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We made a worm farm

By Kelli Pike

Worm farms are wonderful.

1. Because you can divert food waste from landfill (30% of our landfill is made up of food waste, so if we all make a small reduction to this we can have reduced environmental impact).
2. Because the worms will reward you by providing free fertiliser for you. Soil health is important - and starts at home.

While The Environment Centre sells a few different worm farm set ups in the shop, we wanted to give the DIY option a go. Here's how we did it…

Step 1. We drilled holes in a bucket.

Step 1.  We drilled holes in a bucket.

Step 2. Put the bucket in the garden.

Step 2.  Put the bucket in the garden.
Step 3. Put bedding, *yes bedding* in the bucket. We used torn up paper/cardboard but I do sell coir blocks in the shop if you want to be fancy (about $3 a block). We tipped in some coffee grounds and scraps and put our "makeshift" lid on top. We'll get around to getting a proper lid at some point – we're just focussed on it being dark in there – and also no vermin getting in.
Step 4: Put your worm family in their new home. We flicked in a few worms from around our garden, but to speed up the process we bought some worms from the Western Community Centre… (it's $15 for an icecream container).
Step 5. We wait. One day, the worms will be like a machine… eating our food scraps to keep them from landfill, and with the added bonus of fertilising our garden directly. The beauty of this particular in-ground set up is that it will help the area directly around the worm farm (which is smack bang in the middle of our vege garden).

Did you know about 30% of the food produced in the world is sent to waste?

Did you know that matter, biodegradable or not, which is buried in a black plastic bag does not have the conditions to break down. It will never go anywhere.

Did you know worms create a by-product (pee/poo) which is rich nutrients that help garden plants grow and stay healthy?

Did you know worms create tunnels, which help get air and water to your plants.