This series of “worm composting in a raised bed” started with the post Too Many Worms. The worm compost along with the worms had been outside since last summer. The compost that they were in, which started out as not fully composted, was beautiful! I had been removing the worms gradually giving some to a local boy who wanted to raise composting worms and sharing some with a kindergarten teacher for demonstration in her classroom. The rest of the worms went back into my indoor worm bin. The worms did fine in the summer and winter outside with a layer of insulating leaves on top.
Worm Composting in a Raised Bed Created This Wonderful Soil
I finally decided to remove the actual plastic raised bed and use the area as part of my garden. I had read that the compost can protect plants from fungal disease in the soil. So I wanted to try planting a tomato plant in the area where the worm compost raised bed had been to see if it is protected from early blight.
It was easy to lift off the plastic raised bed . I just picked it up and put it into another part of the garden. I am starting over with another outdoor worm composting bed. See update on tree roots growing into raised bed.
Here is a picture of my Brandywine tomato growing with a few green beans around the edge. I will keep you posted as to the success of this tomato and whether it escapes early blight.
Update: This tomato plant did get Early Blight but it kept on growing and producing. The Early Blight didn’t actually kill this plant. And I got some very nice heirloom tomatoes from this plant. The green beans which were bush beans did really great!