WWW – Waste, Water & Worms

wormsOk so this may not have much to do with Quality, Safety and Environmental certification but here goes anyway.

About two years ago I became interested in gardening and over that time have developed a theory that I’ve termed WWW, short for Waste Water and Worms – the three components that seem (to me) to be essential to happy vegetation.

Initially the soil in my garden was in a bad way… very little nutrients, very little worm activity, the whole yard was very neglected. At first I bought bags of fertilizer but this gets both expensive and smelly (not good for neighborly relations). A great book from the eighties by Don Burke provided some pointers, as did others TV gardeners from Better Homes and Gardens and Gardening Australia. Anyway here is the theory (PS this seems to work for me so take the advice or leave it, but I take no responsibility if your plants die. Also please don’t contact me if you don’t agree about something I’ve said here).

Water

Most plants don’t do too well without it, but more importantly some moisture in the ground makes a great place for worms to hang out. Rain tanks and/or grey water recycling is a must with the price of water continuing to climb.

Waste

  • Dog poo buried in random spots about the yard like in garden beds slightly away from existing plants and where you aren’t likely to dig in the near future.
  • Chook poo from the chook tractor (moved around the yard)
  • Sugar cane mulch- about $7 a bail from the local produce store much cheaper than Bunnings/Masters.
  • Grass clippings and fallen leaves- compost gold, throw away at your garden’s peril.

Note: I’ve read in places that dog poo and green grass clippings shouldn’t be used but I haven’t had any problems with these, they are both nutrients and food for micro-organisms. I keep the clippings away from the plants stems/trunks and nothing has died yet.

Worms

Build it and they shall come, the more worms the better. If the soil is moist and there is decomposing plant matter (leaves, sugar cane mulch and lawn clippings) it is only a matter of time before the worms arrive and with them their prized poo that contains all of the good micro organisms that softens the soil and makes plants happy.

That’s it, good luck!