I have only had this a few days so not sure it is a 5 yet. But it was better than i hoped. Came with lots of goodies and great instructions. Easy to set up and am hoping for great worm castings for fertilizer.
Great worm bin so far and it came with everything in the picture. Well not exactly as the picture shown. I didn’t receive the small bottom of the rock dust but a bag and a twist tie of rock dust. Now i have to find something to store it in. Which is fine but not as you shown.
Very sturdy and easy to put together, the pamphlet had lots of helpful info too. The only thing is that the instructions could use some more explanation regarding the ‘worm ladder’ and the worm catch like which way is up – i’ll be finding out if mine is right or wrong the hard way i suppose haha 🙂 all in all, i’m happy with my purchase starting my first venture into vermicomposting.
If you do it right you can produce amazing compost in only 6 to 8 weeks. We are vegan and eat no processed foods so we have an enormous amount of plant scraps going into it and the trays it came with have been plenty so far because it cooks the compost so quickly. I keep mine outdoors in so cal coastal where temps are about 75 with no issues at all.
Arrived a day earlier than promised. Clear instructions to set things up initially and a downloadable booklet is available on their website with even more information for free. The components are well made and fit together precisely. I set up the two bins i bought and then ordered the worms a couple of days later. Pro tip: don’t get over eager and order your worms at the same time you order the bins. Get the bins first, place the starter bedding and some fruit/veggies into the bin, and then order your worms. Sure, you can certainly put the worms into the bin the same day you get the bin, but what if the bins get lost in shipment, or your worms arrive a day too soon?. Waiting a couple of days also gives the microbial life (which is most of the worm’s diet) time to start reproducing. When putting the worms into their new home, i simply left the bins in the middle of the kitchen floor over night with the light on, and by the next day, everyone was settled in comfortably. I bought the starter kit from the squirm firm for less than most other retailers were selling just the bins alone.
Very comprehensive product package- comes with everything you need to begin worm farming adventures. The one thing i think it misleading about this product (and probably the manufacturer’s problem to solve) is that by looking at the picture online, it looks like there is a window in the front to watch your little worm production. I figured out before purchasing that this was just a product cut-away and no window exists, but i could see how this might confuse people.
So far this seems to be a great bin. Only on the first one as it’s only been going for a week. Honestly, it’s sturdier than i expected for plastic. Everything fits together very well and the worms seem to enjoy it. The only annoyance that i have is you don’t know what accessories you will get. Either a moisturemeter, or thermometer (what i got). I would have preferred a moisturemeter, but it doesn’t seem to difficult and the extra water should drain off. I also got some sort of black gallon bin that has a perferated, slanted area for i have no clue what instead of the little rake. While the variance in accessories is slightly annoying, i bought this for the bin which has more than met expectations. I can still use both accessories i got even if i don’t know how yet.
Easy to put together, seems to work well. I’ve put in more than double the number of worms they suggest and the soil/compost heap looks alive with squirming when i open it to add food. I assume this means the worms are happy. I do keep a small open jar of red cider vinegar with a drop of dishwashing soap near the bin. That captures a drowns a few fruit flies each day that are otherwise attracted to start a family.
I have had my worm factory 360 for about 7 months so i have harvested three bins of worm castings so far. First of all i read a lot before i set up the farm and haven’t had any issues at all. Not only am i recycling all of my appropriate kitchen waste but i am also getting wonderful potting soil. The first batch of soil i mixed up wasn’t good it was too heavy but now i mix the castings with top soil, perlite, sand, and a little peat moss or coconut coir and it is beautiful and my seedlings and microgreens really like it. This time i will be doing precise measurements of the contents of the soil mixture so i can be sure to duplicate it correctly. After my microgreens are eaten i put the remainder back into the worm factory and the worms go crazy for the stems and roots. I am so happy i started my worm farm. I live in south florida and so i keep my worm farm in my second bedroom (i live alone) since the red wigglers can’t really take the high heat here and there is no smell or any other problems – except for the occasional escapee. But they don’t get very far and it hasn’t been a deal breaker.
While i have loved many things i’ve ordered through amazon, this is the first product i’ve been moved to review, much less think of as ‘5 stars’. I decided to begin vermicomposting a couple months ago (i’m a lifelong gardener and composter), i was thinking of some diy designs but time is at a premium and i really didn’t have time to put together the system i wanted. One weekend our local library hosted an event featuring urban farming displays and there was the worm factory. I loved the stacked trays and the compactness of the system. I went home and ordered it that day. This kit is neat – it really has everything you need to get started (except the worms). My particular kit did come with a thermometer. Granted, the shredded paper is not necessary but it’s a nice gesture. I got my worms in there and everything has been going smoothly. The booklet included i felt was really informative and got me off to a good start.
