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Worm Factory DS5GT 5-Tray Worm Composter, Green

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  • Made with post-consumer recycled plastic, Dimensions 16-inch x 16-inch x 28-inch
  • Built in "worm tea" collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
  • Year Round Production
  • Odor Free Operation
  • Expandable up to 7 trays
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Worm Factory DS5GT 5-Tray Worm Composter, Green + Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 1,000 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms + Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System, 2nd Edition
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Product Details

Color: Green
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 16 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001HWX8PY
  • Item model number: DS5GT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,391 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Color: Green

Worm composting is an incredibly efficient way to convert kitchen scraps, junk mail and cardboard into nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Master gardeners agree that compost produced by worms will produce the best results and help your plants thrive. The Worm Factory's unique stackable, multi-tray design makes it the most efficient worm bin 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 compost. As waste is broken down, moisture filters through your Worm Factory, taking nutrient-rich particles with it. This liquid fertilizer, know as leachate is gathered in the special collection tray of the Worm Factory and can easily be drained from the spigot. Simply add a handful of worms and your organic waste to the bottom tray. The worms will start processing the food. Once the bottom tray is filled add another tray. The worms migrate upward to the newest food source leaving the bottom tray full of nutrient rich compost. As waste is broken down, moisture filters through the system taking nutrient-rich particles with it. You can drain organic liquid fertilizer right from the spigot. It's compact square design gives the Worm Factory the smallest footprint of all worm composters. The Worm Factory's tray stacking system 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. The Worm Factory is simple to operate. When full, each tray weighs only 12.5 pounds making lifting and arranging trays effortless. 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.

Customer Reviews

My kids and I love our worm factory.
M. Hodges
Overall it seems to be working very well and I have had very few problems.
J. Miller
Bottom bin of worm casting is great fertilizer mixing for gardening soil.
William Trask

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

124 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on April 25, 2008
Color Name: Terra Cotta
I have had worm farms before, but this is the easiest way to actually seperate the food from the castings. You use a system of trays, intially placing the food in the bottom tray, and the tray above it is mostly fiberous material. Then you stop feeding them on the lower tray and then start adding food to the tray up above, and then adding another more fiberous tray.

This system eliminates the feeding the worms in one spot and then pulling out the castings, trying to leave all of the worms in there you can. I like that the worms have more mobility so just in case your feeding area is too wet they can move around. I also like there is lots of air in this system so everything doesn't get too wet.

The tray system was easy to put together, it took only a few minutes. It also comes with your initial bedding of coconut husks. Ideally you will want to put your farm into place, and wet down your bedding, and then get your worms. There are instructions on the top of the lid of the bin to tell you what to feed your worms with, and a great guide that also comes with the bin. I highly recommend this worm bin.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2009
Color Name: Terra Cotta Verified Purchase
I purchased this system 6 months ago and I have been very happy with it. I previously had a homemade worm bin and I have found that this stacking system is much more efficient. I was very suprised with how quickly it was able to generate "worm tea", a very good liquid fertilizer for your garden. My system generates at least 1 quart of this fertilizer every two weeks. (In the same time period my homemade system produced less than 1 cup).

It is also very good for producing waste free castings. By the time I added the 4th tray to my system, the 1st tray was completely converted to castings. This took about 3 months.

I use the system in a very "low maintenance" fashion and it works well for me. I don't microwave any of the scraps (microwaving is completely unnecccary), and I generally don't do any extra cutting before adding food to the worm bin (sometimes I even put in whole fruits or vegetables that have gone bad). The worms eventually eat the food. The worms don't eat anything until the bacteria in the bin have broken it down. If you cut up the vegetables small, the bacterial will break it up faster, so the worms will be able to eat it faster. If you don't cut it up it just takes longer, so you might need more trays. I have found that 5 bins is sufficient to compost 3-5 lbs of vegetable waste per week using the "low maintenance" method.

I have only one small complaint about the system. The manufacturere claims that the worms will eventually separate from the castings. After 6 months I haven't found this to be true, the worms are still present in significant quantities in the 1st tray. Since the worms have greatly multiplied since adding them to the system, I'm just going to proceed with dumping both the worms and castings into the garden. I'm confident that there will be sufficient worms in the system to keep it going. If you need to have your casting free of worms, I'm afraid you'll be separating by hand.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By secret squirrel on January 14, 2010
Color Name: Terra Cotta
I've used the Worm Factory 5-tray for about 8 months now, and i had previously also used a can-o-worms. Both products seem to work about equally well. I like the Worm Factory because it just seems like a sturdier design - the legs on the can-o-worms are a little wonky and require it to be set on a firm (ie concrete) pad or they sink unevenly into the dirt, and seemed ready to fall over. So the Worm Factory legs are a lot better. However, the Can O Worms top was much more rain resistant. The worm factory is definitely not rain resistant, it is practically open on the top, which lets in too much water when it rains.

Some other notes:
Either product, it does take a little extra time to run these things, every few months so often you need to collect some leaves, empty a tray, etc. daily, i find myself cooking and crushing my eggshells and finely chopping up my fruit peels, but that is probably more from obsession than necessity. i've never microwaved the scraps ... it seems a little nutty to use my 'green' worm farm as a power consuming device.

The 5-tray is not quite enough to keep up with the scraps from 2 people who cook a lot, but it probably keeps up with 75% of it.

You need to keep the Worm Factory under cover to avoid rain, but my experience is that it will attract a plague of fruit flies if you put it in a basement. I think optimally you want it in a garage, or in a mild climate, a carport or covered porch.

it seems to put out pretty nice dirt, though i haven't had it long enough to tell if it really makes the plants grow better. but it does reduce the trash load a little. And, basically, it is surprisingly fun to put trash in one end and pull black soil out a few months later.

i tried making my own worm bin.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Azazello on June 5, 2009
Color Name: Terra Cotta Verified Purchase
the construction of the bin is fairly sturdy, and seemingly utilitarian--will find out the true value after steady use and gaining more experience. After a month he worms are happy but one needs to go VERY easy on adding starchy scraps!

*****what was left out of the manual:
when you set up your Worm Factory with the wiggling guest--cranky after the long trip--freshly arriving, leave the lights on for the first few days at night until they get comfortable and do not have the urge any more to find their old environmental conditions by crawling out the bin! (I had later found out that some vendors sell bins with tiny, permanently-on lights over the bin to ensure that the worms stay put)

*****what was wrong/misinformation in the manual:
the spigot is to drain the _leachate_, that may accumulate if you overwater; it is NOT compost tea--if anything --it should NOT be used on plants because with the occasional drowned straggler it becomes anaerobic (you can smell it)
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