We have created one of our first official frog bogs to introduce inhabitants to new planted areas along the east side of the property. This is for frogs, lizards and insects. Cant wait to see them! You can easily make your own frog bog at home or at school too.
Creating your own worm farm or compost area is a simple project which can be done where ever you live. Composting garden and kitchen waste will result in a reduction the amount of landfill sent away and instead these valuable minerals and nutrients will be put back into your own garden as organic fertiliser.
There are numerous types of boxes and containers that can be purchased to set up composts and worm farms, but using recycled containers, boxes or polystyrene containers can do just as good a job.
When finding the right location for your worm farm you need to remember that you don’t want them to get too hot or get filled with water if it rain.
There are a vast number of different types of worms found in our earth, but the Tiger Worms, Red Wrigglers and Indian Blues are the best worms for composting as they thrive in the rich, warm, moist conditions and can eat up to half their body weight a day. You can get your worms from others who already have a thriving worm farm or purchase them from gardening stores or on line. To start off your farm you will want about 2,000 worms, with the right conditions these will multiply to about 8,000 in ½ a year.
Worms love to eat just about anything, but there are a few rules to follow;
- Cardboard including egg cartons
- Vegetable, fruit peelings and waste
- Hair clippings and vacuum cleaner dust
- Stale biscuits and cakes
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
- Crushed washed egg shells
- Saw dust (non treated wood)
- Soaked cardboard
- Green grass cuttings can be added thinly, too much generates ammonia & excess heat which kills the worms.
Food the worms DON’T LIKE:
- High protein foods (tofu)
- Animal products (fish, seafood, beef, chicken, dairy, egg yolk)
- Large amounts of tomato
- Uncooked onion and garlic
- Uncooked rice and dried food
- Acid fruits like citrus and pineapple
- Dog poo
Every time you add new food, place it in a new location, moving round the box. This way you can see how much of yesterday’s food they have eaten and if you need to give more or less. Remember, don’t feed them too much. Too much food will just rot on the top and become a problem.
Hedgend will be attending the 2012 Toolbox at Melbourne Museum along with many other environmental educators. This will be the fifth year Hedgend Maze will attend. It will be another ripper seminar for school teachers with a high interest in Sustainability in their workplace. We are delighted to let you know, Liz Cooke and Lea Bowen will be this years facilitators for Hedgend’s tutorial in developing Leadership within Sustainability. The girls have been busy creating new and exciting ways to really give you an opportunity to take heaps of simple practical ideas of how and what you can maximise (and energise), a productive team within your whole school to really make a difference! If you have any hurdles you feel your school cannot get over with regard to starting or continuing sustainability programs, drop us a line and maybe this is a focal area the girls can incorporate. They will also have a display, so it’s the perfect opportunity to call over and say hi, share some notes or ideas. If you are interested in being apart of this day go to http://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/our-services/education-and-training/toolbox-for-environmental-change-2012 to register.
Hedgend offers a range of educational experiences for preschool, primary, secondary and adult education.