Big Tex Pumpkin Harvest

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE – PLEASE READ *** – This is NOT the Big Tex Worms website, which in fact no longer exists. Liz decided to move on from the worm business to pursue other things a number of years ago. This is simply a guest blog post (and video) she shared with us (here on my “Red Worm Composting” website). Over the years quite a few people have searched for “Big Tex Worms”, arrived here and assumed it was her site (some ending up feeling disgruntled once they found out it wasn’t). If you are looking for composting worms – we do sell them, and Liz is still a friend (she now sends people to us when they get in touch with her about worms). That being said, please don’t assume that we are selling the worms the exact same way she was. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thanks!

Every year I collect pumpkins from my neighbors after Thanksgiving. I then use these pumpkins to feed my goats, chickens, ducks and worms. It gives me feedstock for 2-3 months! This is a frugal recyclers dream. Here is a video I made explaining how I do it:

About the Author: Liz is the worm farmer behind BigTex Worms, located in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. Liz, along with with her homeschooled daughters, run BigTex Worms. Her goats, chickens and ducks provide feed for the worms do the rest of the real work. Liz just wrangles them to ship orders all over the US.

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    • John W.
    • December 5, 2013

    I would be interested to know how you keep it from being slopping wet and also how you are able to harvest the compost from something that big.
    I use the worm inn for my small scraps and have some very large Rubbermaids that I use for raising worms to sell, but I would think a 100 gallon bin could be a nightmare to try to harvest.

    • Liz
    • December 5, 2013

    I do not understand you question. Are you referring to the bin being a slopply mess? If so, you just simply add some dry bedding in with your pumpkin. As you would any other wet feed, as needed. However, I do not do this and do not have a problem with moisture. Pumpkins are not a “wet” feed.
    Actually, the pumpkin makes harvesting very easy. The worms swarm the pumpkin and you can harvest them that way.
    Also, I sell worm starter bags which is 4-5 pounds of active worm bedding in addition to a pound of worms. So, I use much of my bedding with each sale.
    I will add a new video of how I work the bins as soon as the weather permits.
    I operate my entire business out of 100 gallon bins (7 of them so far) so I can assure you it is a good system 🙂

    • J.l. Nichols
    • December 17, 2013

    I would really like to know more about how you operate your water tank worm bins. I use them as raised bed gardens but had not thought about raising worms in them. I don’t have any worms at this time but I am doing research and learning.
    thanks J.l.

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