Over the years I have had a compost pile for my leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps, and I use the new soil for my vegetable gardens. When I turn it, there are always tons of worms. This year, in addition to my outdoor compost pile, I decided to buy a VermiHut Worm Compost Bin to harvest the worm castings. Adding worm castings to the soil aerates and improves its overall structure while providing beneficial nutrients to plants. They are also effective for repelling many pests that feed on plants, such as aphids and spider mites.\n\nIs anyone else doing this? How is it going for you? This is the composter I bought.\n[ATTACH=full]101007[/ATTACH]\n\nHere is a pic of my composter a couple of days after I got it started with 500 red wigglers. You can see some worms on top of the newspaper; most are on the coir around the sides.\n[ATTACH=full]101008[/ATTACH]\n\nI watched a YouTube video recently that explained these little worms can eat 50% of their body weight everyday. And, the food scraps should be broken down to extremely small pieces. I realized I was not feeding them enough and my scraps are too large, so I started putting the scraps in a blender. I have started feeding them more and making the food into a pulp.\n\nThis is a mixture of cucumber, ear of corn, carrots, celery and an apple about an hour after I put it in. You can see how fast the worms have surfaced to start feeding.\n[ATTACH=full]101010[/ATTACH]\n\nI would be interested in feedback from anyone who is composting like this. What have you found that works, doesn't work for you for a good yield of castings? Thanks.