Saturday, February 2, 2013

Worm Tubes, "A Worms Buffet"

   While doing the 3 part soil series, I was asked many times more about the "Worm Tubes". So I thought maybe I should do a quick post to help explain a little more. They are really easy to make and install any they help attract your "Garden Champions". It's like making a "Buffet" in your garden for them, its up to you if you charge them or not, lol!
    First you will want to make a trip to the plumbing dept. of your favorite hardware store or if you have a "Habitat for Humanity Restore" in your area you can go there as well and probably get your supplies you need! (it doesn't have to be new)
    Here is this list you will need: 1) A piece of 3" or larger PVC Drain pipe. You can get the french drain pipe with the holes already in it or you can drill the holes yourself, (Holes need to be large enough for your worm customers to enter, lol). 2) You will need 1 cap to fit each worm tube that you are making. 3) If you don't have a saw to cut your pipe, you better swing by the tool dept. as well!
Pipe you need
Cap you need

   So you have your supplies, know for the fun part, unless you are like me and love to go to the hardware store! 
  1. Cut your pipe into 3' sections or longer depending how much you want above ground.
  2. At this point if your pipe doesn't have holes you will need to drill holes in it 3/4" or larger, (I feel larger if you can). Leave the end of the pipe that is barred cap free!
  3. Dig down, in your garden area, 2' to 2 1/2' (use a post hole digger for a nice round hole) you can go deeper if you would like as well.
  4. Place pipe in hole vertically into ground 2' to 2 1/2' into ground and back fill dirt.
  5. Start dropping your kitchen scraps into the tube and put the cap on, so you can easily remove it!   Note: Follow the same guidelines for this that you would your compost bin. Don't put greasy foods, meats, ect. into the tubes!
  You can do this in a conventional garden or raised beds if you would like. A hint for conventional gardens: you could use a large trash can! Just cut the bottom out of it, drill holes in the sides and put it halfway or deeper in the ground. Use it the same way but with this one you could drop small amounts of leaves or grass clippings in as well!

  I hope you have fun with this and I am sure some of you will even come up with cleaver, artistic ways to  disguise them in your garden. When you do, please stop back by and drop us a link so that we can come see! Here is the finished product for you as well.
See them in the Corners?

More on soil:
"Black Gold and Other Soil Amendments"
"Garden Soil Part 1"
"Garden Soil Part 2" 
"Garden Soil Part 3"
"My Neighbors Raised beds"

Matthew 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
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  1. That is just too easy!
    Do you "harvest" the rich soil around the tubs and move it to other places or do you just let it be a buffet and the worms go out into the garden and spread their goodness?

    1. You can do either. My neighbor just leaves his in the corners but moving it is an option as well. I believe that is what I will be doing.

  2. and happy harvest!! thanks for this info!

  3. Great info! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre!

  4. Very cool idea and even easier than cold composting, which is what I have been doing. Once you get the pipes in, very little work! I may have to do both! Thanks. I found you on Sunny Simple Life linky party.

  5. I've seen this idea floating around...I love it! We are focusing heavily on our soil this year and this will be a brilliant way to continuously amend our raised beds :-)

  6. Thank you for joining the Frugal Tuesday Tip! We did vermicomposting for a year or two and enjoyed it, we just couldn't find a good place to keep them. If I move to a community garden (see link) I'll consider this idea. Will Pin right now. -- JULIA

  7. Thanks for this great idea! We have buried mesh bags of scraps to attract worms but this is much tidier and the container is easier to keep track of.

  8. My backyard is too tiny to have a compost pile. I would like some natural fertilizer for my garden this year so I'm going get it from my friend. However, I will share your post with my friend. BTW, when should I put the compost down? I started planting May 15th in Chicago.

    1. You can work good broken down compost into your soil at anytime. You can also just top dress around your plants and it will wok itself in!

  9. Thanks for doing an additional post on this. I will be visiting our ReStore very soon! I plan to do a post on this and I will link back up to you.

  10. How clever!
    I'll keep this idea in mind for summer. I'd add that you should toss an eggshell into the tubes now and again, as worms need to take a bite of eggshell to store in their crops to help grind up food. Worms (at least the Red Wigglers I know) do not like onion skins, potato peels, and citrus rinds so I'd use those compostables in different areas of your garden. I've got a worm bin in my son's closet, and two compost bins outside, and I love how much faster the indoor worms are than the cold outdoor compost. They really rock. My indoor houseplants are having the most amazing winter thanks to the castings I'm getting from my worms. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh I am so happy you linked in today and shared with my little party! I love seeing the tips, tricks and inspiring photos everyone has to share! I am getting ready for spring to pop and seeing everyone's shares always inspires me! I hope you will link in again very soon and flaunt with me and the others again!
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    hugs from Alberta Canada!

    Until Next Time... Happy Gardening!

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  12. Right now we use bottomless trash cans with holes drilled all around and harvest the compost but this looks like a great idea for our new raised beds, Thanks for the info.

  13. Wow - I've never tried these, but I'm intrigued. May have to try it this year.

  14. I am definitely going to be reading your soil posts - I shared this post with a fellow gardener - he loves your ideas!
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Great idea! Love this. Wish I had read about it back when we still had a big garden :)
    Thanks for linking up at NOH's Natural Living Link

  16. What a cool idea!! I'm going to start vermicomposting this year, waiting for the spring to get some from my friend who keeps them in a bed outside. I'd like to keep the worms indoors, but totally love any ideas to bring in the outdoor ones as well!