Setting up a worm bin using a wooden flow through system

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25 Responses to Setting up a worm bin using a wooden flow through system

  1. TREX plastic “wood” (made from recycled plastic) and designed for outdoor
    decks should avoid the warping issue. It is more expensive, but it never
    rots. A little construction ingenuity will allow the bins to securely

    Garth Wunsch
    May 5, 2014 at 3:56 am

  2. Use 3/4 inch plywood. It has much less chance of warping on you.

    May 5, 2014 at 4:21 am

  3. We have several people here at WFR that have success at making and using
    the wooden flow-through system. Is your wood 2×4’s? Did you use long 2 1/2
    – 3″ screws? Not sure why your wood is warped is it old or new wood? Try
    putting something heavy on top. If you don’t want ants you can put in on a
    small table and place each leg of the table in a bowl of water. The ants
    will die in the water or just avoid it. Also DE can prevent the flies. To
    learn more go to the website. Sorry you’re having trouble

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 4:56 am

  4. My bin is similar to this wooden design, but a bit smaller. I love how it
    breathes. Coconut coir regulates the moisture content between feedings.

    Mike Trieu
    May 5, 2014 at 5:20 am

  5. Hello Mike, Thanks for the advise on the coco coir. I love coir. It is
    absolutely one of the best worm beddings I have found so far. It’s also a
    great cocoon stimulator. I would love for you to post a picture and any
    comments about your wooden flow-through system on my website. Here is the
    link. Go to Worm Farming Revealed .com and on the left-top click “Community
    Help” and upload from there. Thanks and all the best my friend.

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 5:44 am

  6. The worms are not like snakes in being able to stretch their bodies with
    nothing to stabalize themsevles. They have no bones. Thw worms will crawl
    up the sides of the bin into the upper trays until the compost/castings
    reach the upper food tray, then they will just be able to touch the cieling
    (if you will) and journeu into the the upper tray’s new food source. Thanks
    for youe question. Happy worm farming

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 6:03 am

  7. Very informative! Wish more people would start to use worm composting

    Orgaworld London
    May 5, 2014 at 6:37 am

  8. @mishagoscreative I use the plastic bucket method…. but I’m always on the
    lookout for new ideas. I like this one, however I do think using 1/4″
    hardware cloth instead of 1/8″ would make it easier for the worms to move
    up to the next level.

    May 5, 2014 at 6:53 am

  9. I have 2 questions: How do you make sure that the worms get to the next
    level if the stuff in the below level still shrinks, leaving a gap between
    the soil and the mesh (what size ar the holes in the mesh btw)? And what is
    the benefit of stacking so many boxes – is there something stillhappening
    to the worm castings once the worms moved up to the next level – why not
    harvest it right away and have only 2 boxes? Maybe there is some benefit in
    aging the castings…

    May 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

  10. what are you talking about guy? ur all over the place. compost tea is for
    the plants buddy

    May 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

  11. Dammit! The woodem bin I built is now active for less than a week and the
    moisture inside and dryness outside made the wood warp like crazy. It has
    now numerous gaps at the joints where ants and flies can get in. This is
    not good :( I guess what is to be learned from that is to either waterproof
    the wood from all sides and/or to buy a wood that cannot warp that much.

    May 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

  12. Hi, I’m just starting up a bin and looking for ideas. I like your system. I
    was thinking of making one like this. Just wondering…how it worked out
    for you. As the material break down in the bins there must be gaps between
    the layers. do the worms climb up the sides? Any advice would be great
    Cheers Steve

    May 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

  13. @MRWhiteFolksCakes Thanks for the pointers Mr. WFC. I’ll keep trying.

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

  14. How far can the worms stretch to reach the next tray. how close does the
    top tray have to be to the tray the worms are currently in. Thank you

    May 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

  15. Thank you O.W.L. Can I put your testimonial on my website? I have several
    personally but like to get permission first.

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

  16. If you have to pick up the lower level, and “dump it out”, then it is not
    continuous flow. A continuous flow system is one that eliminates this. It
    stays together in one system and you harvest the casings from the bottom
    without altering the structure of the unit. You need to relabel this video.

    May 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

  17. @SquirminVermin I have a question: So me and my partner got worms from his
    mother who does plastic bens but I’m interested in the continuous flow/wood
    bins. I like this idea but I’m confused as to how the worms migrate? Do
    they squeeze through the cloth?

    May 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  18. Ok thanks for the advice. Those that will not hatch in time will go in the
    garden and be free – thats ok 😉 – I sourced some wire frame from the
    dumpsters, so thats sort of what I have – also did not want the bedding to
    fall though. I think however I used too much bedding now – used some
    newspaper and some compost. But suddently the forst tray was almost full
    with just a little bit of scraps – lets see if that gets reduced fast
    enough before the upper one fills. Thanks again for the answers

    May 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  19. @mishagoscreative Short answer…Yes. Those wigglers really can wiggle.

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  20. Why would it matter if the screen is metal?

    May 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  21. @MRWhiteFolksCakes I do appoligies Mr white. I am not the best speaker. I
    criticise myself all the time and I am trying to do better but it has
    always been my greatest fear when speaking to a crowd. Sorry, any help
    would be appreciated. Thanks bud. P.S. You wouldn’t beleive how many times
    I recorded this video. Oh well, at least the info is out there.

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

  22. Yes, the cracks will be good enough for the entire system to breathe.
    Thanks for the question

    Pauly Piccirillo
    May 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

  23. Thank you for the answer. How long do the babies need to hatch, so after
    what time you can safely remove the lower parts? And I am amazed that these
    worms manage to crawl up the sides of the container which are basically
    vertical. That is cool. I thought they can only move in the soil and maybe
    reach up a centimeter or so to bridge a gap. I was especially worried about
    the young ones that just hatch when the castings settle down and then have
    to climb up maybe several centimeters of vertical.

    May 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm

  24. Hi, this looks intriguing but I’m confused about how the worms move from
    one to the other, is a 1/8″ screen small enough for them to crawl through?

    Ian Kleinfeld
    May 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

  25. @SquirminVermin One more question. SO I have one bin thats been sitting
    with the worms and scraps and newspaper and such for a few weeks now but
    I’ve build a bigger continuous flow plastic home. Should I separate the
    worms from the scraps even though it’s not quite done yet and start all
    over in the new home with fresh bedding? Or should I just dump the whole
    small bin into the new one along with fresh bedding? DO i bury it? I have
    so many questions!! thanks :)

    May 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

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