How to Empty Soil in a Worm Farm

What You'll Need
Worm Bin
Garden Fork
Large Bucket
Empty Worm Bin
Peat Moss

Emptying the soil from a worm farm is something that must be occasionally completed. Typically, it is done every couple of months or when the farm volume has reached 12 inches of soil. The extra worms that are produced can then be used for other gardening needs. The remains or castings of a worm farm not only benefit plants, but can also be helpful to your garden..

Step 1 - Get Rid of the Top Six Inches

Once the worm farm is more than 12 inches deep, the emptying should begin. You will need a garden fork to penetrate the first six inches (which is all that you want to get rid of). Something to take note of is that when the farm is more than six inches deep that means that the population of the worms will have doubled and they are all in the farm.

If you don’t empty the worm farm in a timely fashion, you will end up with dead worms. If you have dead worms, your worm farm is going to have an unpleasant smell. The important thing to remember is that someone in the household has to pay attention to the worm farm and empty it on a regular basis. 

Step 2- Store the Newest Six Inches

Once you have the six inches you put them into a large bucket. The content that is emptied will also include worms that need to be stored for vermicomposting, which is earthworms turning waste into “quality compost.” The content that is produced is called castings.

Step 3 - What Do You Do with the Soil?

The next step is deciding what to do with the soil in the worm farm bin. You could use it for your own garden or you can give it to someone else. If you keep it in your garden, the soil will be improved by the worm eggs that are hatched.

Step 4 - Keep the Worms Safe

The one important thing to avoid before emptying the worm farm is that the worms do not escape. That means that the actual worm farm needs to be secured. The worms are a big factor in providing the castings that made the worm farm’s “remains” better for the garden once emptied.