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Hello All, I'm wanting to start a worm bin and not sure how to go about it. Size or space is not a problem and I'm in Texas so it's not to cold (most of the time), but does get hot in summer. I think the flow through bins are interesting but I can't figure out what holds every thing in. Seems like stuff would just fall through the bars in the bottom.


Posted on October 14, 2014 at 8:55pm — 2 Comments

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At 8:47pm on October 16, 2014, Steve Bichlmeier said…

Hi Earl, welcome to  There is a lot of information on this site and quite a few different vermicomposting methods and systems being used.  Regarding the flow through bins, there are some vermicomposters that use layers of newspaper or cardboard to bridge the gaps across the bars.  Some will also have a hinged bottom that will open like bomb bay doors beneath the bars or a hinged bottom floor that will fold away and expose the bars.  Once the material gets heavy enough and the paper decomposes enough there can be instances of self harvest for those exposed bar systems.   As the material becomes broken down it will also settle in place so it actually becomes somewhat firm from one side of the bin to the other.  You do want to make things so it will hold up for a period of time initially, but also so you can break through that barrier without too much trouble when it does comes time to harvest.  I am using an indoor system called the Mega-Inn that gives the same advantages of the flow through, only I will just loosen the drawstring to open up the bottom of my inn.  I used additional twine to reinforce the drawstring bottom because I don't want a "self harvesting moment" and have wall-to-wall worms.

At 8:53pm on October 17, 2014, Earl Patton said…

Thanks for the comeback Steve, that clears up a few things. I like the Bombay Doors, LOL But a hinged screen door on the bottom does sound like a good idea. I'm with you I'd hate to have a self harvesting event and possibly loose the worms too.

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