Have been using this for the past 6 months to put coffee grounds/kitchen scraps and newspaper to help balance the moisture. Couple tips, make sure you are draining the worm tea on a regular basis so that there isn’t too much moisture in the container. Don’t add too much material at once. Once you have 2-3 bins going, you will be able to handle a lot more but when you are only doing 1 tray, take your time and allow the materials time to compost. Make sure to mix the material around when adding new compost so that everything has an opportunity to fully compost. This bin will hold a lot of worms as long as you feed them well. I brought it inside and set up in the basement (on concrete floor) during the winter so it wouldn’t freeze.
It has been set up for about a week now. And i think my worms are really happy. The directions are easy to follow. The kit provides all of the supplies needed to make the bedding. And so far i have had no issues. Now i am the weird worm girl. But i think they’re super neat and like to make sure they are happy wigglers.
For anyone that wants to compost indoors there is no other product to use. This not only keeps the 1000 plus worms i have in there working, but there is never an odor, or bugs that come from it. I keep it indoor in my kitchen without any trouble. I highly recommend this factory for composting. Easy to set up, use and maintain. Here are the specifications for the The Squirm Firm Worm Factory 360 Worm Composting Bin:
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- The Worm Factory 360 has a standard 4-Tray size which is expandable up to 8 trays, giving it the largest volume of any home composter.
- The redesigned lid converts to a handy stand for trays while harvesting the compost.
- Includes digital instructional manual with step-by-step guide for managing your Worm Factory 360.
- Bonus “What Can Red Wigglers Eat?” infographic refrigerator magnet (6″ by 9″) allows you to quickly determine which foods are perfect for your worms, and which you should avoid. Imagine the peace of mind you will feel knowing that your worms are always eating a healthy diet!
- Built in “worm tea” collector tray and spigot for easy draining.
I’ve used a homemade bin for quite some time and decided to give this a try. This is well made and i love the design. Much easier to maintain as the worms travel upwards eliminating the need to dump the contents and sort the worms.
Item arrived before anticipated date, undamaged and complete. The e-manual is a great option as long as you have a computer, and has very good directions for getting started. When i ordered the worm composter, the details made it clear the worms were not included. The worms are shipped separately to allow you to get the bins set up, so don’t let it sit in the box.Set it up and start collecting your food scraps. Once you get your worms, you are ready to start composting. Download the manual and follow the instructions, you’ll have happy, happy worms shortly.
Happy worms, happy wife, happy life.
Easy to set up and started doing its job the same day the worms were delivered. They like the home and after the first night (a few tried to escape) but all 500 of them settled into the home and are doing the composting work i need of them.
This is a great system for anyone looking to start worm farming. It’s super easy to assemble (however i’d recommend ensuring you have tons of newspaper — they didn’t supply enough). The plastic is a bit thin so over time it will wear out fairly easily. I’d say that’s the only downside to it. I think it’s smart to have the spigot so you can get your worm tea out easily. A suggestion for the company might also be to have a way to lock the top so that raccoons or other animals can’t get in. Also maybe having one of the panels transparent so you can see from the side how the worms are doing or how much breakdown has occurred. We may buy another one, but we’ll probably also make some ourselves. We compost a lot and this isn’t enough for people who do heavy/constant composting.
Package arrived timely and intact. Perfect for what i am trying to do. I have been acclimating the soil and no smell. Worms to arrive in the week and soil should be prepared and ready by then. Easy instructions, easy to set up. Helpful magnetic do’s and don’t’s on the fridge and easy to understand. Am starting with 500 worms because i understand they are prolific easily.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Awesome Composting System for Novice or Advanced Gardeners!
- Don’t expect to get everything you paid for or a reasonable replacement
- I love this!
This is going to be a fun worm ‘condo’ project but not before i read through all of the instructions. Who knew that one can’t just throw a bunch of kitchen scraps and worms into this thing and expect the worms to not revolt. Seriously though this does look like a great product after extracting it from a large cardboard box (you might be able to use the cardboard as worm nesting/feeding material). It comes nicely packaged with instructions, all the starter products and tools to begin your own vermicomposting factory. Less the worms though which can be easily ordered when the worm factory goes on line. I actually bought this on the recommendation of my sister liz who does very detailed research of a product before purchasing. Thanks liz and thanks squirm firm for a really nice product.
