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Worm Factory DS5BT 5-Tray Worm Composter, I am in love with my worms!

Just buy it, well worth the money. I tried to ‘pinterest’ a cheaper worm factory and it is nothing compared to this one. While they are expensive, at least for my budget it was well worth the price. Very sturdy construction, it came on time, and while i don not think it will ever need to replace it, because it is so well built, i would buy again in a heartbeat, i will be buying more shelves for this factory as my worms begin to make more soil for my plants. Very happy with this purchase.

This is my first time with a vermicomposter. I got it started around thanksgiving and it’s now around new year’s. I am now working on my second tray. I was very pleased that there is no noticeable odor when the lid is on. I have a very sensitive nose, and have no problem keeping my worms in the kitchen. (fair warning, though – when you open the bottom collection tray, the liquid and castings will smell pretty gross, but the odor doesn’t linger once you close it again. )i found this system very easy to set up. The instructions with the kit were clear, though i also bought a book for more information. The trays are a good size, so they hold a lot but are still easy to handle when full.

This compost bin is great for starters but the bin has its flaws. This compost bin is great for starters but the bin has its flaws. I love the clear instructions and starter kit. The instructions guide covers so much details, even on making a heater for the worms and good and bad insects in the compost bin. The feet of composter look filmsy especially if all five trays are full. And there isn’t a screen above the leachate collection tray, so worms and compost particles can fall in regularly to clot the leachate spigot.

Key specs for Worm Factory DS5BT 5-Tray Worm Composter, Black:

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  • Made with post-consumer recycled plastic, Dimensions 16-inch x 16-inch x 16-inch
  • Built in “worm tea” collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
  • Year Round Production
  • Odor Free Operation
  • Expandable up to 7 trays

Comments from buyers

“composting fool super happy with my worms, I am in love with my worms!, this might not be the best product. I have done worm composting in the “

Do not purchase this if you live in az and plan to leave in the garage. . I would not recommend this product for inexperienced worm farmers, like me, particularly living in southern arizona. My rating is a one star, but place a 3 because it probably will work in other states. What i learned:the worms like to go down when they are distressed and come up when they need food. Going down is ok, if they could go back up. This model doesn’t have any mechanism for them to do so from the very bottom (the tray that has the spigot). The lid and trays do not sit snugly on the edges. Additionally, if you leave the spigot open like you are supposed to, they can crawl through it as well. This information was not listed anywhere i researched.

I have it in the corner of my kitchen, & i don’t think it is unclean in any way. In the past, i tried to raise worms in a plastic bin, & in a plastic ‘chest of drawers’ but neither was without problems. They either lacked air circulation or dried out too much, & i had very few worms. The worm factory eliminates these issues. It stays moist, & i have many more worms than before. It is easy to lift the lid & throw in a hand-full of fruit & vege. The only negative is that the spout on the bottom does not work.

I have been using this since summer of 2015. I also bought a tumbling compost bin from home depot at the same time, and the worm factory does a much better job of making compost. . The stuff i put in the tumbling composter still hasn’t broken down six months later.I have 5 fruit trees in my garden, three that were planted a few years ago and haven’t born any fruit. I put a bunch of my vermicompost on a new tangerine tree that i planted. And even though its barely up to my knee, it has 15 fruits on it. I’m totally convinced that it has to do with the worm factory compost. I’m buying a second one to keep up with my kitchen scraps ; ).

And i do not closely follow them, and the worms are still alive and doing what they are supposed to do.

Just buy it, well worth the money. I tried to ‘pinterest’ a cheaper worm factory and it is nothing compared to this one. While they are expensive, at least for my budget it was well worth the price. Very sturdy construction, it came on time, and while i don not think it will ever need to replace it, because it is so well built, i would buy again in a heartbeat, i will be buying more shelves for this factory as my worms begin to make more soil for my plants. Very happy with this purchase.

Do not purchase this if you live in az and plan to leave in the garage. . I would not recommend this product for inexperienced worm farmers, like me, particularly living in southern arizona. My rating is a one star, but place a 3 because it probably will work in other states. What i learned:the worms like to go down when they are distressed and come up when they need food. Going down is ok, if they could go back up. This model doesn’t have any mechanism for them to do so from the very bottom (the tray that has the spigot). The lid and trays do not sit snugly on the edges. Additionally, if you leave the spigot open like you are supposed to, they can crawl through it as well. This information was not listed anywhere i researched.

