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Can O' Worms - harvesting

Posted by bettyn_gardener 9 Sunset 14 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 10, 08 at 11:21

I'm wondering about harvesting the casings in a Can o' Worms. If I put the bottom tray full of casings on top level and leave the lid off, will the worms move down to the bottom two trays?

BettyN


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RE: Can O' Worms - harvesting

Sounds like an OK plan to me. I read a harvesting method once where you do what you say, then scrape off an inch at a time across a few hours, the little fellas keep moving down away from the light. When there's not much left, start feeding in your new top tray.

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Jay


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  • Posted by sqh1 z7 NC (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 10, 08 at 21:30

If you have all 3 trays on, all your worms and food should be in the top 2 trays. That 3rd (original)tray should be virtually all compost ready to be used. Once emptied it rotates to the top, as the top working tray.


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RE: Can O' Worms - harvesting

I have a three story plastic worm condo and many of the worms stay in the basement swimming pool. What am I doing wrong?


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RE: Can O' Worms - harvesting

urbfarmer,

That's been my experience as well. After many months I lifted the top trays to see what was going on in the bottom reservoir and it was full of casings and worms. I don't know if they couldn't make their way back up to the top or just preferred the basement...

BettyN


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RE: Can O' Worms - harvesting

Betty...I have been havesting casting in my Can O Worms using the method you described. I take the layer to be harvested and put it on top, leave the cover off and place it out in the sun. As the top layer drys the worms travel down to the next layer where its moist. This seems to work best for seperating the worms from the finishing compost/casting mix.


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RE: Can O' Worms - harvesting

gatatl,

Thanks for the feedback!

BettyN


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