Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The quick and dirty method for separating worms from compost of your worm farm.
A quick way to separate worms from their compost is to dump a whole entire layer into a large vessel, like the one pictured. Then I then fish the worms out (not as hard as you think, you can feel them and grab them from the brew) and pour and use compost water on garden. I use this method when I don't have time to fuss around, and would like to clear some room in my compost bin fast! Also, seeds float to the top, so you can remove future sprouters.
How to fish them out? Any utensil - they really grab onto any object which passes through the water they will cling to. Truly, my rubber gloved hand passes through at the end to make sure I have got them all out (or most - as long as you return as many as you can, they can only assist in the garden - dead or alive...)
I deposit them into a separate bucket which I have ready before I start, then when I am done I throw them all back to work in the worm farm. I had started initially by using colanders, but they get clogged up and are unnecessary. With worm farming, your rubber gloves are your best friend (and tossing around the layer you are adding to each time - and adding lots of paper!)
I also have a bucket ready to throw all the crap like seeds, and another for uncompostable crimes of humanity - plastic bits. The seeds and bits can be composted, tossed somewhere to rot, or perhaps planted.
This method allows you to clear what you are throwing in your garden from rubbish, or unwanted things - and since you are adding the compost with water, the plants can access the rich brew just fine! A wonderful method.
For the usual method - which I finally realized how to do easily, go here.