I received the worm factory in the mail and could not wait to put it together. The instructions were very helpful and simple. I think it took me about 30 minutes total to read the materials, assemble the factory, and create the bedding. One thing they do not tell you when creating the bedding is to make sure you rehydrate the coir in a large container because you will be adding soil and the bedding mixture to it. And you want enough space to mix it properly. Unfortunately, i bought some worms from a local farm and was not happy. I paid more than i should have for 200 worms to start because i thought supporting a local nursery was worth the extra cost. After further research, i realized that i did not get the right type of worms, and certainly did not get 200. I recently bought more worms through a different website, and i am waiting for them to arrive in the mail.

This is my first experience with worm farming. I have had it approximately 6 months and already have emptied one tray of dirt. These little guys really are ferocious eaters.This stackable unit is easy to put together, and easy to use, i dump scraps in each day, when one tray gets full, you stack on another one. And the worms move up and down between trays as they want, i check the bottom tray every couple of weeks and when it is dirt, i put it in my vegitable garden and set the tray aside to use on top again when needed. At first everything went smoothly, but then i noticed some knats are around the top. I think it is me though, the directions say to add approx. 1/2 cup of scraps per day, and i know i am adding much more than that now that i am juicing every day. So i think i am overfeeding the little guys.

I have been composting with red wiggler worms for over 10 years. I previously used a system of rubbermaid bins with drainage holes drilled in the bottom, perched on top of dish pans to house my worms and compost. Separating the usable compost form worms and unprocessed materials has always been a daunting task. I recently purchased a worm factory ds5tt 5-tray worm composter and was amazed at how easy it was to assemble and begin using. I have already added trays to the initial layer and my wigglers are migrating up to the new level. The instruction bokklet is full of composting information and ideas-very useful, even to a seasoned composter like me. The composter arrived quickly and in perfect condition. It took only moments to set it up and move my worms into their new home. The composter is well contained and the area around it, in my garage, is clean and neat.

Great idea to start composting. So i bought this cause i have a big tote that i was using and it was taking a long time for the worms to break everything down. I start a year ago with 200 worms and now have about 800 t maybe 1000. So going to use this kit to help speed things up and then when i have for sure 2k worms then go back to the huge heavy tote. Anyone who is starting a worm farm just buy this or something like it. They say you need 1k worms to start with but you dont. . These things have babies every 2 weeks. If you buy alot the faster they eat and sooner you may have to expand. The key really is to blend the food before puting in the composter the worms eat much faster. (we eat alot of fruit and vegetables ).

Great idea to start composting. So i bought this cause i have a big tote that i was using and it was taking a long time for the worms to break everything down. I start a year ago with 200 worms and now have about 800 t maybe 1000. So going to use this kit to help speed things up and then when i have for sure 2k worms then go back to the huge heavy tote. Anyone who is starting a worm farm just buy this or something like it. They say you need 1k worms to start with but you dont. . These things have babies every 2 weeks. If you buy alot the faster they eat and sooner you may have to expand. The key really is to blend the food before puting in the composter the worms eat much faster. (we eat alot of fruit and vegetables ).

3 star product w/5 star benefits. . I was sold on the idea of worms helping me compost. My compost pile gets larger and larger each season and i was hoping to find a way to significantly start moving the pile back to the garden. I believed the worms would take care of some of the kitchen & garden scraps. What i was unaware of until months after purchasing my bins is that two pots of recycled coffee grounds, two dozen egg shells, and the potato skins from one week (two meals, feeding three) ground up and kept in a worm feeding (coffee) can was enough to feed my 2lbs (five bins) of worms for 4 months. The good:worms seem to thrive in the bins, unless you let them get too hot or overfeed them. Bottom bin of worm casting is great fertilizer mixing for gardening soil. Worm tea is an excellent garden feeder. It’s good home for shredded junk mail (worms chow harder on it than the compost). Lots of baby worms, so there is no need to buy new worms and really nothing else needed to be purchased after bins.

