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1.19.2011 Update

 

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Comment by Jason Kalka on December 4, 2010 at 4:04pm
I wonder if there is too much space between the bottom "bars"
Comment by Susan B on December 5, 2010 at 2:24pm
I just wrote a long post about the problems you were going to have because of the bar space. I think Jason and I both thought this was a 55 gallon system. I thought you'd put it on your porch. I later saw the '5 gallon' part and looked again. Those are buckets. Now I look at the photos and it's obvious

My suggestion to anyone else having problems with self harvesting is to put some disposable wooden chopsticks vertically across the bars. If they're in the way later, you can easily break them in half to take them apart and also they'll eventually decompose. You can also add them later if you have problems.

Your system looks great. You can use both FT and stacking and have advantages of both when harvesting.
Comment by Sue on December 9, 2010 at 11:20pm

Hi Ben,
are those bars/grid the original bottom of the bucket that you cut out? If they are, I hope they can support the weight of the VC once the bucket fills up. Is the system intended for more buckets to be stacked (stackable system)?

 

Susan: if I remember correctly, you commented on Larry D's FT re. self harvesting as a result of using the weed eater nylon string. I have converted a bucket into a FT using straps for grid. I also used metal washers, hoping it will not rip the drilled holes.

http://vermicomposters.ning.com/photo/albums/experiment-1

Comment by Susan B on December 9, 2010 at 11:50pm

Sue, your bucket looks really good.  I had some self harvesting problems for about a week after harvesting, but everything has settled down.  Even if you do have some problems, it's not really bad.  A previous time I had self harvesting problems, I put one hand in the top over the problem area to hold things in place, and then took several big handfuls of the harvested VC and sort of mushed them in the bottom.  I'm sure the material wasn't as loose as the worms would like it, but it stayed.  Yours and my systems are small enough that you can put the bin on a table and do that.  I'm not sure it would work for Larry's size system.  Also, if I have problems in the future, I'm going to put a wooden chopstick perpendicular to and on top of the wires to help out.

Comment by Sue on December 10, 2010 at 12:01am

Susan, using the chopstick is a good idea because it can be added/removed easily. I have to remember that trick.

Comment by Root Naturally on December 10, 2010 at 6:27am

I am about to make a second version of this 5 gallon flow through. I would like to carve out the bottom of the bucket like I did on this one. Any suggestions on how wide of gaps to leave between the remaining plastic strips? I was thinking 3/2 inch between 1/2 inch bars?

Comment by Jason Kalka on January 19, 2011 at 4:22pm
How is this working for you?  I'd like to hear an update!
Comment by Root Naturally on January 19, 2011 at 4:31pm
This bin is doing well. After harvesting about a month ago the newspaper sitting above the grates is still holding strong. I just toss tea in whenever the levels drop a few inches.

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