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The Worm Factory is an upward migration composting worm bin. We created this group to allow owners of the Worm Factory to discuss their experience with it and to allow others who are interested in the product to learn more about it.

Website: http://www.naturesfootprintinc.com
Location: Bellingham, WA
Members: 132
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Questions about your Worm Factory 36 Replies

Started by The Worm Factory. Last reply by July Jul 4.

Multiply Worms 9 Replies

Started by mary lira. Last reply by Monte Tucker Apr 26.

number of worms in a WF 360 6 Replies

Started by Alan Robinson. Last reply by Bill Mar 28.

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Comment by Paula Allen on January 20, 2011 at 7:53am
Im going to need to get another bucket of leaves and let them decompose inside.  I add some water to them and a couple scoops of coffee grounds. 
Comment by Paula Allen on January 20, 2011 at 5:22pm
I checked on the 2nd try and all ready the bottom of the second tray is full of worms moving up.  It looks funny to see them hanging there.  :-)
Comment by Paula Allen on January 29, 2011 at 6:41pm

Worms still moving up to the second tray.  1st tray still has worms of course but not as many and the ones that are in the 1st tray are towards the top finishing off what ever bedding is left.  Since I started with Coco coir it's kind of hard to tell it from the castings.  The coco coir wont hurt anything once I harvest the VC down the road. 

Comment by Paula Allen on February 16, 2011 at 12:46pm
The worms go through cantalope peels like no bodys business.  Sat.  I put another top piece of  a rotting contalope in the WF and just checked it Tuesday nothing but a paper thin layer of skin. 
Comment by Paula Allen on February 21, 2011 at 7:55pm
The worms in the WF 360 are little pigs.  I just added some food 2 days ago.  Looked in on them and the worms had plowed thru most of it.  I found a sheet of lawn fabric and placed it under the 1st tray to keep the little piggies from playing on the worm ladder.  Still no liquid but some worm castings.  I just wipe that out with a klenix and toss it into the 2nd tray.  . 
Comment by Vincent Walsh on February 22, 2011 at 5:43am

STOP COMPOSTING??

 

Methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are included in the six greenhouse gases listed in the Kyoto protocol that require emission

reduction. To meet reduced emission targets, governments need to Wrst quantify their contribution to global warming. Composting

has been identiWed as an important source of CH4 and N2O. With increasing divergence of biodegradable waste from landWll

into the composting sector, it is important to quantify emissions of CH4 and N2O from all forms of composting and from all stages.

This study focuses on the Wnal phase of a two stage composting process and compares the generation and emission of CH4 and N2O

associated with two diVering composting methods: mechanically turned windrow and vermicomposting. The Wrst stage was in-vessel

pre-treatment.

 

Comment by Paula Allen on March 29, 2011 at 7:43pm

IMO the Worm Factory does what is says.  If you give the trays long enough for the worms to work thru it. 

Comment by culver composters on March 29, 2011 at 10:16pm

probably another week or so, but we're about to add another tray!!!  we've been gradually increasing the food quantity and all seems to be going well.  quite a bit of good looking castings in the first bin, and even some dark liquid in my container that we'll be bottling in the morning. 

 

one thing i've noticed is that there always seems to be a fair number of worms hanging in between levels whenever i lift a bin to look at the one below.  they're just dangling there when i pick the bin up.  is that just coincidence that i am always catching them like that and is there a lot of traffic going up and down?  or are they hanging out there purposefully -- eating in the upper bin and, um, leaving castings in the lower? 

 

Comment by Paula Allen on March 30, 2011 at 6:23am
culver I find this too.  I lift a try and find many worms haning out.  Its kind of funny looking if you touch them they shoot up into the tray like you goosed them or something lol. 
Comment by culver composters on April 13, 2011 at 11:27pm
I'm thinking about starting a second Worm Factory.  My sense is that I've had sufficient reproduction to get it going, but am leaning toward being lazy as I'd rather avoid having to hand sort out worms to move from Factory 1 to Factory 2.  I was thinking that I would simply start a new tray on my current factory and then after enough worms had moved into the Penthouse, just move that tray over to become the bottom level of Factory 2.  Aside from real estate protests from the worms about the bait and switch, any reason this wouldn't work?  Any suggestions on how long I should let the tray develop before making the move?  Anything else I should be thinking about?

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