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I have a 20 gal rubbermaid worm bin. ( home made, I might add) and am ready to extract the worm poop. How do I do this without the worms escaping?
Working, so I will be brief... I suggest setting aside the top half of your VC, on the assumption that the majority of your worms will be clustered around your recent feedings. Remove the lower half from the bin, and use the "light separation" technique on that VC. Return the upper half to the bin, along with the worms retrieved from the lower half during light separation. Prep for this process with tarps, trays, etc., and give yourself a good weekend day to do the work, the first time. In time you will be more efficient, and (dare I say it) perhaps less determined to bring every single worm back home. 9_9
Everyone has their own way of doing it, so someone else might chime in with a method you like better. Also, worms don't cooperate and often refuse to behave in a predictable manner, so try to be flexible and adapt to what you see going on there.
The light separation technique has been discussed here a number of times... here is one such discussion.
Hope this helps!
Oh, and here's a video by Bentley on the subject.
I find that sunlight is much stronger than any light I have around my house, so it works better to drive the worms down. Also, the dark castings absorb the heat, also causing the worms to descend.
I do the same -- even if not direct sunlight, indirect daylight is still really bright. Despite that, my worms still only dive just below the surface. My VC is like black clay, very opaque. I guess that's where your heat idea would help.
My worms never hide for the sunlight. I used this a lot of times. But they still stay just below the surface
Welcome aboard, Rachel. Here are some links that might be helpful. Scroll down to "Harvesting" for some ideas: http://vermicomposters.ning.com/forum/topics/vermicomposting-topics...