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Our Worm Farm

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Hi,

Over the weekend, I emptied out our worm farm and harvested a substantial quantity of castings.

I'd been using an old garden bin (that I wanted to use elsewhere) so we assembled the worm farm that you see in the photo.

It has a 50mm layer of the old castings and a heap of the worms that were in it.......and it's now ready for service again.

I've kept some worms, and some of the castings, for use in a series of smaller worm bins......as feedstock for our emerging compost tea system.

Gary

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time for me to harvest castings again also Gary.... I probably have around 10-12 gallons waiting..( 2 ) 18 gal rubbermaid totes aprox 1/2 full each. I usually put the compost into 1 gallon icecream tubs until ready to use it...invariably I get a few more worms to harvest prior to distribution. (friends,family or my outdoor garden) I cobbled together a tumbler with a rotisserie from my grill and some chicken wire....( 1/4 ") squares.... gets most of the castings , leaves some eggs and worms... but I dont mind.... and dumps anything unfinnished out the end.....

side note.... utilizing just one handfull of compost from the worms dumped right into the water.... I grew some basil almost 3.5 foot tall this summer in a 2 gallon dwc bubbler on a window ledge... all I ever added was some water.

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Hi weldnfab,

time for me to harvest castings again also Gary.... I probably have around 10-12 gallons waiting..( 2 ) 18 gal rubbermaid totes aprox 1/2 full each. I usually put the compost into 1 gallon icecream tubs until ready to use it...invariably I get a few more worms to harvest prior to distribution. (friends,family or my outdoor garden)

Aside from the larger worm farm pictured in an earlier post, I've set up three tubs in my shed......just to deal with the gunk that comes out of my filters......and the dozens of egg cartons that come my way from work colleagues.

I cobbled together a tumbler with a rotisserie from my grill and some chicken wire....( 1/4 ") squares.... gets most of the castings , leaves some eggs and worms... but I dont mind.... and dumps anything unfinnished out the end.....

Got any photos of this arrangement? I'd like to make something like that. I use bright light to separate worms and castings but it still takes plenty of time.

side note.... utilizing just one handfull of compost from the worms dumped right into the water.... I grew some basil almost 3.5 foot tall this summer in a 2 gallon dwc bubbler on a window ledge... all I ever added was some water.

The DWC bubbler system is not widely known to most aquaponicists......it's under-rated in my view.

Gary

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Hi,

I've been recycling egg cartons through the worm farms.....and the worms love them. I just place them on the surface of the castings and every time I lift one of the cartons up, the space beneath it is teaming with worms.

Gary

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my beds are started with shredded corrugated cardboard and news print, presoaked.... I usually give them garden trimmings or kitchen scraps... about every 3-4 months I can harvest and have almost pure castings..... they love cantelope rinds possibly the best.....? have considereed going to european red worms?...they are a bigger size for fishing, we have red wigglers now, but their size is usually kinda small for my fat thumbs and little hooks:) ...

I am working on getting those pics now of my homemade harvester.... ( if I can get my wife off the phone...pics are on her camera... lol)

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pics are saving in comp now... got 1300 that are loading from camera... might be a minute...lol

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It is built on a slight slope...input end is higher than output maybe 2 inches different?...screen is 1/4 inch hardware cloth 36 inches long... red scoop is for loading rough debris/castings... castings fall out onto plastic .. small stearite tub collects uncomposted debris and worms... motor is 8 rpm? rotisserie from gas grill...

system is limited to weight... if you dump too much into it at once it will not rotate properly.. howeveer I can harvest around 20 gallons of compost in maybe 25-30 mins...? never timed it...just a guess... might be faster? a few worms get thru the screen... but it is fairly good... looks very rich and clean castings when completed... plywood walls are just to keep background clutter out of pic...

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Hi,

That's a lovely little unit......just perfect for the volume of castings that we'd be likely to produce in the short to medium term. Thank you for the photos.

I've heard about worm breeders who specialise in breeding large quantities of breeding worms (using incubators for continuous production) where the focus is on egg capsule production. It seems that these people can generate large numbers of such capsules......to the point where some of them actually specialise in the sale of the capsules - rather than the live worms.

Anybody had experience of such a process?

Gary

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