How to Teach Kids to Build a Worm Farm ~ How to make a CHEAP worm farm
Worm farming with kids can be an enjoyable and educational activity. Worm farms provide excellent material for plants in the garden because they are full of worm manure, or castings. A worm farm is an opportunity to teach the kids about recycling and taking care of the environment. Worm farms allow us to recycle waste from the kitchen so there is less to go into the landfills. Additionally, when you use the worm castings in your garden, you will be eating healthier because you’re not using commercial fertilizer on your plants and vegetables.
Things You’ll Need
- Large margarine tub
- 1 small bowl
- 1 cup water
- Punch 10 to 12 holes in the margarine tub and 20 to 25 holes in the lid. A sharp object, like an ice pick, is ideal for punching the holes, so make sure an adult completes this step.
- Place the paper strips into the other bowl and pour the cup of water over them. Allow the paper to sit for a minute or two and then squeeze the excess water from the paper strips with your hand.
- Place the wet paper strips and the dirt into the margarine tub.
- Add the eggshells and other small bits of food scraps to the tub and mix together well. Do not add any meat or dairy products to your farm.
- Add the worms to the container and place the lid on the top to prevent them from crawling out.
- Bury food scraps under the paper bedding two or three times each week to feed the worms. Check the bedding when lifting the lid to add food; if bedding is too dry, mist it with a water bottle.
- Be sure to clean the margarine tub thoroughly before starting your worm farm project. Ideal food scraps to add to the container are coffee grounds and filters, tea bags and fruits and vegetables. The worms will digest the food waste faster if it is cut into smaller pieces.
- Do not add onion or garlic scraps to the worm farm because worms dislike this strong smell and will crawl out of the container. The worm farm should be kept out of direct sunlight because the worms are sensitive to light.
After four to eight weeks, add the castings from your worm farm to your garden, keeping the worms to start another farm.
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