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17 August 2017
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If you have taken a stroll through your local community garden and eyed its worm farm with envy, we have the project for you! Get out in the garden with the kids and make your very own. It’s a great way to recycle your food scraps and make your own fertiliser for the garden. Plus, what kid doesn’t like worms?!

What you’ll need:

Two containers and one lid (you can recycle plastic or polystyrene ones for this project)



Pack of 1000 worms (you can buy these from Bunnings)

Food scraps

Four bricks             


Watering can

Skewer or screwdriver


  1. Using the skewer or screwdriver, make six holes about the size of a dollar coin in the bottom of one container.
  2. Rip the newspaper into pieces and use it to line the container.
  3. Add the compost and water it.
  4. Introduce the worms to their new home, along with some food scraps. If you don’t have any saved food scraps, don’t worry too much as worms can live on the newspaper for up to a week.
  5. Put the lid on the container and place it on top of the other empty one.
  6. Place the worm farm on top of the bricks to help the air circulate.
  7. After about a week, lift off the top box and you should see some worm juice collected in the empty box. Mix it with some water in another container until it’s the colour of tea and use it to fertilise your garden.

Remember – leave your worm garden in the shade as worms don’t like being in the direct sunlight. If you’d like some more advice, check out our worm farm activity sheet.

Send us some photos of your worm garden – we’d love to see them!

If this has got your mojo running, see our Tin can plant pot project here.

Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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