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people often ask if we vermi-compost ... the first answer is ... it depends on what your definition of vermi-composting is? ...


here are a few photos of a worm nesting site we found the other day ... on top of 6 mil black plastic ... on the edge condition of the 'wild perimeter' (where these worms originated - hint: undisturbed + uncultivated) ... adjacent to, but not in the zone 2 intensive / cultivated beds ... just doing their thing ...


we first noticed them by observing that the chickens spent their first 15 min of 'free range time' harvesting this surplus of protein ...



when the conditions are right worm life happens:

moisture is critical (irrigation trapped by the non-permeable plastic) + mulch cover (imported fall leaves) + shade seems to be a factor (temperature) + food (organic matter) ... what else does a worm desire? ...


so is this vermi-composting? ... sure we will take some credit for consciously creating the positive conditions for worm life + its associated soil building ... but really it is what nature does ... well naturally ... and maybe even despite our best efforts to help the process along ....

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Comment by Joseph McClellan on August 6, 2012 at 5:28pm

I have yet to find a worm in my yard.. even after importing some. Hopefully I just haven't seen them because I'm not out before sunrise looking for them. Either way, good for you!

Comment by Catherine, The Herb Lady on June 12, 2012 at 8:54am

Bryan, I am always pleased to find bunches of worms under my big pots when I move them.  Just as you noted the moisture along with some soil/mulch habitat works really well, naturally :-)

Comment by Brian Beck on June 11, 2012 at 4:18pm
Ah! Damn Bermuda! Ruining everything.

Thanks for the reply
Comment by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden on June 11, 2012 at 3:29pm

well ... in order to tame the 1/2 acre of bermuda grass + have a productive 1st year harvest we settled on the raised garden system depicted above: 6 mil plastic over the grass / purchased import soil on top of the plastic, into which we successfully gardened the first season / after 2 seasons, the import soil is re-located + the plastic is removed (all but the perimeter 2' wide piece that stays in place as a deterrent to the bermuda's constant attempt at encroachment back into the garden) and the native soil is then amended and becomes the 'grass free' base soil for in-ground beds ...

Comment by Brian Beck on June 10, 2012 at 9:37pm
Why do you have non- perm plastic?

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