At Juno Heights Garden we organised a number of Open Days in 2017-2018.
Chatting with our visitors I realised that people are often really interested in household scale, worm-based composting, called “vermiculture”. Also, I keep getting random requests for worms.
Kitchen scrap, paper, cardboard, kitchen paper towels, leaves, old pot soil, dust, even cotton-based clothes can all be recycled with the help of worms. The outcome of the process is worm manure or worm compost (and worm tea), that can be applied to the soil to improve its quality. Moreover, worm compost is richer in nutrients compared to “normal” compost, as it is animal manure, not only decomposed plants.
Vermiculture is an absolutely simple and amazing solution in a garden. Not only it turns kitchen waste into animal manure but very easy to set up, handle and maintain. For a permaculturist, who do not have the time and energy to handle larger animal stocks (eg. chicken, rabbits, sheep, goats), worms can contribute to garden life with their manure in a low-labour-need way from the point of view of the gardener.
It is also a great thing in flats, small houses, small-scale permaculture spots.
REGINA Garden is a relatively dry space with mostly sandy soil. In the process of garden development we have been trying to create new habitats for creatures to move in. Our intention is always to help nature to increase its biodiversity.
So in the framework of a permaculture training we have created this nice new habitat from a large truck tire. It was a lovely community upcycling experience.