Hi Jeff Mouser, thanks for your demonstration! Excellent for separating the Humus from the worms , without harming the worms. Please keep on sharing your knowledge .
Maybe you could work on a item, witch is rather knew. I understand,that a lately investigation on the use of plastics of any kind when you are producing vegetables, is denounced of producing harmful nano particles. Did you know that. The University of
Bogota has declared, that Plastics should not be used in vegetable farming.
When I had my first harvest I did it the same way , it is time consuming and my back ached afterword I hope to find an easier quicker way next time. Maybe something like only feeding in one end of your container so at least one end may be almost all and only castings hopefully.
It won't sift if it's wet.
Sorry, I don't approve of this method. Besides scraping in half a few worms every now and then this is way too laborious and slow. How about a cylinder 2 ft diam. made of 3/8 to 1/2 inch metal mesh sitting over a tub, toss all the worm plus castings into the cylinder and turn it until all the castings fall beneath into the tub and worms slither off the edge of the cylinder into a second tub.
Back in the old days if we didn't know what to do we went to the library and then to the bar. When we got done we didn't know any more than when we started but we had a hangover to beat all hell. I like it better now, even the hangovers are softer.
I just keep on feeding them and nothing else. I worried about them and kissed their worm butts for the first few years and then I said no. There are five times as many worms since I stopped trying to tell them what to do and they just keep on keeping on turning garbage to dirt. The finished product is light and fluffy and takes about a year and then it keeps on coming. Don't fret but don't forget. It works good.
I have tried this method and it takes hours to do if you have a decent amount of castings. I built a screening unit with two screens a 1/4" top screen and a smaller 1/8" screen to catch most of the worms that get through the top screen. Then I will take that and put them all in piles in the sun and clean them using your method. Starting it this way literally takes a long time and a lot of work, not worth the bother.
Great to see gentle manual work on the wrigglers. I've got quite a large bin so try to do things a bit less time consuming. The screen method mentioned by Alan doesn't really work for me because it requires quite a dry compost. I simply have 2 bins connected to each other. The first is my active bin, the second is the migration bin that just sits there maturing. After a year or so almost all of the worms have moved to the active bin leaving the second one ready to harvest.
Thanks for the vid.
that's not all casting i hope you know that.
Another easy way to seperate the worms and harvest your compost is to lay a piece of bread on top and after a few minutes the worms are drawn to it like crazy. I saw a guy do this on Dirty Jobs. Pick the bread up and you'll have a wad right up under it. Pick it up and move them back to the worm bed and do it again for the stragglers. Give it a try and if you don't mind reply and let me know how it works out for you.
This guy has a better idea, check it "How to make a CHEAP worm farm."
I wish I was a worm.
dafuq did i get here ?
What a time consuming process. Just build a sifter with 2x4s and 1/8" hardware cloth and sift them out and be done with it in one tenth the time.
@allen That is a fantastic idea!!!! Thanks!!
I just take out handfuls of the compost with the worms included and mix that into my raised beds- that way the garden has a living compost system built in, and saves a lot of time having to take all the worms out!
cant you just place the castings in to fresh food supply and the worms will go where the food is
@6095jimmy remember to mix your castings at a ration of 3 or 4 parts soil to 1 part castings. Use your castings to supplement your soil, not meant to be used as soil. Good luck with your harvest!
Very good, thank you for the video it was very informative and interesting. Now I can have the best 420 of all:>)
You can store them in just about anything, plastic or paper. They are best used within 6 months because the beneficial bacteria will start to decrease.