Worm Factory®

Worm Factory®

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Worm Factory Composter

  • VIDEO: All About the Worm Factory
  • All-in-one kit for making your own worm compost
  • Worm compost has ten times the nutrient levels of regular compost
  • Kit includes shredded paper, coir, scraper, rake and compost thermometer
  • Worms are sold separately

Let worms transform your kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer with this efficient, multi-tiered Worm Factory composter. Worms start at the bottom and migrate upwards as they go, leaving behind tray after tray of rich compost. A reservoir at the bottom captures "worm tea" — an ideal, odor-free liquid fertilizer. The kit includes all the accessories you need to get started; worms sold separately.

Recycled Plastic
  • Post-consumer recycled HDPE plastic
  • 16" square x 25" H overall
  • Note: Do not place the Worm Factory outdoors in direct sunlight

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Worm Factory®
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy assembly (28)
  • Odor free (23)
  • Composts quickly (17)
  • Attractive (16)
  • Capacity (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kitchen scraps (28)
    • Coffee grounds (21)
    • Fertilizer production (20)
    • Ecological waste disposal (12)
    • Fruit rinds (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (22), Getting started (7)

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wish I'd bought this sooner!

    By Barb M.

    from Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    About Me Master Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Capacity
    • Composts Quickly
    • Easy Assembly
    • Easy For Beginners
    • Odor Free
    • Sifts Old From New

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Coffee Grounds
      • Fertilizer Production
      • Ground Up Eggshells
      • Kitchen Scraps
      • Non-citrus Fruit Scraps
      • Waste Paper Cardboard

      Comments about Worm Factory®:

      I purchased this unit, and while I am a gardener and outside composter with 55 yrs of experience--I am totally new at worm composting. I wish I hadn't waited--and you shouldn't either!

      This set-up was so easy as it includes a large booklet & a CD plus everything else needed to set it up, maintain it, and harvest compost. The Gardener's Supply folks will answer any other questions/conflicts in info & there are a ton of online resources & videos. I set mine all up including adding some veggie scraps to start breaking down, then a week later I added 1# of composting worms (not your garden variety--instructions will explain why not). They were chomping away the first day and ever since at an unbelievable rate!

      I've had no escapes (kept a light on for a few nights), no moisture problems, and NO odors and it's in my house right now! I'm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula & it will most likely only be outside 4-5 months a year due to temperatures. Even up close & personal--it just smells like fresh earth/compost. Not even the scraps smell because you bury them under paper/leaves, etc.

      This updated Worm Factory 360 model is sturdy, the legs are very strong & well designed for support of all trays when filled, and it includes a moisture drain at the extreme bottom if ever needed for even a small amount of drainage (I haven't had any). Materials are heavy duty, the lid wraps fairly tightly (though is not sealed) over the top and down the side edges for more weather tightness & to stop any escapes. I'll probably put a brick on the lid outside as I'm near Lake Michigan and we get a LOT of wind. Read directions regarding weather/outside locations.

      Seems the manufacturer (not G.S.) "fixed" the couple of minor issues with the previous model like the inset lid--but the incredibly efficient upward moving tray system remains the same and makes the whole process almost automatic.

      I love it & am having fun with it, kids will be even more enthralled, and you can know that all your kitchen and much of your paper wastes are going into making your own super strength compost! Even if you don't have a garden or balcony planters--any gardening friend will be thrilled to get this very high quality & expensive compost. It's handling the scraps from 3 people right now in the first tray, and I can see it will handle more than that when the worms & tray numbers increase. It's easy to freeze them if you get a bunch of trimmings at once & then pull them out to thaw when you have a lighter week.

      For me (a retired school secretary) and I think a majority of people--this manufactured bin will be more efficient, much easier to take care of, harvest, have around, and move--than a big, heavy bin you can make yourself even though for less cost! Yes, the cost is an investment--but Gardener's Supply is competitive on price and has sales & free shipping offers all the time. Remember--you almost always get only what you pay for!

      I always research before buying so looked at many other worm bins and setups, both manufactured & homemade and asked a lot of questions. In my opinion, this is the worm bin to get and the place to get it from!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Much smaller than expected

      By PaulD

      from Maine

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Assembly

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Worm Factory®:

          I'd need 4-5 of these going to deal with our household compost. It's a great idea but I was expecting something to help me keep my worms that I have in my compost bin.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It needs modification

          By GadgetGramma

          from MA

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Easy Assembly

          Cons

          • Difficult to Aerate
          • Leaks

          Best Uses

          • Kitchen Scraps

          Comments about Worm Factory®:

          The bottom tray needs to have a solid base - without holes. Even with the recommended newspaper, the worms drop through the holes and can not get back up. Also, the trays should be a little deeper so scraps can be buried deeper in the bedding to prevent fruit flies. I strongly recommend reading the following book: The Best Place for Garbage: The Essential Guide to Recycling by Sandra Wiese.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I like worms

          By Speed

          from Shawnee, Kansas

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Capacity
          • Composts Quickly
          • Easy Assembly
          • Odor Free
          • Sifts Old From New

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Coffee Grounds
            • Ecological Waste Disposal
            • Fertilizer Production
            • Fruit Rinds
            • Kitchen Scraps

            Comments about Worm Factory®:

            I compost outdoors at this time, but just having the worms around sounded better. I don't have many, just got 250 earthworms, but they appear to be doing fine, and I plan to use some on a hook next year. The amount "harvested" is not setting a record, but I'm happy with the product, it is easy to use, and seems to work fine. I try not to overthink this process, after all they are just worms!

