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My New Worm Bin

 
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This is my new worm farm. The plastic tub has holes drilled top and bottom for ventilation, and the bottom ones are covered with landscape cloth to keep the worms from escaping. The substrate is compost from my garden. I keep an extra bucket of it nearby for covering kitchen waste so it wont smell bad or attract flies. The pile wasn't quite done, but I don't imagine the worms will mind.







 
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actually your bucket looks like the compost is exactly in the state that worms want.

I like the worm bin, not to shallow and you can add more material on top with no worry of worm escape over the walls.
Do be sure to check that the landscape cloth is letting the excess moisture through, many landscape materials are not particularly good at letting moisture through as advertised.
If it isn't performing well, poke some holes through the drain holes and the cloth with an upholsterers needle or a thin diameter awl to let that excess water drain away.

Most of the worm farmers I know like to use shredded news paper, I don't use it and like you, I use ready for worms compost.

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Thank you for the tip. I may at some point replace the cloth with a bit of window screen if I run into problems.
 
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I found a centipede in the worm bin recently. I just humffed and put it back. It should get the small non-worm beasties.
 
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Update on the worm farm:

I haven't put in new compost in a while, but the soil is ridiculous.
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I only have holes on my lid, I dont bother with side or bottom holes in my plastic bins. I dont overload the system, just roughly add in what I think the worms may weigh (+/-) a bit.

I went from 1 bin to 4 bins, I give away a couple bins every now and then.

Works for me. My worms are in rubbermaid boxes, forget what size. Rough a foot wide by maybe 1.5 or 2 feet long.

Never had any sort of liquid in my bins.
 
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