We have constructed our Worm Farm. We had a wonderful time listening to why Worm Farms are beneficial to our gardens (as a fertiliser) as well as the decomposition of our snack scraps.
It is early in the year and we are already thinking forward towards how we would like our Prep garden to look. We have been collecting pots and will plant seeds, bulbs and small plants to contribute to our special place. We will then use our organic fertiliser (worm wee) to nurture and nourish our plants.
Worm farming allows us to recycle our food scraps and significantly reduce the amount of organic waste we send to landfill as part of our everyday rubbish. By reducing organic waste to landfill we can reduce the potential for landfills to create liquid ‘leachate’ which can pollute our streams, oceans and underground water, as well as reducing the production of methane gas. A worm farm produces vermicast, a soil-like material, and a ‘juice’ (our wee-tea) both of which are nutrient rich and ideal natural fertilisers to improve the health of the plants in your garden.
Establishing and maintaining a worm farm is great fun, and an excellent way to educate children about our natural world, while touching on a myriad of topics including maths, spelling, art, biology and soil chemistry. In addition, managing a worm farm provides children with a sense of responsibility both for their own actions and the world we live in.
We love taking our learning outside! Not only will we enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow, we will learn how to create an ecological balance within our community. All our food scraps will decompose in our worm farm, we will use the fertiliser to help our plants grow and then we hope to make use of the plants we grow by consuming them.