Has anyone made the worm farm in Outdoor Secrets? I was wondering what the inner container is for. Does dirt go inside the inner container as well as between the jars?
The inner container is to keep all the dirt and worms near the surface of the outer container so you can observe them. You do not need to put dirt in the inner container.
Ok, so just to make sure I am understanding this correctly, the inner container is in the middle of the big container with dirt under and around it but not above it. Do the worms ever fall into the inner glass jar and get stuck there? Just wondering. Is there anything else that you would recommend for the worms to eat? I have heard that you can also use coffee grounds or banana peels. My 6 yr. old daughter really, really enjoys Outdoor Secrets! Thanks so much.Karen SmithModerator
I’m glad your daughter is enjoying Outdoor Secrets!
Yes, the dirt only goes between the jars. Your smaller jar should be nearly as tall as the larger jar. Fill the space between the jars just so the worms have some room to move around and tunnel. It doesn’t have to be filled to the top. If your smaller jar seems to be too short to give enough room for the worms, you can use some other object, such as a clay pot or a drinking glass, really anything that will fill the middle of the larger jar. The idea is to give the worms enough space to move and tunnel, but not too much that they tunnel where you can’t see them. You want to keep them near the sides of the outer jar.
You can feed them vegetable scraps, too. Just make sure to keep the soil moist, but not wet. The dead leaves serve the purpose of providing food for the worms and keeping the soil from drying out.
Thanks so much!alphabetikaParticipant
I have a 6yo dd who loves Outdoor Secrets, too!
I’m kind of lazy about hands-on things sometimes, so instead of making a proper worm farm, we just take frequent peeks into our teeming-with-worms compost bin. 😛LeAnnParticipant
I have the book but haven’t yet incorporated it into our Science (hopefully more next year!), but this sounds really interesting! my daughter loves looking for them in the compost bin, but it would be neat to see them up closer. Best of luck to you, Alicia! I’ll have to try it out next year.
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