How do you grow your own food in a small space with not a lot of time? You know you want better
health and nutrition, you’d like to be involved
in its production. And if you’re going to grow
it in a small diverse garden, how do you keep it continuously fertile? ‘Cause you want maximum production. And you want to do it
with the minimum time and minimum effort. This is a great way to do it. You put the worm farm inside the garden. It’s simple. You can just use a bucket. You cut the bottom off and then you drill holes
all the way through the bucket sides half way up. You sink it into the garden to that depth. And you fill it up with manure. And there’s the last bit and
I’ve covered all the holes. So we’re actually up to the top of the holes drilled in the side. Back it, filling all the way around. So we’ve got back pressure
against that manure on the inside. Okay, let’s put food scraps in. And it’s quite simple. You just dump it in there. Put a few weeds in there. We can convert ’em right up into soil. So you can add a bit of that weed in there too. So now, it’s time for the hard working
heroes to enter their arena. And here they are, the compost worms. Not earth worms, compost worms. They only live in the organic matter. Let’s tip ’em in and they’ll go to work. So we’re now going to get ’em all wet and slushy
because that’s what they like. And this is a very well-drained worm farm. Now, it definitely will
drain out the bottom. In fact, it’s draining nutrient straight into our garden. That’s what it’s all about. We’ll let them just drain down. It’ll bubble down to that manure, take out all the air gaps and they’ll have really good passageways into the soil edge. They won’t go into the soil, but they’ll go right up
to the edge of the soil and the liquid draining
out of the worm castings is going to go into the garden. Now it’s important that we
put the lid on the bucket. The worms don’t like light. And they want to be
protected from the sunlight. And of course, they don’t like birds coming down to eat ’em. So once we’ve sealed it, it’s not airtight because it’s got the hole in the bottom. The bottom’s cut off the bucket, it’s got all the holes in the side. But now, it’s not going to dry
out with evaporation. They’ve got a nice, light cover so they feel safe. They go to work on that there. And also, we can actually use
this for a small bird bath. You can fill that top up, birds’ll come down and drink it. It’s also the perfect flat
stand for a sprinkler. A wand circular sprinkler
will get all of this garden. We’re stacking the functions which is typical permaculture design. We can put one of these
in-between two fruit trees. This will fertilize both sides. We could put it in a
circle of fruit trees. This is a very adaptable,
simple application, making it so much easier
to close that loop of waste to product to health and nutrition. There you go.