Soil and Compost forum: My first worm casting harvest!

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Aug 31, 2016 7:36 PM CST
I started this bin over a year ago, didn't touch it until today.


The pyramid method of collecting it was too slooooow. So I used about 1/8th of it and used as regular watering and foliar spray.
How do you guys harvest them?

What I did was use cheese cloth in a bucket, and put castings in it, and used my water can to drain the casting without the uneaten pieces.
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Brenden
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Sep 1, 2016 9:10 AM CST
Brenden - If you're asking about harvesting the castings, I used to sift out worms from the castings tray by tray (worm tower with 4 active trays) but that took forever and gave me a sore back. Here's what I do now. Spread a big plastic garbage bag on the garage floor. (I don't have to watch for rain or hot, sunny days.) Dump all 4 trays into a pyramid, just as you referenced. Have some light (real or artificial) shining on the pyramid. As the worms dive lower into the pile to escape the light, I pull off the top layer of compost and pick out any big undigested bits of food or newspaper (but not really necessary). Go do something else (usually in the garden) while the newly exposed worms move even lower into the pile. Repeat as needed. For me, it's a multi-tasking opportunity and not so boring and time-consuming.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Sep 1, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Thank you for that shade, but the first thing I mentioned was how I did that, and how it took too long hahah
Brenden
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Sep 1, 2016 5:58 PM CST
I have a big plastic tote I use for a warm bin and instead of swifting the worms out of the compost I just take out about two big handfuls of worms put them aside and use the compost with the worms in it. Once I have used the compost I'll put those two handfuls back in the bin and start all over by the time it is ready to empty again the bin is full of worms and compost.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 1, 2016 9:18 PM CST
Heath, great idea! I used to sit on the drive way trying to separate them out!
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
Sep 8, 2016 2:11 PM CST
I use for a worm bin an 18 gallon Rubbermaid tote. When it gets close to harvest time I put all the food and bedding on one end of the bin. The worms eventually move to the food/bedding end of the bin. It takes about a month or so to get most of the worms to migrate. You won't get 100% migration but many will move by themselves.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 8, 2016 2:19 PM CST
Joseph, Great idea!
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
Sep 8, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Have fun collecting all the black gold. I'm in the process of harvesting, too.

I use the poo in activated worm castings tea, and my morning glory garden has been the best since I started 12 years ago.

Never underestimate the power of the poo.


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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 6, 2016 4:20 PM CST
May I ask where you guys get your worms? I just purchased the 360 and will want to get started soon. I'll be looking for good, healthy red wrigglers.
AKA Joey.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Nov 6, 2016 6:37 PM CST
It has been a couple of years since I bought any. I can't remember

The last ones I got out of the compost pile
Name: Karen
NM , AZ (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2016 6:53 PM CST
I've used this site in the past. Lots of really healthy worms. I stocked my greenhouse beds with them a year ago, and they are still doing well.

https://unclejimswormfarm.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cp...
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 6, 2016 7:17 PM CST
[quote="plantmanager"]I've used this site in the past. Lots of really healthy worms. I stocked my greenhouse beds with them a year ago, and they are still doing well.

]https://unclejimswormfarm.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cp...

Thank You! Very much!!!
AKA Joey.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 11, 2016 11:40 AM CST
[quote="plantmanager"]I've used this site in the past. Lots of really healthy worms. I stocked my greenhouse beds with them a year ago, and they are still doing well.

]https://unclejimswormfarm.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cp...

Just ordered. Thanks again for the recommendation!
AKA Joey.

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