This organic growing technique is truly revolutionary. A vertical garden that grows 50 plants using a 55 gallon barrel and vermiculture, or worm farming. The center tube is filled with your kitchen waste and red wiggler worms. They leave the tube through holes drilled into the pipe. They aerate the soil in the rest of the barrel.
The worm castings, which are botanical gold, drain into a container at the bottom. You recycle this water + castings by watering the barrel with it periodically. So your plants grow faster than in soil, and using only organic methods.
Here’s a brief excerpt on planting seeds from The Medicinal Herb Grower by Richo Cech:
Richo Cech, Author of "The Medicinal Herb Grower"
“The desired finished spacing of the plants depends on many factors.
- Root form is a major consideration. Echinaca purpurea, with its spreading root system, must be planted at least 12 inches apart, while Echinacea angustifolia, with its taprooted habit, may be planted as closely as 4 inches apart.
- Eventual size of the plant is a critical factor–you want to give them elbowroom, but maximize yield.
- Water availability and method of watering is another factor here.
- If dryland farming, space the plants further apart, so they don’t compete for limited water resources
- If relying on drip lines, then space the plants with drip compatibility in mind.”
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