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Merry Christmas to me! I was going to start a third Rubbermaid Roughneck bin, when DH suggested just going to a large modified trashcan-style flow through. I haven't been really thrilled with the Roughnecks- excess moisture has been a real problem. One field trip to Lowe's and an hour and a half of work later, and we have ourselves a new bin!

That's the bin with the holes drilled.

There's an inside picture of two poles inserted. I used 1/2" PVC tubing. The Lowe's I went to doesn't have much in the way of gardening supplies in, and my only other option was steel, which was significantly more expensive and would rust. The PVC is rated for use in plumbing applications, so I'm not worried about chemicals leaching into the VC, and it's not being used in a garden anyway.

There's the finished bin. I have air holes drilled near the top, but I may leave the lid off or just covered with a sheet, like I did with the Roughneck totes. It'll depend on what happens with the moisture levels in the bin. I dumped the contents of one of the Roughneck totes into the large bin. I'm keeping the other one functioning as a back-up bin, just in case. We'll see what happens!

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Comment by Eve on December 30, 2009 at 12:10am
Congratulations on the upgrade.
You should see a major difference between the bins within just a couple days.
Comment by Andrew from California on December 30, 2009 at 9:55am
That's a great Christmas gift! DH did a nice job. The alternatives to PVC would have been conduit & garden stakes, but your setup should work fine. Keep us posted on how it goes.
Comment by Kristie on January 3, 2010 at 8:08pm
How cool -- I can't wait to hear how this turns out for you!
Comment by Iker on February 26, 2010 at 7:19pm
How is this FT doing so far? How many worms did you start with? It looks really nice by the way
Comment by Lisa Cota on February 27, 2010 at 7:08pm
Started with less than a pound of worms (had a near mass extinction in an old bin). Got an additional pound from Bentley, so I should have well over two pounds in there by now. It's doing great. I feed it two or three times a week, a large Folger's tub of food / bedding mix, plus top off additional bedding once a week. I can't believe the volume of stuff it's handling. It tends to run on the dry side, which is a welcome change from the Roughneck totes.Hopefully I'll be able to get my first harvest out of it in May or so.
Comment by Iker on February 28, 2010 at 3:09pm
Well it sure sounds everything is going in the right direction, congratulations! I started mine about a month ago, with a pound of worms give or take, and I think it's processing kind of slow, maybe a pound a week. It is on the dry side too, and that's a nice change, but do you have any other advice for the FT?
Comment by Lisa Cota on February 28, 2010 at 8:02pm
Give it time; that's about it. I've still got a Roughneck operating as a backup just in case something goes catastrophically wrong with the FT. What's the temperature like in your bin? If it's low, it'll process slowly.
Comment by Iker on March 1, 2010 at 3:57pm
It's around 20 to 23°C. The worms I got came in manure, and they were fed on manure only, but I would think a month is plenty of time to get used to kitchen scraps, isn't it?
Comment by Richard Hossman on March 1, 2010 at 5:24pm
As far as manure goes. I think that is the steak of worm food and now they may feel like they are getting hamburger. I find that when I start a new bin with kitchen scraps and pull them out of the manure pile it does take about 2 months for them to start cranking up.
Comment by Iker on March 4, 2010 at 9:50pm
Oh, then I guess I'll have to wait a bit more... I'm really getting impatient!
Thank you so much for your guidance!


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