Easy Worm Mix Bins Update

July 8, 2015

It’s been quite some time since I wrote about my “Easy Worm Mix Test Bin(s)”. At the end of April I made a video showing how I “split” the bin, leaving me with two separate systems. Then, in May, I wrote about (on my Red Worm Composting website) using grass thatch as a “living material” in the systems. (See “Grass Thatch as a Living Material” and “Grass Thatch Vermicomposting – Update”.)

After that, I basically just left the bins to sit, without any further feeding for about a month! As I mention in the video, when you are using an enclosed plastic bin system, as long as you have plenty of bedding materials, and keep the bin in a location with moderate temperatures, the worm population can continue to thrive for months.

Towards the end of the video, I show just how well the worm population has done – even with my neglect.

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2 Responses to “Easy Worm Mix Bins Update”

  1. Maureen Jacobson on August 20th, 2015 2:06 pm

    Hello. I live in bear country and am thinking of starting an indoor vermicomposting system to compost food scraps. The easy mix bins sound great, but here’s my question. How do you separate the compost from the worms to use in the garden?

  2. Bentley on September 4th, 2015 8:00 pm

    Hi Maureen,
    In a nutshell, the best way to do that with a system like this would be to dump out the contents into a larger open tub, put under a bright light (could be done outside in the sun), and then gradually scrape away the compost. The worms will continue to dive down away from the light.
    If the contents are really wet, you may need to leave everything sitting in the open tray for a number of days before attempting the harvest.

    The concentration of worms at the bottom can then be added to a new system (should be set up ahead of time).

    Hope this helps!

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