The Worm Factory: Simplifying Small Space Composting?

The Worm Factory: Simplifying Small Space Composting?

Colleen Quinn
Jun 14, 2010

As many of us living in small spaces know, composting kitchen scraps can be a challenge. Though there a few small units designed for use in the kitchen, most of those designed for outdoor use are large and bulky, making composting a challenge for folks with only a small outdoor area available. If you are looking for an outdoor composting system that won't occupy your entire balcony or terrace, this expandable unit with a small footprint might be just the ticket.

The Worm Factory is designed to convert kitchen scraps, junk mail and cardboard into nutrient-rich compost for your garden. The stackable, multi-tray design is supposed to increase efficiency- worms begin eating waste in the lowest tray, and then migrate upward as as they break down the material. Because the worms migrate up, they separate themselves from the finished compost in the lower trays saving you a step.

If properly managed, the Worm Factory is supposed to be virtually odorless to allow for use on a balcony or porch.The Worm Factory houses eight to twelve thousand worms that consume 5-8lbs of food per week, and is expandable up to 7 trays. Each 16" x 16" tray weighs only 12.5lbs when full, making them easy for most users to handle.

We would love to hear from any readers who have used this product- is it too good to be true, or does it make small space composting easy?

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