Worms are really important garden mini beasts. Scientists believe that life on earth would not be possible without them because they make the soil so good for growing things. And they’re really cool to watch. So why not create your own womery?

What you will need:

  • a large, clean glass jar
  • moist soil
  • sand
  • earthworms
  • old leaves
  • vegetable peelings, tea leaves, overripe grapes
  • some black paper and a cool, dark cupboard.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Wash your jar carefully and put a layer of sand at the bottom (about 1cm deep will be enough)
  2. Add a thick layer of soil, then add another thin layer of sand, then another thick layer of soil. Leave about 5cm (2in) of space at the top
  3. Now go and find some worms! Worms really like dark, moist places so look under things in your garden or perhaps try digging a little hole. Have a good look at them before you put them in your jar. Can you tell which end is which? How? Can you see the hairs on the worm’s skin?
  4. Put the worms in the jar, then add some old leaves, vegetable peelings, tea leaves and overripe fruit if you have any
  5. Put the lid on. You’ll need to ask an adult to drill some holes in it so that your worms can breathe
  6. Wrap the jar in black paper and put it in a cool, dark place (not in the fridge). Leave it for a couple of weeks and then check out what the worms are doing!

Recycled gardening

There are loads of things you can use to make your own mini garden. Why not recycle some used egg boxes, yoghurt pots or plastic fruit containers?

You can grow all kinds of seeds in these containers. Why not try planting beans (not baked beans though!) or sunflower seeds? We’re also giving away free cress seeds here!

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