I am a vermicomposter & like they say "need spurs invention" they are correct. I was pregnant at the time I created this UPCYCLED project when I could not bend over for long periods of time to harvest my castings. I was in my basement standing there WISHING I had something else to help me get through all the harvesting I had to get done; then it hit me while I was looking at my detergent bottles: "What if I had a HAND HELD harvester? What do I have in this basement that would help me accomplish my worming tasks?" Then like a brick, it hit me....bottles make great scoops & other upcycled stuff, why not a worm harvester? And like the sun coming over the horizon, my idea was born!
EARLY BIRD catches the WORM HARVESTER!
I have taken an everyday detergent bottle, and designed a product to SHAKE the castings out of your worm bins. Granted its easier to shake the castings when they are DRY, so try to dry them a little bit before you attempt to harvest at all.
The point of my upcycled harvester is to seperate the castings from the worms & or leftover uneaten materials from your bins! I have had many ways suggested to me that will successfully seperate the castings & worms, but they either take too long, make my back hurt, or FLING my worms around & around, which I don't like at all! So I created a HAND HELD harvester!
The easiest way to harvest is STANDING up, and with my hand held harvester, it's easy to see where the worms are, and what kind of material hasn't been digested yet, and how much castings you are actually harvesting! It's like MINING for gold when you think about it, right?
If there was one thing I know sure, it's that as humans, we need our clothes cleaned properly & then we have to do something with all those LEFTOVER detergent bottles & my instructable does both!
Please read on & be INSPIRED!
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials
1- If you don't already have one: get a detergent bottle that is large enough to incorporate a MESH bottom. This might take some searching around in your neighbors recycling bin since most bottles now are smaller because the formulas are CONCENTRATED; saving space on the shelves at the local stores.
2-1/8" hardware cloth(HWC) from your local Hardware store. I have used 1/4" HWC with much success, but I find that the smaller the HWC, the more FINE THE MATERIALS in the end!
3-20 gauge wire to attach your HWC to the bottle; use colored wire is you like!
4-Knife & or Scissors to cut the bottom & top spout off the detergent bottle, also use scissors to cut the HWC to FIT THE BOTTLE bottom.
5-Hole Punch (chose one that is NOT PLASTIC. I find it best to use METAL crafting punches. The plastic cheesy ones just SNAP in two while trying to add your holes to your bottle!)
6-Piece of paper to trace the bottom of the bottle b4 you cut, so you know how much HWC to cut to fit your bottle. And when you are finished making one harvester, you can REUSE your bottle pattern to MAKE MORE HARVESTERS!