Step 3: sacrifice one of your grocery totes

Take a fabric grocery tote and put it in the bucket.  I took the handles of mine, wrapped them around to the bottom of the inside bucket and secured them with parachord so the bag wouldn't move.  Feel free to use whatever means you wish to secure the bag.

The bedding and worms and "canopy" (for lack of a better word at the moment) will go inside the bag.  The bag allows water to drain out freely and air to get in, while keeping all the castings and bedding and compost contained.

Make sure the bag is made out of polyester! If it's made of cotton, the worms will eat through it.  This wouldn't be the disaster of a lifetime, but it would potentially make more of a mess than you want.
Awesome! Have you had any issues with smell at all?
No, none at all. Just like fegundez1 mentioned, as long as you don't overfeed your worms and chop your food up well, it just smells like good healthy earth. Nothing unpleasent at all. And since mine is under the sink, I can't smell a thing. I actually have to put my nose right in the bucket to smell anything now that I think about it.
you wont have any smells so long as you use organic (leaves etc) don't put any citrus or anything that has been exposed to poisons. Your worms eat the bacteria that eat the stuff you put in so chop it up really well. another thing I do is to freeze all my worm food overnight at least this kills any fly eggs that may have been deposited when you weren't watching.
That is a very good point and something I forgot to mention about the citrus. Thanks for bringing that up. <br> <br>I made an addition to the worm pale to address other bugs after I wrote this. I noticed some spiders in there which may not be a bad thing, but I didn't want a bunch running around our apartment so I put in a sticky fly trap thing. This will also take care of fruit flies and the worms don't seem to care about it at all either as none have been stuck to it. <br> <br>It's also a good point you made about chopping up the food. I forgot to mention that also. <br> <br>Thanks for your comments.
<p>Hi, </p><p>I made it last week (first time ever having a worm farm) and I took the OP idea and modified it what I have around the house. Outside is garbage container (to catch the juice) and the inside container is a small garbage container. I didnt use a grocery totes (all i have is cotton based) so I opted out with leftover plastic flyscreen.</p><p>Do you think this will work? </p>
<p>Do you keep them inside? I thought that I read that! How do you harvest the compost and separate them from the dirt? Just dump it?? I love your ideas!</p>
<p>I also heard that we should not give onion/garlics to the worms, what is your opinion?</p>
i under stand the leaves and grass help with the smell but everytime you add something do you have to pick up the leaves and put the new stuff below or throw it right on top. if you throw it on top, do you have to add more leaves
If you drill through both buckets then how do you keep the water from spilling onto the floor?
How to you remove the finished compost from the bucket?
I would suggest the dump and sort method. <br> <br>Dump the entire contents of your worm bin down onto a table (you may want to protect the table with a sheet of plastic first.) Put a light bulb above the table so the worms dig down (or use natural light.) Now remove any very fresh-looking bedding, and toss it back into the worm bin for the next go-round. <br> <br>Then, make many small mounds of vermicompost. Watch and you'll see the worms move downward, away from light, and bury themselves in the bedding. After a few minutes, you can remove the outer layer of this mound, and put it in your vermicompost bucket. Again the worms will move downward. Just continue like this until you have many little piles of worms.
This is very interesting, thanks for sharing it.
Thanks for reading it. Seriously, this being my first instructable I'm just glad people read it!

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