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End of the ordeal, last bit shows the haul
my tv prog is over now will post the first bit.....doh! Only for real diehard enthusiasts wanting to look at magnificent vermicompost.... or people getting bored watching paint dry :)
That was evil work, nearly an hour in less than 6 inches of compost bent over like that, and I have very good abs...worked some back muscles not used in a while I think.
Why not build a sifter with wood and 1/8" hardware cloth. The separating would have taken you five minutes. ;-)
I would of build a sifter with 1x2 wood and 1/8" hardware cloth built it to fit the size you need for the bins. Plus whats with the rubber gloves?
My thoughts entirely Frank, I did not respond to the post because he has only been here for a week and that system would not work.
why I wear gloves is well known to the vermicomposting community
How is that evil twin of yours? LOL
You're right about the sifter Larry. I made a smaller one to try and it didn't work for me, not with the 1/4 or 1/8 screen. worms got through the 1/4 and with the 1/8 I end up with lots of pelleted poop. Maybe the VC being too damp for the screen. So back to the dump and pile and sort but I used a chair to sit on to ease my back, lol.
Sue, you definitely need to dry out the VC a little before sending it through a sifter. The drying out also means there are few worms to worry about. 1/4" is fine if you don't mind chunky VC. 1/8" is beautiful, better-than-commercial-grade VC. It's the stuff I give to friends and family with the instructions: "Use sparingly; a little goes a long way."
Thx Andrew. I now don't sift the VC anymore, even for selling. They don't mind. And I thought that the damper (not wetter) VC will hold more MO than the drier.
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