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Jumbo Garbage Garden

Garbage Garden
My dad surveys the patch of land he groomed for our garbage garden.

Just when I thought I might have to scale back my restaurant food waste vermicomposting project – due to the accumulation of excess waste, with no place to put it – my dad came to the rescue, suggesting that we start up some composting projects on his property. He has a fair amount of available garden space and a lot more privacy than I do, so it should be a great opportunity to really test out some different methods.

Our first project will simply involve converting his old vegetable garden into a ‘garbage garden‘. My hope is that with enough food waste and ‘bedding’ materials, this system will make an excellent winter home for lots of composting worms, and will become the ultimate grow bed for whatever we decide to plant in it next spring!

garbage gardening
Putting my dad to work digging trenches, while I barked commands from behind the camera (haha)

In an effort to really take advantage of the space, I decided to start with a series of shallow composting trenches. There will likely be 6 or 7 of these, covered with a thin layer of soil. Next we will start piling up materials directly over top of the soil. It is going to be really important to add LOTS of bulky absorbent ‘browns’, such as cardboard. Aside from soaking up and holding lots of moisture, this will help to maintain aerobic conditions in the bed. I will also be adding lots of straw, and brown leaves (once available in the fall) to cover up the waste materials and create more good habitat for the composting worms (and other helpful critters).

Should be really interesting to see how this pans out! So far so good. It’s been great taking a bit of a break from adding new materials to my own trenches and beds – it’s allowed the worms to play ‘catch up’, and has helped me avoid seriously offending any of my neighbours.

Stay tuned!

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Written by Compost Guy on July 30th, 2008 with comments disabled.
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#1. August 1st, 2008, at 4:37 PM.

Do you have a plan for over-wintering the worms in the trenches? Are they sacrificial, or do you plan to dig them out and keep them in bins until the next thaw?

I need a VermiConsultant to come tell me what to do next with my own two bins. They started out in my basement, but are now housed in my garage due to my loss of patience with the fungus gnats. I’ve started finding a few housefly maggots in them as well, unfortunately, so I’m wondering what I can do with them when the weather starts turning colder.

My entire reason for starting vermicomposting was so that I could compost my kitchen waste during the winter, when my outdoor heap is inaccessible (snowed under, too cold to take the scraps out, etc). So I would love to have them be indoor bins again; I just don’t know if I can rid the bins of the worms’ little juvenile-delinquent buddies, the gnats and flies, in time. Any advice?

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