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Harvesting Worm Castings When Worm Composting

Updated on April 10, 2015

Worm Composting Equals Nutrient Rich Organic Fertilizer

As many of us already know, worm composting produces excellent organic fertilizers for plants. Worm composting processes organic material such as fruit peelings, vegetable peelings, grass clippings and other biodegradable materials. You need only to put the right amount of organic material into the compost bins and you can let them work their magic! They will turn those fruit and vegetable peelings, those grass clippings and those shredded newspapers into fresh worm castings, perfect for enriching and enhancing plant life in your home garden. That is why a people are getting more and more interested in organic gardening and worm composting.

People buy worms on the internet just to start organic gardening and worm composting at home. So if people want to have worm compost in their garden they have to start worm composting and they have to learn how to harvest their compost. How do you harvest worm compost? Here are a few methods to help you out.

Worm Castings Harvesting Method #1 – the Dump and Sort Method

This method is simple as child’s play. The first thing that you need to do is look for a flat surface where you could dump the contents of your compost bin (a table would do very well). Cover the area with a sheet of plastic and then empty the contents of your compost bin into the flat surface. Shine light (artificial or natural light will do) onto the mound.

Divide the large mound into a number of smaller mounds around the area of the plastic sheet. As the mounds receive more and more light, the worms will move downward to avoid the heat and the light. Gather the top layers of the mounds as these are already the compost that you are waiting for. After doing these the worms will again be exposed to more heat and light. This will force them to go even deeper into the mounds. Repeat this process until you are left with the piles which are just enough to house the worms.

Worm Castings Harvesting Method #2 – Changing Sides

This is another simple method. What you do is you move all of the compost into one side of the bin. Then add some fresh bedding on the other side of the compost bin. After having done so, start putting some fresh worm food on the new bedding. This will entice your worms and will tempt them to after the fresher bedding and fresher food.

After some months, your worms will have finished consuming all the nutrition on the older side of the compost and will now transfer to the newer side. This makes it very easy as you will no longer have to do any digging to separate the worms from the worm composts.

Worm composting is simple. And as you have read above, harvesting the products of your worm composting is simple too! These are just some of the examples of harvesting your worm composting system. There are certainly more ways to harvest your worm composting system, all you have to do is find out and practice!


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