A wormfarm in the ground – almost too simple to be true (you’ll be scratching your heads at how you missed this most obvious idea). No plastic, no complicated management; just nature unfolding (and the joy of finding yet another effective shortcut to ease your life).
Trenching foodscraps direct in your soil is the easiest way to recycle foodscraps and build your soil at the same time. Being a somewhat direct person it suits me. Instead of managing a wormfarm (and face it, it is time consuming) and after time adding the results to the soil; you can get straight to the point and trench the foodscraps direct making the wormfarm where it should be all along – in the topsoil.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a backward way of saying wormfarms are bad. Au contraire – a wormfarm is a magnificient way of managing food scraps. Suitable to situations like schools or restaurants where there is a large amount of waste and tiny urban sections where this is perhaps not enough land.
In our household we don’t have alot of foodwaste – bones become stock and then dog food, bread becomes crumbs and frozen, leftovers are recycled into fabulous (and sometimes strange!) dinner creations and after all that there’s the pigs. What’s left behind is the coffee grounds, tea bags, herb tea dregs, fishbones and shells, egg shells and avocado shells – what a wonderful brew for the soil!
Make a shallow trench (like a gutter) in your chosen spot, fill with food waste and cover with a thin layer of dirt. The idea is a long thin strip close to the top, so it is quickly dispersed into the soil by our friends the worms.
At the minute I’m trenching in my greenhouse, progressively along the centre of each bed as I prepare for the coming season, and also in my pre pumpkin compost piles. My next port of call will be my poor storm smashed citrus as I try to bring them back to life.