Did you know that a worm munches through about half it’s body weight in soil everyday? A worm composter lets you put this activity to use. You feed the worms and they turn that food into compost. The Worm Factory 360 Worm Composter is the ideal set up to turn the worm castings into rich fertilizer in your own yard.
In Plain English
Worm castings, worm poo or vermicast, as the people who know about this stuff call it, is a really rich source of nutrients and minerals. Applying the worm poo to your garden does nothing but good. You can never put too much on your plants it will never damage or burn your roots or leaves it really is the ultimate plant food.
With the right worm composter you will be able to get a lifetime supply of rich,organic fertiliser and you will be able to put most of your kitchen waste like vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grinds as well as paper and cardboard waste to good use.
Why is the Worm factory 360 worm composter the best choice?
- It’s stackable, takes up a small space 18 x 18 x 15 inches so can be tucked in a corner somewhere out of the way. Even if you don’t have an out of the way place it’s not ugly.
- The Worm Factory 360 has a standard 4-Tray size which is perfect to get started.
- If you find you want more it is expandable to up to 7 trays
- The lid converts to a handy stand for trays while harvesting the compost.
- The included 38-page instruction manual and instructional DVD makes setup fast and easy and gives tips on how to best manage your Worm Factory composter year-round.
- The accessory kit provides basic tools to make managing the Worm Factory 360 easier.
- Built in “worm tea” collector tray and spigot for easy draining this prevents it getting mushy and stinky.
- Ideal size for a family of up to 4 people
- Worm farms eliminate all the work of traditional composting and yields a much more valuable end product. Worm compost has been proven to have ten times the nutrients of traditional backyard compost.
- As long as you maintain an ideal temperature these little critters will munch away all year long.
- Easy set up straight out of the box.
- Unique design allows odour free composting indoors or out.
- It’s made from high quality recycled materials and has a 10 year warranty.
- the stacked tray design which encourages the worms to migrate to the next layer prevents you having to separate the worms from the compost.
- It comes in green black or terracotta
What’s in the box?
- 4 Stacking Trays
- Mineral rock dust – this adds nutrients to your finished compost and beneficial to the worm composting process.
- A list of quick tips on how to feed your worms. This is included on the lid for easy reference. The lid converts to handy stand for trays while collecting compost.
- Accessory Kit – thermometer, hand rake, and scraper – basic tools to make managing the Worm factory 360 easy.
- Worm Ladder to help the worms get back into the upper trays
- Base with Spigot. Built-in “worm tea” collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
- Instruction Manual and DVD – Step-by-step directions will guide you through every step.
- Bedding Materials – worm bedding helps ensure your success.
You need to get some worms – there are thousands of species of worms the ones you need are compost worms. They look like ordinary worms but are a darker red color they are called red worms or red wrigglers. You need about pound of worms to get started. These ones from Uncle Jim are very popular.
How does it work?
Worm composting is a really efficient way to convert kitchen scraps, paper and cardboard into nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
Many gardeners agree that compost produced by worms will produce great results and help your plants thrive.
The Worm Factory’s unique stackable, multi-tray design makes it the most efficient worm composter around. Worms begin eating waste in the lowest tray, and then migrate upward as food sources in that tray are exhausted. By allowing worms to migrate upward, the worms separate themselves from the finished compost that is ready for the garden.
Besides the worm castings that are produced through this process, the Worm Factory also produces a second type of liquid compost sometimes called “worm tea” or “worm wee”. As the scraps are broken down any moisture filters through your Worm Factory, taking nutrient-rich particles with it. This liquid fertilizer is collected in the tray at the bottom of the Worm Factory and can easily be drained through the little tap.
To get started simply add about a pound of worms, the bedding material provided and your organic waste to the bottom tray. The worms will start munching through the scraps and produce castings. Once the bottom tray is filled add another tray and put in some more scraps the worms will move up through the grid bottom of the next tray into the new layer to find the food leaving the bottom tray full of nutrient rich compost which you can use on your garden.
The Worm Factory’s tray stacking system, which can expand to seven layers, allows it to hold the largest capacity of compost in the smallest amount of space, making it the perfect composter for anyone with space limitations.
How long does it take to get a tray of compost?
Usually 4 to 6 months – but of course it will depend on how many worms you have feasting on your scraps. This sounds like a long time but it also takes a while to create compost the traditional way.
Couldn’t I just make my own worm composter?
Yes you could but Worm Factory 360 composter has some advanced features that make it superior to most DIY set ups. It looks a lot better than most home made units and the way that the worms migrate to the next level means you don’y have to sought through the compost to get the worms out before putting the compost on your garden.
Can I put an unlimited amount of scraps in there?
No – remember worms have tiny mouths and no teeth they munch through about half their body weight per day but have you ever weighed a worm they are not very heavy. If there is more food than they can eat the food may start to decay then it can get smelly. Many people say that they chop up their scraps to make it easier to get through and other put any surplus in the fridge until the worms need it. A nice light diet that they can easily get through is ideal – 1000 worms will only handle about 1 cup of food per day.
You can also add manure, mouldy leaves or mulch, and regular light sprinkles of mature compost is also beneficial.
What kind of scraps can I put in?
Never feed your worms lemon, limes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, onions garlic or leeks. Also don’t feed them meat bones fat or dairy products.
Raw food – it is best when chopped or mashed because the worms can get through it easier. Cooked food will break down faster than fresh. Worms like fruit, vegetable peelings, crushed egg shells, cereal, bread biscuits and cake crumbs, shredded paper and cardboard, used tea bags, coffee grounds, house dust, tissues, hair. The pulp from the juicer is also perfect but remember – NO CITRUS!
What else do they need?
- A cool shaded spot. Don’t put it in the sun – you’ll cook them.
- Moist soil – the key here is balance not too wet not too dry. If it dried out they will die if it’s becomes waterlogged they’ll drown. Just think about what they like in the “wild” and try to replicate that.
- Keep the lid on. That way it will stay dark and moist. It will also keep the worms safe from birds and other critters that might like to eat them.
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