The children love bugs and we often talk about how useful worms are for the soil and how they help to turn the things we put in the compost bin into soil. In our RHS Wildlife Garden book there’s a page which tells you how to make your own wormery, which the children were very excited to do, and I thought it would be a good way of showing them a bit more about what worms do.
I started off putting some air holes into a bottle (this was the largest suitable container I could find), and putting some sellotape round the top of the bottle where I had cut the neck off, so there were no sharp edges. We added a layer of sand, a layer of moist newspaper strips, some leaves, compost, soil and another layer of sand. Then we dug up some worms to add to the wormery and put them in the bottle. Lastly we added some vegetable scraps as the final layer and sellotaped a lid on (which has some more air holes in). The book then said to put the wormery in a cool dark place for a couple of weeks, so we did this and will be checking it again soon!