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Garden cart worm bin notes

diy worm bin out of garden cart update

The biggest mistake I made with the do it yourself garden cart worm bin was to not allow enough space at the bottom for the tea to drip to.

The next error was to use a drinking container spigot as a drain valve. It needs to be bigger with the ability to be turned on and left on as opposed to the push button mechansim of the spigot.

The good news is that the worms did great! Which goes to show you how easy it is to grow your own worms. Once the kinks are worked out I think this garden cart will make a fine over sized worm bin. One that will provide buckets and buckets of compost tea in the future.

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The drain is easily fixed. just get a 3/4 inch bung valve and screw it right into the hole where your yap is now. if the hole is not quite large enough, use a file to make it just big enough to just start the threads. it will get tighter as you screw it in as pipe threads are tapered. make sure you get a plastic valve as the metal ones are quite expensive and for your application the plastic will last forever. you can get them at most places that sell plumbing supplies. if you would happen to make the hole too big just screw on a 3/4 inch conduit nut to the bung threads.
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