The other day, my husband helped me to make a video showing how to harvest the castings from my flow through worm bin. The clear advantage of having a flow through worm bin is how incredibly easy the harvesting process is. During this harvest, I got about 13 pounds of beautiful vermicompost, but only found a grand total of eight red wiggler worms and no cocoons. There is no other in-home red wiggler composting system that is so quick and easy to harvest.
Here is the link to the… Continue
Added by Sandy Christenson on January 25, 2013 at 10:06am —
So I harvested my bins, they were all at different stages as shown below
Added by Root Naturally on December 29, 2010 at 10:12am —
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Last year i started adding composted steer manure to my flow through. For a couple reasons. First i didn't have enough food for the worms. And i had found that if the level of casting in a flow through got too shallow the cocoons wouldn't hatch out quickly enough to allow the baby worms to climb out of the… Continue
Added by Eve on July 12, 2010 at 9:40pm —
Back mid September i harvested a 5 gallon tote of compost. I had removed a pound of worms out of the compost over two separate sifting's and was fairly confident that i had gotten most of the worms.... Then let the bin set in a corner over winter, waiting for spring.
Well last night i decided to get out some compost to add into a planting mix, to start some early seedlings. I'm getting ready, as it looks like we are going to have an early spring this year. So i brought out my 5 gallon… Continue
Added by Eve on March 2, 2010 at 2:01pm —
I began my first 18 gal. worm bin three months ago. Sorry I haen't updated sooner, but I have spent many nights lurking on these forums and blogs. My bin has done well. I avoided the two most common beginner mistakes; over-feeding and over-watering. To avoid this I have probably underfed and kept the bin too dry at times. But since starting I have not had a drip of leachate, no wanderers (after the first week), no odors (besides the cabbage I fed them), and I have a three inch layer of… Continue
Added by Bryan Barnes on July 12, 2009 at 8:10pm —
I finished separating the plastic from the last of the compost today and ran the remaining 5 gallons through the separator again. Half of the compost sifted out into the good fine stuff. I was able to add another 2 1/2 gallons of sifted compost to the storage bin.
I picked out the easiest to get worms while picking out the plastic. There was 1 1/2 cups of worms. Most of them were tiny under an inch long. I found lots under a quarter… Continue
Added by Eve on April 10, 2009 at 6:30pm —
I started separating the compost from my early harvest last week. In an effort to make the work easier I built one of those bucket strainers tonight. It was surprising easy. And i had all the parts i needed on hand.
The bin in the photo was the original compost bin i started with, half of a double bin setup. It is now starting its third life as part of the sifter. The other bin of the set is now my compost holding bin.
All i had to do… Continue
Added by Eve on April 7, 2009 at 11:05pm —
I hadn't planned on harvesting tonight. But i noticed that the bars i used to hold the bag up on my bin were bending dangerously. The bag was very heavy and sinking down so low i was afraid that i wouldn't be able to harvest if it went any lower.
So after supper i harvested my bin. I took pictures. They are worth a thousand words.
I was worried that everything would fall out when i started taking compost out. But i had to work at it a little. The compost was very packed in the… Continue
Added by Eve on April 5, 2009 at 12:15am —
Actually I went and picked them up as they were being harvested. One of the things I wanted to ask the worm farm is what they do to manage their worms in the winter time around here. Well, that was answered when I got directions to the farm. It is in an underground cave, one of the industrial sites where they've mined the limestone.
When I got back I put them in their new in their new home. It didn't take much time before they started diving below the surface. They were fun to watch.… Continue
Added by Vince Thompson on August 19, 2008 at 11:41am —
I ordered worms today, the company said they will be harvested in a week or so. I know the experts suggest setting up the worm habitat several days in advance to getting the worms but I wanted them now. Meanwhile I'm waiting. That's probably a good thing, it will give me time to clean up the swamp I created in their plastic tub last night. While learning everything I need to know on the Internet, I missed the step that said to soak the paper and cardboard "then wring the water out before… Continue
Added by Vince Thompson on August 16, 2008 at 12:27am —