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Make a Mini Worm Farm

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Children love any excuse to dig around in the garden getting dirty and making a mini worm farm provides just that. This is not a worm farm in the sense of harvesting worm juice, rather more for children to observe worm activity.

The first part of this project involves finding the worms themselves and they will have fun giving these wiggly pets a lovely new home. Any plastic container will do - an old soft drink bottle or a take away container is fine, just as long as it is see through. This activity is perfect for indoors, but be sure to return the worms to the garden after a week, when they will be ready for some new dirt to play in.

Container ready to fill with worms

Time: 30 minutes to set up

clear plastic container
coffee grounds
grass clippings
Paper bag

Coffee grounds

Dig around in the earth until you find a handful of worms.
Put a little layer of gravel in the bottom of your container for drainage. Followed by a layer of dirt and a layer of sand. Worms love munching coffee grounds, so put a layer of coffee grounds next.
Now introduce your worms to their new (temporary) home and cover them gently with a layer of dirt, a layer of sand and top it off with some grass clippings.
Make holes in the lid or around the top of your soft drink bottle for air and cover with a paper bag for a week. This is because worms prefer a dark environment. After a week, they will have made tunnels all through their home.
Remove the paper bag and observe any interesting worm activity before returning them carefully to the garden to crawl in the "wild" again. Good luck and happy worm farming.

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