What Is a Flow Through Worm Bin?
If you’re a newbie Vermicomposter, you might be wondering: What is a flow through a worm bin? This is a crucial question to ask yourself if you plan to upgrade your worm farm.
A flow-through worm bin is a larger container with a metal grid at the bottom. When the castings dry, a bar runs along the bottom of the bin, causing them to fall to the ground or onto a conveyor belt. These castings then fall into a catch-all pan. The bin does not have a lid, so the worms naturally move to the best food sources.
A flow-through bin needs ample space; is key to a happy and healthy worm population.
The concept goes that you can continuously add food to the top of the large bin, and the worms are constantly moving to the top of the bin. Red worms like to live within the top six inches of soil. The worm farmer can harvest the castings without ever having to disturb the worms.
Many people who are new to vermicomposting typically begin with an all-in-one container. However, as they gain more experience, they often seek out more advanced but user-friendly systems. If you choose a continuous flow worm bin, you will need to provide your worms with more food and also pay closer attention to managing water levels. Once you become proficient in these areas, you will be able to collect more vermicompost without disrupting the worms.