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Mia's worm challenge


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By Mia Vissenjoux, G guest blogger

Coming home and finding brown paper packages addressed to you is just the perfect end to the day, isn’t it? When I first got my worm café, I was so excited! I’d used worm farms at school, but we’d never had one at home. It had always been the one thing that I didn’t do at home to reduce my waste. Bucket in the shower – yes, collecting rain water – yes, worm farm – not quite yet. The moment was finally here. I could finally start recycling my food scraps and reduce my waste!

Setting up the Tumbleweed Worm Café was like building a luxurious apartment made from recycled plastic for worms. I think it’s awesome that the Worm Café is made out of recycled plastic. And it’s so easy to put together.

When I first opened up the boxes with the worms in it, I was really surprised. Where were the worms? I thought it was just going to be a box with lots and lots of worms on top of each other. Turns out worms need to travel in soil. Who knew? And when you hold worms in your hand, it feels so… icky! They squirm and wriggle and crawl all over the place.

Making the bedding for the worms is really a very weird experience. I was given a worm bedding block and I had to break it up in my hands in about 7 litres of water. The worm farm bedding block is comfort food for the worms while they settle in to their new environment. Doesn’t look very appetising to me! The colour that the water turned is definitely not the colour I’ll be painting my room!

I put my Worm Café just outside the front door, where it avoids the afternoon sun… and where it’s safe from my absolutely crazy puppy.

Now all I have to do is let my worms get settled into their luxurious new home before I start feeding them. I can’t wait until I get to use the worm tea on my garden!

Mia Vissenjoux is just 12 years old, and the Chair of Keep Australia Beautiful's The LITTLE Committee, a team of Australian kids under fifteen who are anti-litter experts, taking charge because research says that adults litter and kids don't.