I became interested in verimcomposting in 2003 and purchased Worms Eat My Garbage: How to setup & maintain a vermicomposting system to research the subject. I started my bin (my first) in May 2004. I'm an apartment dweller so it's nice to be able to compost at home.
After having a pocket fed/batch harvested storage tote bin for years and experimenting with a small top fed/continuous harvest flow through bin I found I prefer to harvest the vermicompost in less frequent large batches rather than continually. The 'top feeding' aspect was still desirable as it's tidier than the 'pocket feeding' (digging required) method used in my storage tote bin.
An inverting type of bin which can be both top fed and batch harvested seemed ideal for me. In this design the bin is inverted (flipped over) for easy harvesting via a removable bottom.
These are my first bins, yes. I have had the flow-through bag for about 5 weeks. I will be keeping the light on for a few days. I will also be checking every few hours for the first 24 hrs, and tomorrow I will feed them some melon rinds to make them happy.
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