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Earthworms are fantastic for gardens because they aerate the soil and their castings improve soil fertility, water holding ability, and drainage. ...
Find or purchase wood. I found four, 1"x5" pieces of 2' long lumber around my house - three cedar, and one Douglas Fir. Any kind of wood should be f...
Drill 1" holes within 6" of the end of each board. These openings will allow the worms to come and go - eating kitchen scraps in the cafe and then tr...
Fasten the boards together with screws – long sides together. I used 4 screws per side.
Choose a place in your garden to place the "Cafe”. It would be best if there is not landscape fabric or anything else which will prevent the worms f...
Dig out the soil to a depth of 6” and a little larger than the box is wide.
Place the box into the hole with the end with the holes facing down
Fill the hole outside the box with soil, making sure to save any earthworms you find so you can add them later.Fill the hole outside the box with soil...
Add about 2 cups of damp coir (coconut fiber), shredded paper, finished compost, or peat moss into the box
Put the saved earthworms into the box. If you find a few more earthworms around your yard you can add them also. Add some kitchen scraps (vegetable o...
Put a board or decorative cover over the top of the box to keep out rain and flies. A post cap could be used for a more decorative look.
I also made one out of a cardboard box for another bed in my garden. It may not last long but I thought I would try it anyway.
Kitchen scraps can be added on a regular basis. Check and see how fast the earthworms are consuming the scraps to get an idea of how much you can ad...
Update on my Worm Cafe. I checked it June 9 and it looked like finished compost. In addition to the fruit and vegetable peelings I added on the day I ...
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