A certain truck driver in Asia has discovered the value of good road-hugging (or bridge barrier-hugging, as the case may be) tyres.
But, that’s not the topic of this post. Here, instead, we offer the suggestion of taking well worn tyres not capable of such extreme feats, and putting them to other worthwhile purposes – like feeding your garden with nutrient rich worm casts.
At Zaytuna Farm we use a couple of old bathtubs for this purpose, but if you don’t have a bathtub at your disposal, this simple car tyre system (700kb PDF) looks like a great alternative.
This simple setup is the kind of thing that could be utilised pretty much anywhere. Even in extreme poverty scenarios you can normally find some worn out old tyres and a few bits of wood.
Vermicomposting is an excellent way to turn kitchen and other scraps and cycle them back into nutrient dense food. Scientists still struggle to explain the processes, but the soil that goes into a worm, and that which comes out the other end, is strikingly different and brings multiple benefits to the soil (structure, microbial activity and water retention capacity) and plants (germination, root and plant structure growth and yield). Amongst other things, the worm mucus bound up with the castings help hold nutrients and moisture.
Give it a try!
P.S.: If you have a worm farm, why not write us a short post for publishing so our readers can benefit from your experience and observations and get inspired to do similar. Write to editor (at) permaculturenews.org with some text and pictures.
Hat Tip: Thanks to Ringo for the PDF.