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 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)
- Cereal (unsweetened)
- Pasta (plain)
- 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.