Harvesting Worm Castings

We just harvested a ton of worm castings from our vermicomposting bins.  We use a 3 level system.  Initially, we were filling just the middle bin and letting the juices drain out to the bottom bin.  As the middle bin became full, we started to fill the top bin a few months ago, allowing the worms to naturally work their way up to the more active bin.  Last week, we decided to harvest the worm castings to prepare for the new garden.

This is what the compost looked like in the bin.  As you can see, there are some bits that are not completely broken down, but for the most part, it looks and feels like soil.

This is our active bin, and if you look closely, you can see some of the worms.

We wanted to make sure that most of the worms stayed in the bin when we harvested the composted.  We used the dog’s pool as we were sorting through the compost.

Look how much we got!  Pickle’s impressed!

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2 responses to “Harvesting Worm Castings

  1. Jan Niemuth

    Can you explain how you do this? It seems like a very simple and inexpensive way to compost. What products do you use to get started? ie vermiculite, worms, containers w/wo holes in bottom etc. I would live to try this as we have a garden but have such light,sandy soil we never see worms.

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