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Working Great!

            By MIdwestern Gardener

            from Saint Louis suburbs

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Capacity
            • Easy Assembly
            • Odor Free
            • Sifts Old From New

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Coffee Grounds
              • Ecological Waste Disposal
              • Fertilizer Production
              • Kitchen Scraps
              • Leaves & Brush

              Comments about Worm Factory®:

              Zero odor. I keep mine in the basement but that might get too cool in the winter - we'll see. I put in a lot of waste (but can only add a little at a time) and there is still so much room in the composter that I have yet to add even the 2nd tray. I started with just veggies due to others' posts about fruit resulting in fruit flies. Having no problems, I started to add fruit and then did get fruit flies. I will not add fruit from this point on until the fruit flies die out.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worm Factory Rocks

              By Vallyhoneybee

              from Bridgewater, New Hampshire

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Capacity
              • Composts Quickly
              • Easy Assembly
              • Odor Free

              Cons

              • Mulch Not Fine Enough

              Best Uses

              • Coffee Grounds
              • Kitchen Scraps

              Comments about Worm Factory®:

              Love it! Actually purchased it because my mother-in-law was always interested in worms. This product works great for her mobility issues and the grand children think it is fun (they don't realize it's educational). Best of all no worms have escaped into my house and so far I haven't managed to kill them all!

              (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better than a big bin

              By Lou

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Capacity
              • Composts Quickly
              • Easy Assembly
              • Odor Free
              • Sifts Old From New

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Coffee Grounds
                • Ecological Waste Disposal
                • Fertilizer Production
                • Fruit Rinds
                • Kitchen Scraps

                Comments about Worm Factory®:

                I set up the worm factory in late January with all the stuff supplied with and described in the manual and added 1# of red wiggler worms from NYC Compost Project on Feb. 1st. I've been feeding them coffee grounds and cut up tea bags and fruit and veg. scraps and egg shells. I spray the paper cover and bedding as needed to keep it moist. I was concerned that I could see so few worms but today I added more bedding mixed with some food and I fluffed up the rather matted bedding and saw more worms who were not happy to be disturbed. They and their bedding/food are now about 1" from the top of this first bin so I'll leave them alone for awhile and set up the second bin above them sometime next week. They are at 60 degrees F and producing some castings. This is a much more efficient set-up than the large plastic bin from which one must manually separate worms from castings.

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is such fun!

                By Shopper

                from Bryan TX

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                • Composts Quickly
                • Easy Assembly
                • Odor Free

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Ecological Waste Disposal
                  • Fertilizer Production
                  • Fruit Rinds
                  • Kitchen Scraps
                  • Leaves & Brush

                  Comments about Worm Factory®:

                  I have had the Worm Factory for one month and have had to add the 2nd level. The worms are now moving up and have left beautiful black gold behind. I grow and divide about 30 different daylily varieties for sale and can hardly wait to start the repotting process that will include the castings in the starter daylilies. I imagine that by February I will have the most beautiful daylilies for sale. Buy it! Enjoy it! Love the environment! You'll be surprised at how much you, too, will love the WORM FACTORY 360!

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  handy worm keeper

                  By Margie

                  from Marquette, Mi.

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Odor Free
                  • Sifts Old From New
                  • Works Better Than Bucket

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Kitchen Scraps

                    Comments about Worm Factory®:

                    I like this high rise apartment for worms. They seem happy and can rise above the compost.

                    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love my Worm Factory!

                    By Suburban Gardener

                    from Southeastern Coast of NC

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Capacity
                    • Composts Quickly
                    • Easy Assembly
                    • Odor Free
                    • Sifts Old From New

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Coffee Grounds
                      • Ecological Waste Disposal
                      • Fertilizer Production
                      • Kitchen Scraps
                      • Leaves & Brush

                      Comments about Worm Factory®:

                      This is my first experience with compost of any kind. I thought it would be fun to use worms to help do the work and to give my 3-year-old grandson a learning opportunity. Plus, maybe my veggies will benefit from the fruits of the worms' labor. My worms were a little late arriving due to cold weather, but since they got here they've been hard at work! I'm about to start my second tray and can't wait to use the compost! So far, I'm keeping the Worm Factory in the house because it's been too hot outside. No odors, no insects, no problems.

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