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rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9000559

I saw plans for a worm bed that looked interesting. Check this site...
http://www.ecoyardfarming.com/ezwormcomposter/
The great thing is this system makes it easy to harvest the worm poo.
I liked the idea but I'm too cheap to spring for the plans he sells.
So I started drawing circles on a some scrap plywood I had and found that a 28" circle with aprox 17" loped off the bottom and 10 1/2" off the top would fit on a 48" piece of plywood.
The box can be as long as you would like. Mine is 24"
The two sides are 16"x 24"
Bottom is 21 1/2"x 24"
Top 17 x 24"

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rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9000566

Next:
First is the top set on two rods that hold it off the worm bedding.
Then a view of the top removed.

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rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2012
12:02 PM

Post #9000580

This is detail of how the bottom is connected.

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rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2012
12:07 PM

Post #9000586

And the connector I used.
I will add screen inside after it is painted, (must ask my wife what color)...

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tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9001156

way to go rentman.. im going to make temporary greenhouse this yr
but that i can use yr after yr..
i sure appreciate everyones handiness/skills/creativeness that are posted here
gives me great ideas..id probably never come up with on my own.. LOL
laniebug
Brownfield, ME
(Zone 4b)

February 15, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #9008059

Wow, great job. Keep us informed how it works.
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9008120

I have put screen on the bottom vent holes and painted it.
I put it in my green house and transferred the worms to it.
Taking out as much of the worm poo as I could. I was glad to see so many worms, I may split the worms in two boxes.
There are only my wife and I here and we eat out a lot so I feed them coffee grounds from Starbucks and some of the rabbit poo.
I will use the worm poo I have to start my vegs for the garden, mixing it with some soil.

Question...does the worm poo loose quality when it dries out ? Any one know for sure ?
mraider3
Helena, MT

February 26, 2012
3:15 AM

Post #9020281

rentman, I would be inclined to believe that vermicompost is mostly organic nitrogen and therefore viable for several years. Ammonia nitrogen is lost rather quickly if you store it in the open, but I don't believe there is much of this in any vermicompost process. I place mine in covered five gallon buckets until ready to use, but I doubt that it ever sits more than a couple of months before I use it.
stevelvv
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #9090467

rentman,

If you keep it in covered buckets with lids, it shouldn't dry out too much. I always make sure mine has some moisture content just to keep the microbes happy.
that is a cool design on the worm bin. I was looking at HD for that wood screw with the threaded top w/wing nut. Couldn't find it there. Does it go by any particular name?
thanks, Steve
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #9090578

Steve they are called 'Hanger Bolt With Wood Screw and Thread'
I had some left over from a passed project but HD should have them, and a wing nut to fit.
I made my bin from 1/2" ply but the bottom should be of 3/4" , mine is sagging.

Good luck
stevelvv
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9090857

OK, great thanks. I see them online at boltdepot.com if HD doesn't have them.

Do you have your bottom drilled out with holes for drainage? I am leery of a wood container. Think I will line mine with plastic and then make a lot of ventilation holes.
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9090880

I have a number of 1/2" holes in the bottom, covered with nylon window screen, holes in the top the same. More air the better.
I used regular construction ply, it's water proff, painted inside and out, may last 5 years.
I have a plastic toot lid under it to catch excess water.
I keep the worm bin very moist.
mraider3
Helena, MT

April 26, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9099399

Steve, I keep lids on my buckets to keep PK (cat) from using it as a 'sand box'. The idea of keep the vermicompost moist to conserve microbes never crossed my mind. Excellent point.
Hagar3
Byron, GA

April 29, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9102220

rentman, it looks like the top will fall off and the contents will spill when you turn it over. What prevents that?
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9102828

In my second post there are two bars shown going across the bin, these are removed and the lid is put on top of the worms and content of the bin.
The bars, rods are then slid in over the top, which holds the top 'next to' the worms.
Then the bin is rolled over and the bottom removed.
I hope this helps.
Hagar3
Byron, GA

May 1, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9105564

Thanks rentman. That answers my question. I saw the rods and assumed they went under the top.

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