Growing worms and a Carolina Reaper plant in the same bin!

by Stephan
(Cape town and Radevormwald)

Carolina Reaper fruit changing color

Carolina Reaper fruit changing color

Carolina Reaper fruit changing color
Kitchen waste in Carolina Reaper pot
kitchen waste covered with egg carton in Carolina reaper pot
Carolina Reaper plant 15.05.2017

Growing Worms and the Hottest Chilies in the world (Carolina Reaper) together in one Bin! (Part 1)


This was the first Carolina Reaper fruit pod of many that ripened on my Carolina Reaper plant which I grew from a seed in an 40 liter / 10.5 gallon barrel. I love hot chilies but an additional fun part of the project is that I grow compost worms in the same container. The worms feed on kitchen scraps and composted garden waste which I add to the surface of the pot and cover with old egg cartons and some flat stones or pebbles to keep the nosy thrushes out. It works perfectly as a worm farm and a growing pot for my chili plant. The worms recycle the organic waste and convert it into worm castings which act as a natural fertilizer and soil conditioner for the plant. In addition the worms aerate the soil and make it easier for water to penetrate it and for the plant roots to grow. The plant is now 8 month old and has a height of 90 cm / 3 feet and a diameter of 1.2 meters / 4 feet and it is still growing. It took about 7 month before the chili plant start to produce fruit but it has now at least 50 fruit pods and probably 100 flowers. I add fresh waste / worm food to the surface of the plant every 6 to 8 weeks at the moment. I will keep you posted on the Carolina reaper worm bin project and hope some of you will start recycling organic waste in your plant pots as well! There is no reason why this beneficial method shouldn't work with many other plants. Enjoy your garden and happy worming :-)

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