Sam Becze wrote:
Allan Ewan wrote:I'm assuming you have a two bin rm system.
Sorry, I am quite new to this process. So i'm not sure what you mean by "rm"? I do like the idea of stacking bins though. I was previously thinking of some sort of flow through bin, but I was having trouble figuring out how to get the finished compost out without emptying the whole thing. But the stacking idea would eliminate that problem. All you would have to do is add a new bin with fresh bedding when the one on the bottom got full. I wonder about the timing though. Do you know approximately how long it would take the worms to migrate from one bin to the next?
whoops - rm=rubbermaid
a stacking bin system is absolutely possible though i'd be careful not to compact the lower bin with the weight of the upper - some short sticks or what-not in the corners would help keep the weight off i imagine.
*on separating worms from vermicompost* just to clarify - the finished vc(bin with drainage holes) is placed on top of a new two bin or 'nested' rubbermaid system. it helps to have some extra bins/systems around for this shuffling or storing/curing bedding material/vc.
with a bright light and continual skimming i imagine you could get a bin separated over the course of a day or sooner but ultimately everything in this endeavour happens at worm speed anyway so it's kinda' up to them.
you will inevitably scoop up a few worms in the process but most will get caught up in the 1/4 inch screening needed to get 'processed' vc. the cocoons will fall through but if you leave your vc to 'cure/finish' for 6 weeks or so you will be able to save some worms with a second screening.