Step 1: 1. Materials and First Step
First step: Drill in several holes into the bottom of your 3rd (top) bin. This allows for the worms to be able to migrate up from the 2nd (middle) bin, once they have digested all the food in the 2nd bin and have left castings. This takes up to several months depending on how many worms you have. We have one and half pounds and will allow for 2 months. Pay attention to see if there are any worm larvae left behind and wait for then to hatch before gathering the castings.
Step 2: 2. Drill in drainholes
Step 3: 3. Add the faucet handle
Drill a hole slightly smaller than the size of the faucet's back pipe into the 1st bin(bottom), and glue it securely around the connections parts.
Step 4: 4. Add a closing gasket to the back end of the faucet
Step 5: 5. Add some support
Step 6: 6. Prepare the bedding and food
Tear up newspaper or any type of paper product that you would normally recycle. These paper products will make the bedding for the worms and should be around 2" deep and not compacted down. Make sure the bedding is fluffed up and has plenty of air pockets for the worms to move around.
For the second layer on top of the bedding add organic material such as grass clippings, food scraps, or leaf/yard waste.
Keep the lid on the 2nd bin and don't place the 3rd bin(top) until half of the bin is filled with compost and the worms are ready to migrate up to the top bin. Repeat bedding and food layers.
For the final touch add your wiggly friends on top of the bedding and food in the 2nd bin (middle.)