to keep the vermin and possums out.
|The upside down brown pots in the vege bed are all that you can see of the worm towers :)|
Have fun and give them a go.