This nature activity teaches children how to build and maintain a worm farm.
- 2 old buckets
- Garden worms
- 1 cup dry-meal dog food
If you like to fish or live near a lake, a worm farm could be a fun hobby!
- To prepare the bucket, make plenty of small drainage holes on the sides and bottoms with a hammer and a thin nail.
- Fill the buckets with rich garden soil, add the dog food, and mix well.
- Sprinkle water on the soil until it is moist but not soggy.
- Now go digging in your yard or compost pile to find twenty-five worms.
- Put them on top of the soil filled buckets and watch them burrow out of sight.
- Stand the bucket on bricks in a pan full of water to keep the ants from eating the worms.
- Start a crop of worms in the second bucket after a month to give you a steady supply.
- Check your worm farm once a week to see if it is still moist. Too much water is worse than too little.
- Every three weeks, dump the top five inches of dirt out and mix it with a half cup of dog food.
- Dump the rest of the dirt out, put the dirt with the dog food in the bottom of the bucket, and pile the rest of the dirt back in.
- This is a good time to check how your farm is growing. You should have hundreds of worms in twelve weeks.