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Create your own worm farm

Build your very own worm farm with recycled materials.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

What better way to learn about recycling than watching it happen in your own backyard? Worms are the garden's natural recyclers turning food scraps into rich compost. Making your very own worm farm at home is an easy activity that the kids will love. Here's how to build one using a simple polystyrene vegetable box from the greengrocers.

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What to do

    1. Punch a hole in the in the short side of the polystyrene box with the screwdriver, down near the bottom of the box. Insert the tube (pipe).

    2. Place the box on bricks, preferably slightly tipped so the drainage pipe end is lower than the other end.

    3. Place the small tub under the drainage pipe.

    4. Fill the box to about three-quarter full with a mix of dampened and shredded newspaper or cardboard, mixed with soil.

    5. Add a handful of grit.

    6. Bury some food waste in the bedding.

    7. Add the worms.

    8. Cover the whole worm farm with a thick layer of wet newspaper or a piece of old carpet or hessian.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

kitchengardenfoundation.org.au

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