Over the last 6 or so years, I have tried many different worm bins. I started out with the typical plastic bin, then worked my way up to the “Worm Inn Mega”, which then led me to the amazing “Urban Worm Bag”. So now I am at the point where my multiple worm bins can not keep up with the supply of worms that I needed for my customers. Creating a bin like this is no different than creating any other bin, just on a larger scale. You can take the tips and tricks I will share with you and use them on any bin.
I remembered that a few years back, I purchased plans for the Continuous Flow Through system called “The Beast. Now when I say that it is large, I’m not joking. This is 10 Sq ft of surface space. This is actually the smallest of the sizes. Now this size of a system is not for everyone, but I am grateful that I learned about it years ago, and so I wanted to share it with all of you.
The Frame of “The Beast”
Due to the size of “The Beast”, I had to move to the size of my yard prior to completing
Here is “The Beast” with the sides completed.
So I will be giving updates periodically as my new system is built, as well as it fills up until it gets harvested. Below, you will see the different stages of it being built, and my next post will be about setting up the bin and filling it to the point of harvesting.
If you have any questions regarding setting up bins, continuous flow through systems, or any comments in general, please leave me a comment and I will answer all your questions.
Hi Shawn, I discovered your business last year and am now excited and ready to buy worms. I need a recommendation for type of worm to buy from you. The conditions where I live are : high elevation in Southern Sierras 4,500 elevation. Frost level is only one foot. I Need worms for our composting toilets and intend for compost for gardens and food forest . Sustained temperatures of 20 degrees for a 7 day period is usual in January during non mild winters . We have snow in mild winters and snow melts in a day or two. We are in a pine forest with acidic soil I assume. Haven’t done a soil test yet. I have been living here off grid for 15 years and have only seen 3 worms the entire time in the soil. I am just starting to prepare soil in raise beds for garden. Summer temps are highs of 90 but feels like 100 in direct sun for a few hours around peak after noon time. My daughter has a home in Oxnard ( River Park by Whole Foods in the Collection ). She can make an appointment with you to pick up worms in Camarillo and then drive the worms 3 hours to our retreat in Sierras. We are AncientOakRetreat.com and on HipCamp.
Hi Dorthy, I apologize for the delay. A few things that need to be considered is whether the composting worms would be in an underground tank or above ground. Composting worms would not survive in 20 degree weather on their own. They would have to be insulated or underground. That would be the same as the summer as the temperatures are at 100 degrees. I would be happy to talk more specifics with you regarding your specific needs at what would be the most successful for you. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-312-8099.
My sister and I saw this bin in person at Shawn’s worm farm. It’s huge and awesome and there were so many worms inside. We couldn’t believe how many there were! Thanks for the tour, Shawn!
Thank you for the kind words William. I enjoy watching your kids start their own worm farm. They are doing amazing
I purchased the same plans as well. Finally finished just in time for Spring. I have several 4’x8’x24″ plywood bins with solid bottoms. Looking forward to experiencing flow through bins.
Your going to be very happy with the bin. It has held up well for the last couple of years.