Why not build a worm farm to take care of your kitchen waste? Here’s a quick and easy farm you can make from bits and pieces you’ll find lying around your place.
All you need are two large foam boxes – the kind you see at your local fruit and veg shop – a screw driver and a short bit of hosing. And don’t forget the worms! (Go for Red, Blue or Tiger Worms – your common Aussie garden variety isn’t suitable). You can purchase your creepy crawlies from your local nursery – expect to need around 1000 for this farm. Make some small holes in the bottom of the first box to allow any liquid to escape into your second box (the collection area).
Now for a bit of plumbing! You’re going to need to build a tap in the second box so you can get to the precious liquid that has drained down from the top box. This is where you use the hosing – make a hole that’s just big enough to fit the hosing and fit it in tightly so that no liquid will escape.
Just one more thing, place a brick or an upturned ice cream container in the centre of the bottom box – this will save your worms from drowning should they fall down into the liquid.
You’ve completed the building – now for the furnishings. You can buy worm castings from a hardware store, but worms are just as happy making their home in a bed of peat moss.
Once the bedding is ready add it into the top box to about a depth of 10cm. One final tip – try to avoid putting your farm directly onto the ground as this will prolong the life of the bottom box.
You now have a functioning worm farm. And not only are you doing your bit for the environment by saving precious landfill space, you’ve also got an endless supply of nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Sensational!