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Worms not so challenging

Mia worm farm food scraps

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By Mia Vissenjoux, G guest blogger

My wonderful wriggly worms have had two weeks to settle into their new home and they seem to be enjoying it! Who wouldn’t really? They live in a café for worms!

My kitchen now has a bowl sitting in the kitchen where my family put all of their food scraps (the ones that the worms can actually eat)! It has proven a challenge to get my dad to remember not to put onions in there – I’m still working on it! At the end of the week I’m actually disturbed at how much food is in the bowl. It just doesn’t seem possible that we used to throw all that away! The only thing is remembering to go and give the worms the scraps…..

In the food scrap bowl, sometimes it seems like we don’t have much variety for the worms. For example, in my family we drink a lot of tea – and I mean a lot of tea! Therefore we can sometimes end up with an overload of teabags. The worms don’t seem to mind though as long as they’re mixed in with some nice fruit and vegetable scraps and egg shells. Sometimes I just wait a couple of days until the scrap bowl has a more varied collection of scraps before I feed the worms.

For my worms to stay happy I have to flush them with water and collect the worm tea about once a week. Every time I take off the lid I still am surprised by how much the worms have eaten! You can see a few of the worms wriggling around at the top, but there are thousands of worms underneath the soil! I have to keep them moist and whenever I lift up the mat that goes under the lid the worms cling to it! It really is quite funny when they somehow manage to hang on to the mat and still wriggle around with the rest of their bodies!

The worm tea looks a bit revolting, but my mum says the garden loves it. The seedlings and vegetables are thriving! I can’t wait to see what my Tumbleweed worm café will be like in a few more weeks!

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.