Make an Indoor Wormery
Making an indoor wormery makes a good introduction to worm composting and the role of composting worms in the garden.
2 or 3 plastic 4 litre ice cream containers or small buckets that fit inside each other – one with a lid, a drill, shredded paper, cardboard, vegetable leaves and peelings, soil or compost from a garden compost bin, Spray bottle with clean water
and composting worms (these may be in the compost from the garden compost bin)
Making the wormery
Ideally the containers should stack, rather than nest tightly into each other as the bottom container
will collect excess liquid (worm wee). However, if .they stack three spacers should be put in the bottom container to create a space to collect the worm wee. This can be diluted and added to the gardening.
Use the drill to make holes
in the base of the upper container. The holes should allow the worm wee to drip down into the lower reservoir but not so big for the worms to travel down.
Small hoes should be made in the lid to provide the worms with air but
not so big that the worms can escape.
Mix shredded paper, vegetable leaves, and soil (or compost from a compost bin) to create a few inches of loose bedding.
Use a spray bottle to mist water to moisten
the mix if it starts to dry out to keep the worms hydrated.
Collect worms from a compost bin or heap and add them to the mix in the container and put the lid on.
Most uncooked kitchen scraps can be fed to the worms. Add an equal amount of kitchen scraps as shredded paper or cardboard. dehydrated. Do not add garlic or onion.Do not over feed the worms. When your container of worms is full,
another one complete with holes in the base can be added to create a stacking wormery.
It will take around 6-8 weeks for your compost to turn into vermicompost which can be used to top up your indoor or patio plant pots.