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Portable Composting and Earthworms

By cwhitt
June 17, 2017

Living in a condo, I don't have a lot of space, so I sometimes need to get creative with my gardening. I can't imagine a garden without compost, but did not have a large permanent place for a compost pile, so I took a large black pot that had once held a tree and I started using it for composting. The idea worked very well -- with added benefits. I had placed the pot in my rose bed. Earthworms quickly found their way up into the pot from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. They delighted in the constant supply of fresh kitchen and yard waste that I kept putting into the pot, especially my coffee grounds, banana peels, and egg shells. Soon, I had an entire nursery of baby wrigglers, and my kitchen/yard waste was rapidly composted and became full of earthworm castings. Then, I had another idea: I had a rose bush that was not doing very well, so I moved my compost pot next to the rose bush during the rainy season. Nutrients must have drained out of the bottom of the pot, and baby earthworms made their way back out of the bucket and into my rose bed. Soon I noticed a great improvement in the rose bush, and a definite increase in the number of earthworms. It seems that this was a win-win situation: I was breeding earthworms, composting, and improving my soil -- all at the same time! This summer my composting pot is moving again. I have another bed that needs some soil improvement and is lacking in earthworms. What an easy way to improve my soil!

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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Jun 16, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Composting in a pot! What a creative idea with bountiful benefits! Thanks for sharing it, Christie.
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pardalinum
Jun 16, 2017 8:56 PM CST
This is a clever idea, especially moving the pot around!
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Jun 16, 2017 8:59 PM CST
Very cool!
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katedavis001
Jun 17, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Brilliant, economical and (for me) timely-- I was just scanning the Internet yest trying to find a reliable, easy, compact way to compost. Thanks for the idea!! I think you've just saved me $65.
Name: greene
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greene
Jun 17, 2017 3:54 PM CST
Portable composter/worm bin. Fantastic! Thanks for this excellent idea.
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Name: Sue Seymour
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suzysparklesalot
Jun 17, 2017 5:08 PM CST
what a great idea! do you have a problem with critters trying to get in the pot?
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 18, 2017 11:44 AM CST
No problems with critters. Although, I will say if I add something that I think the critters (or fungus gnats) might be interested in (like melon rinds), I scrape off just the top layer of compost and pile it on top of my new addition.
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 18, 2017 12:15 PM CST
Christie ~ What a brilliant idea! Thank You! Thumbs up

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