Category: DIY Worm Farm

Making a Worm Farms From Plastic Drums

Good Day

Firstly, congratulations on a most informative and well put together website- everything under one roof!

A small question

I’m looking at making a worm farm or two for resale purposes.
I not you advocate stacking containers while some websites suggest a plastic 44 gallon drum with a covering/lid of sorts.
I’m guessing the stacking type is more effiicent but is there any disadvantage in the 44 gallon drum type besides space?

Many thanks




DIY Worm Farm

Hi Again,


You start them going in bin 2 (middle) with about 2 to 3 inches of bedding – coconut coir or similar is best, but any natural fibrous material is ok – a lot of folks just use crumbled cardboard (the coarse corrugated kind). Keep on putting  fresh bedding over the food scraps. Don’t bother about the top bin until you have lot of castings (vermicompost) mixed up with the bedding in the middle bin. You only need to start the top bin going at the point that your middle bin has reached capacity and the covering bedding is touching the underside of the top bin – you now want to separate out the worms and recover your vermicompost. At that point set up the top bin exactly as before – stop feeding below, allow them a few days to clean up most of the remaining food/ bedding  and after a few days start feeding above. After a few weeks most of them will have moved up and you can take out the middle bin – sort out your castings and put that bin at the top and so on.





—–Original Message—–
From: Irenicus Ghost
Sent: 14 August 2009 06:35 PM
Subject: Another vermiculture question


I was curious if there was any specific amount of bedding that should be added to bin #1 (top) and 2 (middle).

Hi There


No – you can vary the height to whatever seems appropriate – depending on the taper of the bins you might want to start with shorter packers at first. You are right about the aeration – folks use a blunt metal fork to turn the bedding – or just use their fingers.




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—–Original Message—–
From: Irenicus Ghost
Sent: 14 August 2009 05:06 PM
Subject: Question about worm composting


Hello, I was reading your articles about vermiculture which I have to say is really well written. I recent bought 3 storage totes from Wally world and marked out the drill points as you specified but now I am curious as to if the stacker’s have to be precisely 8 inches tall? (Mason Jar’s with aluminum lids on)

Also, I was wondering about the bedding do I have to turn it every so often to aerate it?

Thanks for your time.

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