This is a really good product. Works as described if you follow the instructions. I’m giving 4 stars and not five only because the legs should be stronger to be able to steadily hold all they trays when they are full. Everything else works really well.
We’re being careful not to introduce acidic or bitter things (onions, garlic, fried foods) and the worms are just flying through everything we put in here. We haven’t had a single fly, bug or odor and it’s great watching the worms multiply and get fatter every week.
Works as it is advertised and does not have odor as long as it is closed. But probably it is much better to just buy compost instead of making by yourself, unless you have basement or not so clean place in your house. I am going to put dual sided tape around the bottom tray to prevent in/out insects/mites. In any case, it looks worms are happy with the environment.
The worm factory was very easy to set up; there were no problems with breakage and it seems quite sturdy. You do not have to do any assembly, just stack up the pieces. The information book is well written and helpful. The included supplies for setting up the factory are great to have. The book says you can mix in potting soil/garden soil too and that you need a few sheets of newspaper to line the top and bottom of the bin; might have been nice to know as not everyone has these about (we don’t get a paper). My worms had already arrived so i set up the factory with the first tray and gently added them. I have fed them three times this week and they are swarming happily over the food scraps. They have not tried to escape. The factory is set up in the basement – got a large plastic tray made to put under washing machines to put under it and hold the factory, bins of the paper supplies and the rest of the set-up materials. Just in case there are escapes or leakage.
Easy to set up, and i’m happy with the quality of what i received, but disappointed that no moisture meter or cultivar was included. The last page of the brochure exclaims in large letters ‘our new moisture meter is included in your worm factory 360. Then a note saying ‘due to supply chain issues we are unable to ship the cultivar at this time. ‘so yeah – if you can’t supply everything, then give a discount, or send what is missing later. I can live without both, but it is a quality control issue.
My worm farm arrived well packed and ready for me to set up. I did that easily with the clear instructions enclosed. I like the tips you provided, for example keeping a light on for the first few days in the room where the farm is kept so that the worms stay in the farm. I will pick up my worms tomorrow from a local supplier. I really liked the design and ease of managing this particular worm farm, rather than a large compost bin kept outdoors that i have to figure out how to store during new england’s winter months. By keeping this farm in my cellar next to my cat litter box, it will no doubt receive regular attention. Thank you for a great product at a reasonable price.
If you are interested in taking the time to get into vermiculture (like it were a hobby), then i definitely recommend this product. Every detail has been considered and refined to make it simple, effective and an enjoyable experience. Although, i am only a week into it, (still on my first tray) my worms are thriving and happy. I plan on expanding to a much larger vermiculture compost system outside this summer and sell my product commercially at local farmers markets. Enjoy all the hard work that the worm factory put into this design and purchase this product.
I am very new to vermicomposting and i must say i am in love with raising worms and repurposing my organic food scraps for my indoor garden. This takes up very little space in my apartment and i have had this for a month and my worms are reproducing like crazy. I just say when moving you trays to check for moisture in the bottom be sure to grab any worms on the worm ladder and look before placing your bottom tray back onto it i accidently squished some of my worms. But this comes fully equiped with getting you started on worm composting and with the added information on the dvd, booklet, and pamphlet will gove you the confidence needed for a successful start up. I highly reccomend this product and i definitely see myself having this for the rest of my life, it is so easy to manage and no odor or anything if you follow the directions. Don’t think about it if you considering it get it. It is the best product for beginner worm composters.
Works well but too small if you cook a lot. Immediately i wished compartments were larger and that there would be enclosed ‘bars’ to lift drawers to acomodate more stuff. I ended up using pieces of wood for that. . I also started the same process on a very large (long) regular plastic bin and it is working just as good, or better, without the annoyance of having to undo so many layers of compartments to check things out. I started at the very beginning with all 6 stacks, put some worms on each of them and it is working fine. Otherwise it works ok, other than being too small for me. It is probably a good option for apartment folks, and if you don’t have a lot of plants, or don’t cook a lot like me.
