by Merrilee
(Vashon, Washington)

I made an in-ground worm bin from a medium sized metal garbage pail and lid. It is almost full of worms and worm castings but I don't know how to separate them.

How do I get the worm castings out without it being full of the worms?

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Sep 13, 2018
Harvesting Worm Castings from a Garbage Can
by: Pauly

Hello Merrille,

There is an easy method to this that one of my readers talks about. It's referred to, here at Worm Farming Revealed, as "The Connie Method".

You'll need to separate the worms from the castings, not by hand, but rather by food and time.

1. Place a mesh bag or screen (with holes big enough for your worms to crawl through) on top of the castings.

2. Place some of their favorite foods in the mesh, foods such as nitrogen, like vegetables, avocados, etc.

Avoid juicy fruits that will only leach down into the finished castings.

3. Wait till the worms are crawling all over the food source and simply pull the mesh bag out of the garbage can and place them in a ready-made habitat.

Repeat the mesh bag process if you didn't get all the worms the first time. This may take up to 1 to 2 weeks before you begin harvesting.

4. Begin harvesting the castings.

Here is Connie's explanation below:

Thanks for the question,

Connie's method is also in The Worm Farming Revolution Book, 274 pages of great information

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