I have had this on my list of things to do and finally I was able to get the things I needed to make one up. I have been wanting a way to reduce our household food waste (not that we have much to start with) and also to create something that could be re-used in some way to recycle our waste. The two common things were either compost bin or worm farm. The worm farm won out as a good place to start as it's also something the boys will get some fun out of...being boys and having a fascination with all bugs and creepy crawlies :) I had found a book at the library with an easy worm farm and some tips on what to put in it etc, so we got to it the other day. I am very lucky my friend C's Mum has an established worm farm so I was able to get some worms to start from her. Although I may be going back for some more as I don't think I got quite enough for the size of our worm farm container. I didn't realise how much it costs to buy worms, I found out it would have been about $30 for the smallest amount, so a huge Thankyou to C and her Mum!
|Blocks in the bottom container|
|I got handy with my drill and made some holes in the top container for the worm wee to drain out into the bottom container|
|Homemade worm farm, cost me $12 all up for the two boxes|
|Master 5 did all this paper shredding, then Master 4 decided to join in|
|The base paper fills the box to half way being lightly scrunched|
|Dampening the paper down, you don't want it to wet though!|
|Worm Food. Apparently worms like smaller food so we chopped it up because they obviously don't have teeth!|
|We gave them some crushed up egg shells and some coffee grounds which they love the book said - but it needs to be limited lol...maybe I should take the worm man's advice about limiting the coffee!|
|Paper, then worms, then food, egg shells and coffee..a lovely pile!|
|A little more shredded newspaper, dampened and placed on top to keep them moist and cosy|
|And there you have it, a homemade worm farm|
I can't wait to have it take off and produce our first round of worm tea :) If any one has a worm farm and has tips and tricks to share, I'd love to hear them!