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!

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!
<p>This is just what I needed for my worm farm. Thanks for this one. :)</p>
WALA is not a word. I think that you want to use the French word for &quot;there it is&quot; i.e. voil&agrave;. It is pronouncd (v)wɑˈlɑ. You can use it to express &quot;Lo! There it is&quot;, ta-da, presto, behold! <br>
you reply to my post with a negative comment? you must really be born. I could care less what you think about what kind of words are in my post. Get a life.
<p>I agree ! I use Wala all the time and as long as you understand what I am trying to say it is FINE. Great post / will make one to seperate the worms I want to feed to my chickens. Great Idea !!</p>
I like the idea, but Have a design question. Why did you choose to cut off the entire bottom and wrap the hardware cloth up the sides? Can you think of a reason not to remove most of the bottom and apply the hardware cloth inside the (now bottomless) bottle?<br>
Interesting idea! We keep worms too... though we've been too lazy to harvest the castings... sigh. I'll keep your idea in mind though!
Great idea, its hard work separating out the worms. Is this gentle enough on the worms, I always worry about hurting them?
Thanks for your question ChrysN, It is GENTLE on the worms for sure the way this harvester works! I made it for that fact, well its not the only fact, but still being gentle with the worms is my issue also. I have other harvesters that FLING my worms around & around and truthfully, I never liked the way those worked. I figure a gentle shaking up and down wouldn't be too brutal, and the 1/8 inch hardware cloth does allow wormies thru into the castings, so that you can pick them out after you are done. And since you can SEE them inside the harvester, as well as in the castings, it makes light of your work! All done while you are standing, perhaps over a table or workstation! Thanks for asking your question. Jennifer.

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