How to Change Bins or Capture the Worms

     

    Changing a one bin system:
    I discovered this method by accident but now I use it all the time. About two weeks before your bin is nearly finished and the bedding is looking rich with nutrients, take two or three bananas and cut them in half. Take the half bananas and bury them in two or four corners of your vermicomposting bin. Worms love bananas and will smell them and seek them out. As they eat the inside flesh of the banana, many of their friends join in and they fill the inside of the banana (skin is not eaten until it has decomposed more). In about 10-14 days, you can carefully expose the banana pieces and gently lift out several banana skins full of worms. Place the bananas full of worms to a container and add some of the bedding (you need all the organisms for your new batch). Dump all the bin's contents into another bin or plastic bag. Prepare your bin as if you were starting a new bin (see How to Start a Vermicomposting Bin ). Add your worms and bedding to the new batch and you proceed normally.

    You can use the compost as is outside. The many compost organisms will be good for your outdoor plants and garden.

    If you want to use the compost inside, you can bake small amount of compost in the oven at 300 o F for 3 hours minimum. This creates a dry compost you can sprinkle on top of existing house plants or mixed with potting soil for transplants or new plants.

     

    Changing a two bin system: (Brad's preference)
    When one vermicomposting bin is nearly finished and the bedding is looking rich with nutrients, get your second bin ready to go (see How to Start a Vermicomposting Bin ).

    About two weeks before your worm transfer, take two or three bananas and cut them in half. Take the half bananas and bury them in two or four corners of your vermicomposting bin. Worms love bananas and will smell them and seek them out. As they eat the inside flesh of the banana, many of their friends join in and they fill the inside of the banana (skin is not eaten until it has decomposed more). If you time it right, you can carefully expose the banana pieces and gently lift out several banana skins full of worms. Move the worms and some soil to your new bin when it's ready.

    I like to let the nutrient rich bin sit for a few months and finish (i.e., there a still lots of worms and other organisms doing their thing in there).

    You can use the compost as is outside. The many compost organisms will be good for your outdoor plants and garden.

    If you want to use the compost inside, you can bake small amount of compost in the oven at 300 o F for 3 hours minimum. This creates a dry compost you can sprinkle on top of existing house plants or mixed with potting soil for transplants or new plants.

     

    Capturing worms for a friend:
    When someone calls to get worms from you, say they will be ready in 10-14 days. Take a banana or two and cut them in half. Take the half banana pieces and bury them in two or four corners of your vermicomposting bin. Worms love bananas and will smell them and seek them out. As they eat the inside flesh of the banana, many of their friends join in and they fill the inside of the banana (skin is not eaten until it has decomposed more). If you time it right, you can carefully expose the banana pieces and gently lift out several banana skins full of worms. Place these in a container with some soil (need all the organisms) and a small piece of food scrap for food. Make sure there are breathing holes in the lid of your container.

    You can use the compost as is outside. The many compost organisms will be good for your outdoor plants and garden.

    If you want to use the compost inside, you can bake small amount of compost in the oven at 300 o F for 3 hours minimum. This creates a dry compost you can sprinkle on top of existing house plants or mixed with potting soil for transplants or new plants.

     

     

     

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