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Garden Tower worm composter

How long does it take to compost kitchen scraps in a vermicomposter? I have a "garden tower" and the worm tube in the middle is about 3/4 full, but I was wondering when I should empty the composter. It was started on April 20th and scraps have been added continually since then, however I cannot see the compost so how do I know if it's ready? I have about 500 red wigglers in there doing their thing...

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Re: Garden Tower worm composter

I haven't really looked into the worm tower concept specifically, but if it's the one where you have a tube/bucket with holes in the middle or side of the bed, I thought the idea is that the tower feeds the bed continuously and you just keep adding to it?

I have a separate vermicomposter called can o worms and it's meant to stack the scrap trays on top of each other and harvest the vermicompost from the bottom tray. So I just mindlessly go through the motions and never really took note of the time it takes... But it does seem to depend on the season and temperature.

If you need to, you could always screen out the worms and bigger bits to harvest the finished wormcasting, then put them back. It's not a big deal and they won't mind being disturbed.
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Re: Garden Tower worm composter

I empty my worm bins every 3 months and start over with fresh bedding. after a week of letting them get used to the new bedding I start feeding again. I also use a screen to sift the castings as applestar said.

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