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I finished cleaning out my outside worm bin today. I'm moving it inside to my garage, since I have a lot better luck that way.

Some will remember that I buried a mixing tub in the ground and added 3 lbs of worms. They composted about 75 lbs of rabbit manure and a whole bunch of newsprint, coir (when the bin got too wet), and probably close to 150+ lbs of vegetables, coffee grounds, etc. I really don't know the total weight of the inputs, but it was a lot. I removed two 5 gallon buckets packed full the rim of worm castings.

As a few predicted when I posted the pictures last spring, it was less than a perfect worm bin. My biggest error was using leftover wood scraps and making the lid out of two pieces. I should have purchased a new sheet of plywood. That way the worms would have been protected from the afternoon thunderstorms and all-day rains that we so often receive here in Florida.

My second biggest error was not having drainage holes in the bottom. That's not a problem when it's not rainy season, but it does rain a lot. I think a better lid would have lessened the issue.

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Comment by Susan B on November 7, 2010 at 6:38pm
What is your new inside bin going to look like?
Comment by jean kruse on November 7, 2010 at 7:13pm
So how are you going to set things up in your garage?
Comment by bpearcy10 on November 8, 2010 at 4:15pm
Susan,

I am still working on that one, but I would like to use the utility mixing tub. Larry's reporting great success with them.

Jean,

I still need to park the car in there so I need it to be vertical. I am thinking shelving. I will work on it more this coming weekend. I think I can conceivably use 6 of the open mixing tubs if I use proper shelving.

Right now I have about 13 smaller bins including 7 five gallon buckets.
Comment by bpearcy10 on November 8, 2010 at 6:27pm
Steamy,

Yes. After publishing 6 or 7 websites for many years I've found it's best.
Comment by Andrew from California on November 8, 2010 at 6:39pm
Brian, what I considered is something similar to the rack pictured here behind Richard. You might not even need shelving under the mixing tubs if the lip is strong enough. I also would insulate the entire unit with foam insulation board. A string of Christmas lights wound above each tray should discourage most worms from leaving the bedding. If you use the old fashioned bulbs, the lights would also provide some heat.
Comment by jean kruse on November 8, 2010 at 6:56pm
bpearcy, I also use the mixing tubs or mortar trays as they are known here and think they are great- I don't cover except with the top layer of bedding and heat them with rope lites -they are in my laundry rm which stays in the upper 50's during winter months.
Comment by Len on November 9, 2010 at 6:19am
Larry, Brian, and Andrew, you may or not have seen this video on You Tube about the Morgan family of Sears, MI. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U27Aizi64Wg (hope that link works, or you'll just have to search) anyway at about 1min 30sec they show some metal racks which hold mixing tubs which, I think, is just what you all are talking about. These things look like the racks which kitchen trays are stacked on, (from my days as a busboy) Paula may be able to add some knowledge here. seems like these racks would be an easy build with 2x4, 2x2x and maybe some 1x6 for bracing. add removable foam sides as Larry suggested and some rope/chiristmas lights to add warmth/prevent escaping and it sounds like a buisiness.
Comment by bpearcy10 on November 9, 2010 at 10:04am
Len,

I love that video. I have watched it many times in my 12 month quest.
Comment by Andrew from California on November 9, 2010 at 10:36am
Len, that's it!
Comment by Susan B on November 9, 2010 at 5:10pm
A tall thin flow through would provide lots more actual worm/VC mass than a tower of the tubs like Larry's 'wall of flame.' You'd still get lots of air circulation because of the air rising. Also, when temps fall, the outer parts get cold first and the worms go in to the middle. There's not much 'middle' space in those tubs. The VC itself is great insulation. Just my 2 cents.

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