I’ve used the worm factory 360 for about 3 years now and it continues to do the job with little effort, while taking little room and being overall cleaner and easier to manage than other bin systems or diy systems. I’ll try and condense the knowledge i’ve learned to help those looking to start quickly and easily. Here’s what i’ve found are the essentials to a great worm bin:1) quality shredder, i am using a fellows ds-3 but any $50-60 shredder that can do at least 12 sheets should be fine. This allows you to shred all the amazon cardboard boxes, which are great since they have biodegradable tape that doesn’t need to be removed. As mentioned above, i *only* use cardboard as my worm bedding for a few reasons, it doesn’t get all mealy/sticky like newsprint and whitepaper, but it also has glue that apparently the worms love. It also tends to look better while composting being brown and the end compost looks great too. You can use the newspaper and bills/white paper in the outdoor compost bin instead. The kit comes with volcanic rock or pumice that is similar, but you can buy a huge bag of perlite at the big box store for super cheap and its even lighter and more porous than pumice. Perlite allows better drainage and aeration in your worm bin, and prevents the compost from compacting and getting hard which will happen once it is nearly fully composted. If you want to keep the risk of pests down, coffee grounds are pretty much the only food scrap you need to have awesome vermicompost. Worms love it and the grit and texture resembles nearly finished compost as well. The instructions say up to 8 bins, but i have 10 and it is no problem. More bins mean less effort and need to harvest bins to get finished compost. This stuff is great in the winter months when you have fewer fruit scraps and you want to just let your worms live out the winter with minimal effort. Just dust the top of each bin with this every week or two and your worms will stay nice and active through the entire winter.
My wife and i are really enjoying the worm factory. The instructions were simple and easy to follow. I read them a couple of times. The online video was also extremely well done and very helpful.We had been collecting ans composting food scraps for about a month before our worm factory arrived with slow results. We received our worm factory and immediately went to work adding material. We ordered our worms from uncle jim’s worm farm. The worms arrived an we immediately added them to our bedding we had constructed. We then added the composting food that we had been collecting for the last month. The worm took to this combined compost and bedding material like a fish to water.
Disappointing customer service which is why i’m only giving 3 stars, but the product is great. I just received my worm factory 360 yesterday and while i haven’t yet set it up, i can tell its great quality. Its very sturdy so i am confident it will hold up for a long time. I love that it comes with so many great informational things, and has a warranty. However, i received a note in my order that they are out of stock of the thermometers and instead i got a $5 off coupon from their website. The website doesn’t even sell the thermometer unless you buy the entire accessory kit, which is already included in what i bought. And the thermometer is sold on here by them on amazon for $17, so now i have a useless coupon and i’ll be out another $17 to buy something i technically already bought. I understand that things can sell out (even though it seems that its not), but i would have much preferred something along the lines of ‘as soon as it is in stock, here is a code to redeem for your thermometer. ‘ that would have garnered a 5 star rating from me. $5 off to replace a $17 item that has already been purchased is stealing.
I have had no issues with it as of yet. My worms stay in in good and i love the fact that it has the drain valve at the bottom so when i empty the liquids, i just turn it off and empty the pan with no mess.
I have siblings that also have worm farms & mine was definitely the better one (the best ‘factory’ and had more extras than the others at a lower price). I started it 3 days before the worms came. Directions were easy & after 2 days, the worms are happily eating and it is all looking great. I imagine living in the temperate climate of northern california helps. Thanks squirm firm, your packaging was also just right.
I’m very excited about this purchase. It comes with many of the supplies that other composting bins leave out. The only thing i need to get is the worms, and that’s easy breezy. I thought the lid was missing and sent an email to the squirm firm. They got back to me right away and let me know that the lid is tucked inside one of the bins, so it’s easy to miss. Maybe a little post-it note on it to let everyone know that the lid is there?.
we are first time worm farmers so i loved getting a complete set. The squirm firm has included all you need – even a soil thermometer. I appreciated their instructions and even put my veggie scraps in the blender for a few pulses as they recommended. It took less than an hour to unpack and set up the first tray. We bought the worms separately online and my 7-year-old daughter was so excited when they arrived, and we were ready for them. My pictures and video are from day 1 after they arrived. I am super happy and would recommend worm factory 360 worm composting bin to anyone.
My kit arived as promised with everything need to prepare for the introduction of the red wiglers. I had food (kitchen scraps) waiting to place in the tray. The red wigglers were dehydrataed and scrawny as described in the literature. After 2 days a sneak peak revealed an active colony eating their food and increasing in size. The instructions were easy to follow.