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HN-CAD001 The Worm Factory

The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black

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The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
The Worm Factory
Dimensions
16L x 16W x 13H inches
Material
100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic
Warranty
5 Year Warranty
Weight
12 lbs.

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  • Measures 16L x 16W x 13H inches
  • Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic
  • Best in temps between 45 and 85 degrees F
  • Can house 6,000 worms (not included)
  • Approximate weight: 12 lbs.
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The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy assembly (19)
  • Attractive (12)
  • Odor free (12)
  • Capacity (8)
  • Sifts old from new (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (16)
  • Coffee grounds (15)
  • Fertilizer production (8)
  • Ecological waste disposal (7)
  • Fruit rinds (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (9), Getting started (9), Master gardener (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's Strange, but it really works!

I am loving this whole system. It sounded weird at first but it's so interesting! [@] The booklet is wonderful and provides all of the necessary information, plus the high points are...Read complete review

I am loving this whole system. It sounded weird at first but it's so interesting! [@] The booklet is wonderful and provides all of the necessary information, plus the high points are written on the lid of the worm bin, so you can't forget and feed them the wrong food or something. It says you get to know your worms and I already realize that's true. I can tell in only a week if they have enough food to work on, if they need more bedding and if the bin is too moist. What a great thing to learn from and to learn about!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good thing worms don't read instructions

As a novice composter I was anxious to begin. Assembly of the drain was easy, but the instructions were not clear in describing the different trays. Preparation of the initial tray was specific...Read complete review

As a novice composter I was anxious to begin. Assembly of the drain was easy, but the instructions were not clear in describing the different trays. Preparation of the initial tray was specific but what to do with the subsequent trays was not. All the trays were called "working tray" which I found confusing. Lucky for me it didn't matter to the worms and all seems to be going well.

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5.0

Perfect in my small apartment

By Trudy

from South Orange, NJ

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Coffee Grounds
    • Ecological Waste Disposal
    • Kitchen Scraps

    Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

    This is such a well designed, compact system and the trays allow for easy harvesting of the castings. Recycling is important to me and this enables me to reduce organic matter that otherwise is thrown away.

     
    5.0

    great way to recycle kitchen scraps

    By Barbara

    from Altoona WI

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Composts Quickly
    • Easy Assembly
    • Odor Free

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Coffee Grounds
      • Fertilizer Production
      • Fruit Rinds
      • Kitchen Scraps
      • Leaves & Brush

      Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

      The worms do all the work!

       
      5.0

      Got what I ordered with no hassle.

      By Rebecca

      from DENVER,CO

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

      I ordered from Hayneedle because I had a 10% discount, but I will be ordering from them again. Easy shopping and delivery.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Happy Worms!

      By Lori

      from HOPEWELL JUNCTION,NY

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Capacity
      • Easy Assembly
      • Sifts Old From New

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

        Worms came 2 days before compost bin but I attended to them. When the compost bin arrived it was easy to assemble and transfer the worms to it. The bin came exactly as described. I looking forward to composting inside.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        No Instructions!

        By Sam

        from Middletown, New York

        About Me Master Gardener

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • No instructions

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

        It would be nice if the instructions were supplied on how to put the composter together! What are the two machined nuts and bolts for? Plus, the stand is so flimsy that the stacked trays can slide off of the stand very easily. Am I missing something? Other than that, I'm waiting to see how well this vermicomposter does work!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worm Composter feedback

        By Susan

        from LAVONIA,GA

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Odor Free

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Coffee Grounds
          • Kitchen Scraps
          • Using Food Processor

          Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

          I am happy with my worm composter so far, however, I ordered my worms and composter together and the worms arrived 3 days before the composter. When I received the composter, the directions said I should have everything set up and prepared for the worms...if that is so, you need to do a better job of getting the worms here at least at the same time. I was afraid I was going to lose them...thankfully, they are now alive and well in their composter.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Easy to set up.

          By Raymond

          from LOS GATOS,CA

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Assembly
          • Odor Free
          • Sifts Old From New

          Cons

          • Leaks
          • Lid Allows Rain To Enter

          Best Uses

          • Ecological Waste Disposal
          • Fertilizer Production

          Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

          Lid lacks protection against rain entering worm farm and soaking contents. I would be nice if lid went to outside of top drawer to keep rain water out.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          got it promply

          By Grace

          from Bellevue,ID

          About Me Master Gardener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Assembly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

            When I looked at it I couldn't figure out how to put it together but I watched the video and after that it went together with out any trouble I put every thing that go in it and now I'm waiting for the worms. Grace

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect for my needs

            By Candace

            from Richmond, CA

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Easy Assembly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Coffee Grounds
              • Kitchen Scraps
              • Leaves & Brush

              Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

              I live in an apartment. I have a very small balcony. Coming from a house with a large organic garden (and lots of composting and warms!) it has been a huge adjustment for me as I want to compost my food scraps to make soil for my containers. I've actually been composting in bags, but that resulted in anaerobic material that was pretty smelly. However, my 5 worms that I had taken from a friends yard had done fairly well, even in the bags, and had reproduced, but it was not what I wanted.

