Creating Our Community Raised Wicking, Worm, Garden Bed

The Green Square Growers, is the inner City of Sydney community gardening group that I helped to create.

Last month we installed our first community garden bed that was a wicking bed and had a worm tunnel.  What on earth is that??  Here is a video that I recently finished that explains all about it.

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5 thoughts on “Creating Our Community Raised Wicking, Worm, Garden Bed

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  2. You have a good attitude Kerri i.e. enjoying the journey! I haven been having fun on my green journey too…………but “shush”……… don’t tell anyone it is fun………..it can be our little secret……..Hhehehehehe

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  3. Sarhn, you are amazing. I found your blog because you had great information for my project of mixing Bokashi and worms; now we are up to wicking worm beds and there you are.

    Great video and great team you have there! Well done everyone!

    My husband Jeff has built a wicking bed only last week. He likes to employ a little too much human energy (if you haven’t sawed, dug, concreted and used every tool in the shed, you really haven’t been trying). I am over the moon that he is interested enough to have a go and we’ve had a ball thinking of different ways to go about it. He has used treated sleepers and I’ve dealt with it knowing that treatments have changed, tests show little leaching and it’s a wicking bed so there will be a liner anyway. He’ll be learning better ideas over time; I will be patient. We haven’t filled it yet as we are employing sheet mulch techniques and using Bokashi bags in the layers (split open or emptied). Probably next week before manure is aged and I’ve accumulated enough Bokashi and traditional compost ready to go. I’ll put a worm tower in, but won’t put the worms in until the Bokashi has had a few weeks to break down to soil.

    Today we made our doggy-done-it disposal tower. Started with Bokashi’d dog poo, added some compost and some straw. We’ll leave this for a few weeks so Bokashi can do it’s thing, then I’ll decide whether the local worms are going to be able to handle the job or I’ll add some compost worms.

    Funny because dog poo disposal was my one and only plan (and throw a few vegies in the garden, but that doesn’t involve looking anything up) when I came across Bokashi in my search for a good design. It got bumped by Bokashi, Bag Bokashi and Holiday Bokashi; which led to vermiculture, worm feeding techniques and leachate; which led to wicking the raised bed Jeff had wanted to build me for years, which led to a design with angular step-down beds and a lattice for climbers which also blocks off the neighbours (one day I’ll blog, I guess, I’m taking pics).

    I’ve got mini bag buckets on order and am going to be getting friends and family into Bokashi by firstly asking them to do some for me. Who knows, we might be building amazing community gardens too, one day?

    A few short weeks. One great big adventure. We’ve still got over a month before we go to our first ever Permiculture course (beginners!). Learning all the time.

    Take care and keep up the great work,
    Kerri

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    • Hey Kerri,

      Wow in such a short time you really have accomplished so much.

      Personally I don’t feed dog poo to garden worms (even if it has come out of the Bokashi bin). Dog worm medication is very strong and is designed to kill worms a lot tougher than the humble garden worm. Also even though I use the bokashi system to break down dog poo (that my two little ones create), I don’t use this to fertilise edible food (this is something if you were planning to do, I would recommend you do some more research on, as it concerns me).

      Well done Kerri, you and your husband are doing a fantastic job!

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      • Thanks Sarhn, I definitely put my dog poo disposal where no vegies will ever grow. I don’t actually have an ornamental garden as flowers, herbs, fruit and vegies are interspersed, so my dog and bird dropping disposal has to go next to the tank.

        I hear what you are saying about dog worming medications, but I will be avoiding the droppings for a few days after worming time. The strange thing is there really isn’t a good way to dispose of dog poo as pathogens can survive and cross to humans. Not the council collection; not the worm bin (unless you have a separate one); not near edibles; not the compost; and then there’s the worming meds hurting all the small contributors to our soil.

        However, on the other hand, we have all been doing something with the stuff forever. I would have more than a little throughout my garden as I used to put it in holes that my puppy dug to stop her digging there. I used to clean the yard by filling a supermarket bag and throwing in the garbage bin. If we left it where it fell, it would still end up in our soil and microbes and worms and other soil inhabitants would either steer clear or work on it.

        I’m using my pit to dispose of bird droppings from my avairy as well. A similar story, but with added seeds that grow through most processes. I’ve seen people add these to worm bins to ‘feed them wholegrains’ or to ‘add aeration’ but I think worms feed on microbes and microbes eat dead things. I haven’t heard many people complaining that worms ate their newly sprouted seedlings. Also, worms are pretty good aerators themselves.

        The avairy cleaning used to involve Supermarket bags and a council bin also. Now I have a self watering planter box under the seed dispenser which sprouts uneaten birdseed, creating greens for the birds (even sunflowers and peas which give us a nice display as well). The planter box keeps the seed off the floor and doesn’t entice mice, though I still need to control these if they appear. Only the droppings to dispose of and any seed shouldn’t sprout when it is in the lidded tower.

        Getting there and enjoying the journey.
        Kerri

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