How To Set Up A Worm Farm

In this DIY video, we show you how to set up a worm farm to turn kitchen scraps into fertiliser for the garden

In this video, we’ll show you how to set up a worm farm so you can recycle kitchen scraps to make fertiliser for your garden.

We're using the Tumbleweed Worm Cafe, which is easy to set up, simple to use and comes with everything you need to get started. Find out more about the Worm Cafe

First, unpack the worm farm. Make sure you keep the cardboard packaging as you’ll need it later. Take out the legs, bedding block and instructions, and keep these handy.

Attach the legs by inserting them into to the base of the collector tray. Flip over the worm farm, then screw on the tap. Insert one working tray, and save the others for later.

Hydrate the bedding block by placing it in a bucket of water for 15 minutes. Fold the cardboard packaging and put it in the working tray, then spread the bedding on top. Don’t worry, the worms will eventually eat the cardboard.

Add the worms and spread them gently. Don’t feed them yet, as they’ll need time to settle in.

Finally, cover them with a hessian blanket to retain moisture.

After a week, lift the blanket and spread a handful of kitchen scraps over the worms each day. Extract the liquid using the tap, dilute it with water 10 parts water and use it on the garden.

For more tips on worm farms, check out the latest issue of Handyman magazine

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