How to build a sim­ple worm farm

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YOU WILL NEED:

- Worms! Find them in a com­post heap or ask at your

gar­den cen­tre or lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment cen­tre. - Two match­ing plas­tic bins or large buck­ets with lids

(black is ideal). - A drill with two bits (ap­prox. 6mm and 1.5mm). - News­pa­per, card­board or egg car­tons. - Bricks or blocks of wood the same height. - Soil from the gar­den. 1 With an adult to help, get drilling! Use the larger drill bit to drill lots of holes in the bot­tom of each con­tainer. Use the small drill bit to drill holes in the top of one of the lids. These are air holes so the worms can breathe. Drill more air holes in the walls of each con­tainer, near the top. 2 Make their bed! Tear news­pa­per into strips, dunk it in wa­ter and then squeeze. Spread the damp news­pa­per in the bot­tom of one bin to make a bed about 10cm thick. 3 Now add your worms with some soil or com­post. Next add a few hand­fuls of food scraps to get them started. 4 Cover your worms with damp card­board or news­pa­per and then the lid with air holes. 5 The lid with­out holes is a tray to catch the worm tea. Place this on the ground. Place a cou­ple of bricks or blocks of wood on top of the tray and then sit your empty bin on top. Put two more bricks in­side the empty bin and then the bin with the worms in it on top. Your worms are ready to start eat­ing and breed­ing.

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