Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Sour kraut & fermenting veggies
by sanderson Today at 12:21 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 10:51 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:47 pm

» New England December 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:45 pm

» Mushroom in my lettuce!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:40 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:33 pm

» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:38 pm

» 5-BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY - ENDS 12/1/17
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 4:15 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 1:37 pm

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 1:36 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:24 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by brianj555 Yesterday at 12:50 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:00 pm

» WARNING! Please Read! (Especially Grandparents)
by Scorpio Rising 12/9/2017, 8:53 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 7:29 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 7:25 pm

» The start of the New Garden
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 1:35 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by countrynaturals 12/8/2017, 6:26 pm

» First Year Square Foot Gardening in Zone 9 South Mississippi
by CapeCoddess 12/8/2017, 3:09 pm

» A compost calculator
by kygardener 12/8/2017, 1:34 pm

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 12/8/2017, 8:46 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 12/7/2017, 5:58 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals 12/7/2017, 1:45 pm

» Freeze warning
by sanderson 12/7/2017, 1:04 pm

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by countrynaturals 12/7/2017, 12:41 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in December 2017
by countrynaturals 12/7/2017, 12:14 pm

» Wind Damaged Broccoli
by Roseinarosecity 12/6/2017, 3:43 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver 12/6/2017, 11:38 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 12/5/2017, 8:01 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Harvesting my Vermicompost

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  lzalvis on 6/20/2014, 7:55 pm

I am apparently a successful worm breeder/mommy.  My outdoor vermicompost bin (app. 8' x 2') is a-maz-ing.  I just pulled a few cups off the top to make some compost tea - I must have picked out 50 baby worms.   Shocked 
I must have thousands of little guys (and gals) in there!!!  Wheeeee!!!

Anyway, this fall, I'm planning to remove and use some of the compost for the first time.  Waht's the best (read: easiest) way to do this?  Because if I have to pick out all the teeny-tiny worms by hand it might take me hours.  And hours.  But I can't think of any other way.  

wisdom appreciated.  
Thanks!
laura

lzalvis

Posts : 47
Join date : 2011-06-26
Location : zone 7, Atlanta, GA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  yolos on 6/20/2014, 8:39 pm

How in the heck are you able to have an outside worm bin in Atlanta.  It has been hotter than blazes the last few days and will continue.  Is it in the shade?  Do you have a bottom on the bin or is it open to the ground??  I have been wanting to do this outside bin but I thought it would be too hot unless you had an open bottom that allowed the worms to escape down into the earth to cool off.
avatar
yolos

Female Posts : 3307
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  lzalvis on 6/20/2014, 9:36 pm

I actually bought my starter worms from a man that lives in Covington, GA!  He is amazingly helpful by phone, he told me how to set everything up.  I will try to take a picture over the weekend in the light to show you.  I actually started it in a big rubbermaid bin in my garage (holes drilled in the top), but they outgrew it FAST.  

So now I have one out in my yard that is about 8' x 2'.  I took 4x4's and stacked them 2-high.  Then everything just got dumped right on the ground.  The trick was rigging up a light and cover.  They have to be covered in black plastic at all times - no holes in the plastic.  But you have to have a light on at all times, so I run an extension cord from the house and have a set of 'cool' large bulb Christmas lights. 

OK, the whole thing really deserves pictures, so I'll take them over the weekend.  I started with the rubbermaid a year ago, then in the fall I moved them to the outdoor bin.  thru winter and spring I just kind of experimented with what I have.

lzalvis

Posts : 47
Join date : 2011-06-26
Location : zone 7, Atlanta, GA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  Tom Bergstrand on 6/21/2014, 12:58 am

@lzalvis wrote:  Because if I have to pick out all the teeny-tiny worms by hand it might take me hours.  And hours.  But I can't think of any other way.  

wisdom appreciated.  
Thanks!
laura
               What you need is a "halfway house". I use one every time. First you separate the adult worms from the vermicompost with a strainer. Usually a 1/4 by 1/4 inch will do the trick. The strained vermicompost will then go into a holding area such as a bucket with holes in it as if it were a bin. After about a month the cocoons will have hatched and along with the juveniles that snuck through the first time and have now grown up will then be screened out.
avatar
Tom Bergstrand

Posts : 12
Join date : 2014-05-22
Location : Kingman AZ

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  llama momma on 6/21/2014, 4:26 am

To remove vermicompost for immediate use I simply pull out a couple pounds on a plastic tray,  make several mounds and keep a bright light over it.  The worms dive down and you scrape off the top.  Repeat. You probably know this method already. 
   The slower method is to place food in one area and wait for the worms to migrate over there themselves. Then pull out the material that should have far less worms than before.  Your bed length is long so I'd have a couple of food areas.  There really isn't a super fast method to separate material, adults, and juveniles in a small scale set up. There are contraptions you can make, click over to redwormcomposting.com for more ideas.  
  You can take a rubber maid w holes in the bottom and place it into another tub w food and bedding. Place the vermicompost into the rubber maid w holes and they'll dive down to the food.  Encourage them with a bright light. 
   Eventually I've come to accept that saving every juvenile just isn't practical and accept it as normal.
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4856
Join date : 2010-08-20
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  lzalvis on 6/29/2014, 10:32 pm

OR, my newest thought....get some dirt-and-worm-loving little boys and pay them a nickel for every worm they pick out  Very Happy 

Seriously.  I'm not above it.

lzalvis

Posts : 47
Join date : 2011-06-26
Location : zone 7, Atlanta, GA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  Tom Bergstrand on 6/30/2014, 12:02 am

Hi,
        Another little something. Make your piles small enough to fit in your hand. When the piles are set out under the light stick your pinky finger down into the pile in lots of places. The light will have MANY places to shine in. This forces the worms all the way down to the bottom AND at the center of it. Grab it and pick it up. Turn it upside down and 99% of them will be balled up in the center at the bottom (which when it is upside down will now be the top.) Pick them out and return them to the bin while keeping the compost for the garden.
avatar
Tom Bergstrand

Posts : 12
Join date : 2014-05-22
Location : Kingman AZ

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Harvesting my Vermicompost

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum