They might be little insects, but earth worms make a big difference to our soil by making holes to help water and air reach all its layers. Follow these steps to build your own wormery and get a closer look at these wriggly helpers in action.
a big jar
a scrap of fabric
an elastic band
some paper (optional)
some worms (not optional)
Fill the bottom of your jar with a thin layer of sand, then a thicker layer of soil. Repeat until the jar is three quarters full.
Put a handful of dead leaves on top of the soil. Then gently lower your worms into the jar and leave them to burrow down.
Poke some air holes in the fabric, stretch it over the opening of the jar and hold it in place with an elastic band.
Worms are used to being underground so it’s best to keep your wormery in a cool, dark spot. You can even wrap a sheet of black paper around it to make extra sure it’s dark in there.
Keep the wormery nice and damp with a sprinkle of water here and there, and watch how your worms tunnel, burrow and make themselves at home.
When you’ve finished watching your worms do their thing, release them back into a dark, damp spot that’s out of harm’s way.
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stuff to do this autumn
Autumn is the chilly opposite of spring, so get your sweaters on standby and have a go at some of these hand-picked activities.