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Last week I feed the worms 14 lbs of organic waste spread out between three bins. Like always, I topped off the food with a layer of leaves and torn up newspaper on top. Then I leave it to be. Maybe I’ll check it once a day for moisture content, recycle the lechate on top, or just poke around and look at the worms.
So there I was,
Poking and a proding.
Mixing up the castings with the worms
seeing them all scattered about digging down.
And next thing you know and I’m harvesting the castings again.
There I was,
Pondering and speculating
On how to do all this more quickly efficient
So the baby worms could live out their golden years
in such a way that they didn’t have to worry about me disturbing them.
Not a chance for that.
But I did take into consideration many things you all have suggested.
I have been a saving up my castings for the past four months and
I estimate that I must have about 7 lbs of worms throughout all my bins.
Including all the five gallon buckets half full of drying castings with worm eggs a hatching in it.
I did look up at the fingernail of a moon before harvesting this time.
So here is the predicament laid out.
Maybe you ‘all can help me find a solution.
Of the three bins operating now I find that the WF360 is the least efficient, yielding only about a quarter bucket of finished castings over a four month period. My main complaint is how dried out it gets. Worms don’t like it dry. Worms like it wet. (check the observations I made on my last Worm Stand UP blog post) so anyways, the worms are migrating out of and the rest of them just like to hang out in the lechate pool. The WF360 is a finicky bin. I think I’ll call it that from now on. Worm Finicky 360. Too much effort to produce minimal castings.
Then I have the the “COW” (Can of Worms.) Great bin three trays.
The only thing I think I would change is drill bigger holes between the trays. And the only drawback is you have to check the casting level on the subsequent trays to allow the worms to move up and down as they please. I’m really satisfied with the fact that it maintains moisture well. Because, as you know, I observed that “Worms like it wet.” The Cow fills a five gallon bucket three quarters up. And the castings are premium, moist, and filled with hordes of worms of all ages.
Now I come to my big bin.
It’s called Barnicle Bin because I made from a 55 gallon drum I found washed up on the beach.
It dumps a little bit of castings every day, Miraculously. Or shall I say “its pretty regular”. Sometimes it dumps bucketfulls. There has got to be a bunch of worms in there digesting all those leaves, newspaper, and rotten food from the fridge. It is a super wet bin and I should add that the worms love it. I have actually seen worms crawling into it moving the whole family over from my finicky bin. I don’t know how they communicate but the word got out that Barnicle Bin has a killer “Wet and Wild” pool. The only drawback is that they all hang out in the pool and so when I harvest the castings it comes heavily laden with several generations of worms having a family reunion down there.
Okay, So the way ahead…
– One Bin Policy –
Feed Barnicle Bin worms only
Scoop dumpings into Cow to drip dry
and then use Finicky as finishing Bin to hatch worm eggs and finish the castings.
All worms including hatchlings are moved back into Barnicle Bin.
-Two Bin Policy-
Take Worm Finicky 360 offline until further notice and continue to feed the other two bins as it was.
Potential for Finicky to be utilized as a finishing bin. But WF360 would be unable to process the capacity alone from the other two bins monthly yields of six to seven gallons.
-Three Bin Policy –
Continue to maintain the “As it Was” Status Quo three bins in a constant competitive state. And finish the castings in five gallon buckets.
What do you’all think?