Make Your Own Worm Tower

A fun project that will give you a happy garden and less waste

.If you feel bad about the waste but don’t want a big messy compost bin, the worm tower is for you. It is relatively cheap and easy to make. We have happy worms in our veggie garden and a lot less food waste going in the rubbish bin.

I have always wanted to compost, but was put off by the mess and smell (shallow I know). When my friend came to visit she suggested a worm tube, so that we could decrease waste and put the scraps to good use.

What you need to make your worm tower.

About 50cm of PVC pipe. We bought a 1 m length from Bunnings and cut it in half to make two worm tubes.

A drill.

A garden bed where you can dig down about 30cm

A handful of straw or dry grass

A piece of damp newspaper

Worms! I did a quick search online and found a local fellow who has a home business specializing in worms for worm farms, which was just perfect for our project.

Time to get started

We bought a 1 metre length of PVC pipe wide enough to fit your hand down with a bit of room to move. This was easily sawn in half with a normal saw.

Next, drill holes about 5 cm apart

Next drill some holes like you see in the picture above, about 5cm apart and big enough for your little friends to fit through.

Dig a hole so your worm tube can be buried into the ground, about 30cm going under the soil and 20 cm sticking up above.

Add a handful of straw or dry grass to the bottom of your tube

Place in your worms in some dirt (that’s how ours came). You need about 50 or so.

Take a large sheet of newspaper and wet it, then fold it to fit over your little friends.

Make your worms a smoothie! Take some yucky fruit or kitchen scraps and blend, just to give the worms a great start.

Cover with a terracotta pot, or plastic pot with a weight on top and leave them to get comfy.

What happens next?

Give your worms a few days on their own to get settled. When they have eaten most of the food it’s time to add more. Worms are a bit like kids and can be fussy! To keep them as happy as possible they particularly like

  • Fruit peel (not citrus)
  • Carrot
  • Teabags
  • Bread
  • Cereal (unsweetened)
  • Pasta (plain)
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkin
  • coffee grounds

Anything that is a bit mushy or pre squashed is going to be easier for them to eat.

Continue to add food about a handful at a time once most of the food has been consumed. Time between feeding will vary.

How the worm tube looks in the garden bed.
How the worm tube looks covered. We used a bucket at first.

Happy composting!

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