It sure does! And here is the proof! The worm tower method for raising worms really does work! This post is a quick update to show you how (after more than six months in the garden) the worm tower method is working for us.
In two previous posts on raising worms for castings, we compared two good methods (the bin method and the tower method) and explained why we chose the tower method and how we did it. You can find those posts here: Raising Worms for Castings – Part 1 and Raising Worms for Castings – Part 2. Digressing …
Yesterday, I went out to feed the worms, but this time I took my camera with me. I thought you might like to see what you can expect if you pursue this project, too. I looked down into the abyss and saw what looked like some really rich, healthy compost & castings (all nicely churned) so I took a photo. This is a wonderful sight for any organic gardener to see (click the photo for close up):But that is not the proof I was looking for. So I stuck a small trowel down in there and lifted this out. How exciting! PROOF POSITIVE that the worm tower works and the worms LOVE it! And please note, that while we have not had a hard frost yet, our nights are getting pretty cold — well into the 30s F. Nonetheless, these lively little fellas were just wriggling like crazy — healthy, pinkish, and strong. Notice there are quite a few babies here which means they are breeding and building a nice little worm community in the garden. Still, it is too soon to prove that Midwest Permaculture is right — they stay active even in the dead of winter. I will do this again after a few good hard frosts and let you know what we find.
Are you convinced yet? I sure am. I have a feeling there a couple more worm towers in our future.