Good idea but beware of flies. . I’ve used my work factory for about a month now and my worms are happy but i seem to be making food waste faster than they can break it down. I’ve started freezing the food to compost until i can add a new tray. I hope in the next few months the worms will grow and multiply so i dont end up with more frozen food that i cant eat. Oh and the way i was able to get rid of the flies was to use all of the trays even though they were empty. I put paper on the bottoms of each and stacked them up so the fruit flies had a hard time to find the rotting foods. No more flies, even in the heat.

When the box first arrived in february i was both excited and nervous. I was finally becoming a composter. Beginning with one tray, i was able to use the coir and shredded newspaper i received. The coir looks really damn cool, watch it come alive as it takes on water. It looks like dirt, but it’s all coconut. Several people wrote about a smell. I have not experienced foul smells nor fruit flies. (just keep the layers damp, not soaking wet and check the trays about once a week) the worms are eating away at the fruit and veggie scraps i have. I keep adding to a plastic box in my fridge as i cut, peel and amd ready to discard. I can’t wait to add another tray this week.

Good idea but beware of flies. . I’ve used my work factory for about a month now and my worms are happy but i seem to be making food waste faster than they can break it down. I’ve started freezing the food to compost until i can add a new tray. I hope in the next few months the worms will grow and multiply so i dont end up with more frozen food that i cant eat. Oh and the way i was able to get rid of the flies was to use all of the trays even though they were empty. I put paper on the bottoms of each and stacked them up so the fruit flies had a hard time to find the rotting foods. No more flies, even in the heat.

I have been using this since summer of 2015. I also bought a tumbling compost bin from home depot at the same time, and the worm factory does a much better job of making compost. . The stuff i put in the tumbling composter still hasn’t broken down six months later.I have 5 fruit trees in my garden, three that were planted a few years ago and haven’t born any fruit. I put a bunch of my vermicompost on a new tangerine tree that i planted. And even though its barely up to my knee, it has 15 fruits on it. I’m totally convinced that it has to do with the worm factory compost. I’m buying a second one to keep up with my kitchen scraps ; ).

I was originally using a plastic bin with drain holes to house my worms. The bi-annual sortings were a horror. Sifting through a gloopy mess of worms, compost, and undigested food, all of which reeked, was making me reconsider the whole worm thing. This tray composter solved all of that. No sorting, instant access to the ‘worm tea,’ and easy-to-remove trays have made keeping worms super simple. My recommendation is to keep the spigot valve always in the open position and put a catch contain below it. Maybe i just have juicy worms, but the first few times i opened it up, it gushed out and i worried about flooding the lower level.

I have it in the corner of my kitchen, & i don’t think it is unclean in any way. In the past, i tried to raise worms in a plastic bin, & in a plastic ‘chest of drawers’ but neither was without problems. They either lacked air circulation or dried out too much, & i had very few worms. The worm factory eliminates these issues. It stays moist, & i have many more worms than before. It is easy to lift the lid & throw in a hand-full of fruit & vege. The only negative is that the spout on the bottom does not work.

Great idea to start composting. So i bought this cause i have a big tote that i was using and it was taking a long time for the worms to break everything down. I start a year ago with 200 worms and now have about 800 t maybe 1000. So going to use this kit to help speed things up and then when i have for sure 2k worms then go back to the huge heavy tote. Anyone who is starting a worm farm just buy this or something like it. They say you need 1k worms to start with but you dont. . These things have babies every 2 weeks. If you buy alot the faster they eat and sooner you may have to expand. The key really is to blend the food before puting in the composter the worms eat much faster. (we eat alot of fruit and vegetables ).

I have been worm composting for years and bought this item when my old composter broke. In general it is a good system, with excellent introductory materials included. The booklet especially gives information about worm life cycles and appropriate nutrition. Four stars for the lid, which is simply a square of plastic with a knob on the top. It does not fit snugly and will allow both flies and rain to get into the composter unless modified. Also ordered the green one and received the terra cotta, although color is not important to me.

This compost bin is great for starters but the bin has its flaws. This compost bin is great for starters but the bin has its flaws. I love the clear instructions and starter kit. The instructions guide covers so much details, even on making a heater for the worms and good and bad insects in the compost bin. The feet of composter look filmsy especially if all five trays are full. And there isn’t a screen above the leachate collection tray, so worms and compost particles can fall in regularly to clot the leachate spigot.