Hi, I’m Mark, and today we’re going to make
a worm farm. They’re a great way to teach kids about the environment and to get them
involved in the garden. We have starter kits here at Bunnings, but today we’re going to
make one from scratch. What you’re going to need is two polystyrene boxes, a polystyrene
lid, a box of a thousand worms which you get from Bunnings, four bricks, and some garden
soil with some food scraps, any newspaper, and the tools you’ll need is a screwdriver
and a watering can and don’t forget the gardening gloves. Let’s get started. So you take with one of
the polystyrene boxes and with mom and dad’s help punch 12 equally-spaced holes into the
bottom of the box. This will allow the worm juice to drain through. The worm juice is
what feeds the garden. Work out where you’re going to put it in the garden. It will need
to be somewhere cool and in the shade because worms don’t like the direct sun. Place down
your polystyrene boxes, one on top of the other. The one with the holes in it goes on
the top. Then take your old newspapers and shred them up with your hands. Mix up your
newspaper, leaves, and compost and fill up the top box. It should be about three-quarters
full. And now, get your watering can and lightly
water the surface until it’s moist. Next, grab your worms and spread them evenly across
your farm. Add your initial food scraps on top, and don’t worry if you don’t have any.
Your worms will stay well-fed with the newspaper for about a week. Then place your polystyrene
lid on the top, or if you don’t have one, a piece of soaked tissue or some carpet will
do well. So now you have your worm farm, and don’t
forget to place them out the bricks in a shaded spot in the garden. And since you’ve been
out in the garden, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly. After ten days or so, lift
off the top box, that’s the one containing the worms, and you should have a nice amount
of juice in the bottom box, and carefully pour that off into a bucket. Dilute the worm
juice until it becomes the color of weak tea. And then transfer it to a watering can and
you can water it all over your garden. So there you go. A great natural source of
organic fertilizer and an excellent way to get the kids involved in the garden, too.