A Wormery is an easy, efficient system of converting ordinary kitchen food waste into liquid feed and rich organic compost through the natural action of worms.
They are wonderful to have in your backyard to help with your garden. Our wormery is small scale, but you can find instructions for larger wormeries here.
To make your own wormery, you will need:
- An empty jar (like a glass mason jar or a plastic mayo jar)
- 1/4 cup of gravel per jar
- leaves and grass clippings
- 1 TBS of water
- and of course, WORMS!
Here is how to assemble your wormery:
Place the gravel in the bottom of the jar and then, alternate with layers of dirt and sand. (about an inch per layer) The last layer of dirt should be 2 – 3 inches to give the worms room to start. After you have made your layers, drizzle the water all over the top layer of dirt. Now, add your worms. I suggest only 3 to 4 worms for this size wormery. Once your worms are in, gently place the leaves and grass on top and then, put on your lid. Please make sure that there are air holes in your lid!
Place your wormery in a cool, dark place. We have ours’ in a cabinet in the basement. You can check on it and make observations every few days. (The wormery in this picture is 1 week old)
You can also add small, compost-able items to your wormery. Things like an apple peel, orange peel, a bit of lettuce stem and watch the worms work!
On the day we made our wormeries, we had Worm School!
We did a few things with our worms before we put them in our wormeries. We looked at all of their parts, we compared them to gummy worms, we observed them in wet and dry situations.
We also read some Fun Worm Facts, which you can download right here!