Cats and caterpillars were once the only pet critters roaming Ashleigh’s Miramar yard, but now she’s also the proud guardian of a clew of worms.
A keen gardener and environmentally mindful, Ashleigh was only too happy to take part in the trial and says she and her partner are loving the experience.
“It’s so easy! You get the bin and some instructions, put it together and give the worms a little bit of time to get used to their new home – you’ve got to make sure it only gets morning sun and no direct wind or who knows where it could end up.
“I have a weekly reminder in my phone to make sure it is moist and they are fed. We have a container on the bench for all the things they can eat and every couple of days we lift the lid to see how they are getting on.
“Any cuttings from my garden also end up in there. We just have to save a piece of cardboard every so often from the recycling and you're all done. My partner and I love it – we love doing our little bit for the environment where we can.”
Ashleigh says thanks to the worm farm, their rubbish bin isn't nearly as full as it once was, and the worm tea (liquid fertilizer which is collected underneath the farm) has been wonderful for her garden and indoor pots.
“Why pay for your food waste to end up in a landfill when you can buy a one-off set of worms and get the benefits instantly? Our pet worms are providing nutrients for my plants and saving food from going to the landfill. We should all have a worm farm!”