I am so proud of my worms! They do an amazing job! Here are some pics of my harvest process! On a beautiful sunny day, I spread several layers of newspaper on a table. I gathered a spoon and a container to collect the worms and a bucket for the castings. Because I had a full bin I scooped a a container of the castings from the bin and dumped it on the newspaper. Every 10 minutes or so I gently scraped away the compost/castings on the outside of the pile. The worms go away from the light into the center of the pile. Eventually I end up with a large squiggly pile of worms! I scoop the harvested compost/castings into the bucket, spread a 1″ layer on the soil of my potted plants, and take the rest to the garden.
In between the scraping, I prepare the bin by wiping it out and making new bedding – lightly damp shredded newspaper. I then carefully dump the worms back into the bin, give them some fresh vegie scraps and cover all with the layer of damp shredded paper. You can use the newspaper you used on the table for your harvest as bedding, too. Those little critters are soon back at work transforming it all back into fertile soil! In 3-4 months I will do it again! ( In the winter, I will save the castings in my metal garbage can with the old potting soil from this summer’s gardening.)