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WORM NOTE: Worms are shipped separately can only be mailed to US Postal Service mailing addresses within the Continental United States, Alaska and Puerto Rico. To ensure that your worms are not held up at the post office over a weekend, orders only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays by US Postal Service Priority Mail. Orders received after Friday at 12PM PST will ship a week from the following Monday.
All other items on your order will be sent using the US Postal Service. If your US Postal Service mailing address is different than your shipping address, please let us know!
Why the Worm Factory® 360?
Americans throw away 34 million tons of food waste into landfills each year, more than any other type of waste (source: www.EPA.gov
). While traditional backyard composting has its place, the process can take up to two years and rotating it can become a chore. Worm composting uses worms to do the work of breaking down waste and is more efficient and easier to manage than a traditional backyard compost pile. In addition, its compact design makes it perfect for use in any household.
Worm composting makes it easy to recycle kitchen scraps, paper waste and cardboard into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants, creating a more sustainable lifestyle by recycling and improving soil quality. The Worm Factory can house thousands of composting worms in a compact space. Your worms will work for you 24/7 to efficiently produce highly beneficial, rich compost packed with microbes and water soluble plant nutrients.
This eliminates 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. The more nutrients that are available to your plants, the larger they grow and the more bountiful your harvest is. This system allows you to enjoy naturally grown vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown with the help of your kitchen scraps.
At a Glance
The Worm Factory 360 is simple to set up and operate. Managing your Worm Factory 360 takes less than fifteen minutes per week.
Included with each Worm Factory 360 is a comprehensive instruction guide that makes setup easy and gives detailed tips on how to best manage your new Worm Factory 360 year-round.
Start with just the bottom tray and bedding material included. Add composting worms and start filling the tray with household waste. The worms will process and recycle the waste into fine compost full of nutrients. When the first tray is full, stack another on top. Each tray has a grid bottom, so the composting worms can migrate upward as new food is added.
As waste is broken down, moisture filters through the system, taking nutrient-rich particles with it. This makes it possible to also harvest organic liquid fertilizer right from the spigot built into the base.
Adding Food and Waste
Adding household waste to the Worm Factory 360 is easy; just open the lid, pull back the moist newspaper cover, and place the food under the newspaper layer. Fruits, vegetables, grains, paper, egg shells, leaves, coffee grounds and more can be added. Three foods to avoid are diary, meat, and citrus items; these can be harmful to the worms, can attract unwanted insects, and are difficult to compost. Feed your worms about 50% food scraps and 50% fiber and paper. This creates the optimal environment for your composting worms and an excellent finished compost. The goal is to recycle or convert what you usually throw away.
Don't worry about feeding your composting worms every day. Some people feed them a handful a week; some people feed them a handful a day. The general rule of thumb is that composting worms can eat about half their weight in food per day. This means that if you start with one-half pound of composting worms, they can eat about one-quarter pound of food per day! Worms can survive up to two weeks without any additional food. Just feed them a bit extra before going on long vacations.
In a healthy environment composting worms will maintain their population without over or under populating.
Odorless Year-round Operation
Your waste production isn't seasonal and your composting efforts shouldn’t be either! Composting is no longer limited to the warm months. The Worm Factory 360 can be used indoors or outdoors, allowing year round operation. When managed correctly, the Worm Factory 360 is odorless, making it the perfect composter for apartments, kitchens, condos, garages, porches and more! Because of its unique design, the Worm Factory 360 allows oxygen to flow through the system, discouraging stinky garbage odors.
It is important to note that composting worms are living creatures, and cannot tolerate extreme temperatures. Keep the Worm Factory 360 so that the bedding remains between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or where you would personally feel comfortable.
The Worm Factory 360 comes with four (4) trays and is expandable vertically, allowing a high compost capacity while maintaining a very small footprint. When full, each tray weighs 12.5 pounds, making lifting and arranging trays effortless.
The Worm Composting Cycle
Your first tray will take about three months to become fully composted by the worms. After the first tray is composted the other trays can take as little as a month depending on the waste added. Once you harvest your finished compost from the bottom tray, you will have an empty tray to stack on top again.
The nutrient-rich finished compost can be used in your garden, raised beds, container gardens, or on houseplants. Even if you're not a gardener, the Worm Factory helps you reduce your impact and provides an alternative to throwing your waste into the landfill.
Worm compost not only adds vital nutrients to your soil, it also conditions the soil to hold water longer, prevent plant disease, and promote healthy root growth. Take one step in the green direction with the Worm Factory 360 and create a healthier, happier environment.
• Utilize kitchen scraps including coffee grounds and paper filters, vegetables, fruit (no citrus) and household trash like paper, dryer lint, and cardboard including egg cartons.
• Made in the U.S.A. out of high quality post-consumer recycled plastic.
• Durable: 5 year limited warranty.
• Compact design.
• Create compost year-round, indoors and out.
• Houses thousands of composting worms that consume pounds of waste per week.
• Everything you need to easily set up your Worm Factory 360.
• Exclusive access to "The Complete Guide to Vermicomposting" - a wealth of information compiled by the makers of the Worm Factory 360.
• Four stacking trays (can be optionally expanded to six trays), worm ladder, base with spigot, and vented lid for better air circulation.
• Improved base design acts as a built in leachate (liquid fertilizer) collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
• Accessory kit includes small items like thermometer, hand rake, and scraper to help you manage your worm bins
• Worm Bedding Starter Kit Includes: Mineral rock dust, coconut coir, and pumice.
• Bonus Gift: Sprinkler Tray.
NOTE: Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida) composting worms are sold separately and can be ordered with the Worm Factory 360.