              This composter fit perfectly in a corner of my balcony. It was much more attractive than big bags and easy to use. I put my bag contents in to start and am waiting for my worms to arrive to add to the few I have already. I will wait a few months and add another comment. But so far, so good! It was just what I was looking for.

               
              4.0

              Cool Wormy Box

              By Anna

              from OMAHA,NE

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Assembly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The Worm Factory® 3-Tray Recycled Plastic Worm Composter - Black:

                  So far so good! Easy set up, now we let them eat and poop. Cheers!

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                  Customer Q & A

                  14 Questions About This Product
                  Q: "How many worms do I need to purchase with the cascade compost bin?"
                  A: You should purchase about 1,000 worms to start your composter. After this initial purchase, the worm count will double every three months!
                  Q: "Can you end up with too many worms if your pop doubles that fast?"
                  A: Worms are smart and will self regulate their population, but it is important to start out with our recommended amount about 1,000 worms.
                  Q: "When placed outdors, how do you prevent rain from getting past the flat unsealed lid?"
                  A: The rain should roll off the top of the lid, it is pretty secure and the lid hangs over the edges so it would be hard for rain to get through.
                  Q: "Can you mix worms and night crawlers?"
                  A: Though not necessary, mixing red wigglers with night crawlers is okay.  To compliment this item we recommend the Uncle Jim's Super Reds European Night Crawlers
                  Q: "How do I decide between the 3, 4 or 5 tray worm factory? Do you need to fill all of the trays at once? Thanks?"
                  A: You will want to decide how many trays to purchase based on how much waste your household will be generating. Essentially, the more members of your household you have, and the more compostable waste you generate, the more trays you should have. You do not need to fill all of your trays all at once; the worms will breed and fill your trays, self adjusting to fit the space you have.
                  Q: "Can the Cascade worm factory be used like the Pet Poo composter?"
                  A: Pet droppings should not be put in a composter as it attracts pests and can spread diseases.
                  Q: "What is the difference between a 3-, 4-, or 5-tray composter? How do I know what to choose?"
                  A: Choosing the number of trays would depend on how many worms the containers are required to hold.  We carry small quantities of 1000 Uncle Jim's Red Worms.  Once the worms start to crowd the area additional trays would need to be ordered.
                  Q: "What is the difference between the 5 tray, 4 tray and 3 tray system. I'm a single guy and don't produce a lots of waste. Should I start with 3? and can I add to it later if need be? Do I still need 1000 worms?"
                  A: The difference between the 5 tray, 4 tray and 3 tray is the amount of waste the worms compost.  Since you don't produce a lot of waste you should start with a 3 tray and you can indeed add more trays if needed later.  You should purchase about 1,000 worms to start your composter. After this initial purchase, the worm count will double every three months.
                  Q: "If the worms start at the bottom and migrate to the top, what happens once they all reach the top tray? Do you rotate the trays somehow?"
                  A: Yes, you can easily take the trays and rotate them around.  They are light so they are easy to move.  Just take it off the top and rotate to the bottom.
                  Q: "I ordered worms from you and they have arrived before my composter. What should I do with the worms until I get the compost bin?"
                  A: The worms can last up to ten days in the packaging they arrived in. (Not the best, but they will last) Give them some water when they arrive.

                  If you're afraid they won't make it, you can make a temporary home for them instead. Put the worms into a plastic container about the size of a shoe box or bucket. Put some shredded black and white newsprint in the bottom that has been moistened (about the amount of a rung out sponge). This will act as food and bedding until your compost bin arrives and they can be placed into their new permanent home.

                  Q: "Can I keep the worm composter outside or should it be kept indoors only?
                  A:

                  You may use this either indoos or out, but the composter is only operational in temperatures between 45 and 85 degrees.

                  Q: "The dimensions do not mention the height of the trays. What are the volumes of the various tray sizes?"
                  A: The height of the individual trays are 5.5 inches and the entire height will be 20 to 21 inches.
                  Q: "Does the composter produce compost that can be put in a garden?"
                  A: Yes this composter will product compost that can be placed in a garden.
                  Q: "Are there certain types of paper that will not work in the composter?"
                  A: All types of paper (color, black and white, and even magazines) can be composted in this unit.
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