November 15, 2007

Wooden Stacking Worm Bin

        Image courtesy of Wood Worm Farms

A couple of days ago I ordered a brand new worm bin for myself. I can’t wait till it arrives. This is the first official worm bin I’ve purchased, believe it or not! All my other systems have been do-it-yourself jobs (mostly rubbermaid tubs, but also my large outdoor wooden bin).

Aside from being my first worm bin purchase, it will also be my first ‘continuous flow’ (a.k.a ‘flow-through’) system! It is essentially a wooden version of the various ‘worm tower’ bins out there (eg. ‘worm chalet’, ‘worm factory’ etc).

I bought it from Wood Worm Farms. It is their largest unit (the 5 tray system). In my mind, the more trays the better – this way, by the time I’ve filled the uppermost tray, the lowest one will likely be full of well-aged castings.

Needless to say I’ll be providing a full play-by-play once it arrives!

In related news

I’m also finally going to be getting my greedy little hands on some European Nightcrawlers (Eisenia hortensis) fairly soon as well. These worms are a larger cousin of the red wiggler (Eisenia fetida and/or Eisenia andrei), the only species of composting worm I have worked with thus far. Euros are reportedly slower breeders and not as effective as composting worms, but I’m still really eager to get a firsthand look at them and see for myself what they are like in a worm bin. Should be lots of fun! I may put them in my new system, but not 100% sure yet (may opt for a larger Rubbermaid tub instead).

Stay tuned!

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