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Gardener of Urban Worm Factory® 360 Review and #Giveaway



        A lot of you already know that besides just being a green enthusiast, I am a proud worm compost'er.  My friends tease me constantly as they find it entertaining to find me outside "picking worms" on a Friday night for fun.  One of my best friends recently called me the worm lady saying she thought of me instantly when her son dug a worm up in the backyard.  Weird?  Yes, but I am very proud of what my worms can do.


        When I first started worm composting a few years ago, I originally made my own bin from a Rubbermaid storage bin.  I figured it would work well without having to spend the money on the big fancy ones.  However, I quickly learned I was making more work for myself by doing so as I frequently found myself having to spend some serious time picking the worms to move them to a new environment.

        I was beyond thrilled to discover a company which shared the same passion for green living as myself.  Gardener of Urban is an online shopping place as well as a place to turn to for tips and advice!  They carry a wide variety of gardening products with urban living or small spaces in mind. Everything is personal to them!  Needless to say when they agreed to send me over the Worm Factory® 360 to review, I was a bit psyched to start sharing with you right away!

        The Worm Factory® 360 is a complex yet easy to use system for worm composting.  Getting started is really quite simple as this kit provide most of the tools necessary to create a successful worm composting system for any home.  First we mix the bedding, grit, dirt and water together to make a moist environment.  Then, you easily add from the long list of brown and green products for your worms to eat.

        Safe foods/products for your compost include but are not limited to:
shredded newspaper manure
shredded cardboard chopped up straw
shredded fall leaves sawdust
dead plants seaweed
grass clippings
fruit and vegetable peels tea bags
crushed egg shells Hair
coffee grounds bread
pasta or rice potatoes
NO Meats or Dairy Products!  These attract pests such as rodents and flies.

        Topped with a damp set of newspapers you are now ready to order and add your worms.  Believe me when I say even though these little guys may seem gross, they are one of the best "pets" you could ever own.  They will settle in on their own are reproduce as frequently as the supply demands.  You will notice when your worms are ready for more food and a new bedding area.  This can actually take up to 2 months depending on the temperature and amount of food you've added.

        You want to have a good 50/50 mixture of brown and green ingredients.  I like to use as much of a variety of food and bedding to keep my worms "happy".  Worms need lost of moisture and oxygen so make sure to water and gently toss your ingredients frequently.  The moisture level should be that of a wrung out sponge.

        You can usually collect your food waste in a milk carton or other container for a couple days and then add it to the compost.  The worms will not eat fresh leftovers right away anyway.  They like to wait a couple days to a week to let the microrganisms begin the break down process, and they actually feed off that "slime".  The drainage into the bottom container can be used as a liquid fertilizer.

        Prepare your new tray when ready the same way you started the initial tray only putting new food in this tray once it has been added.  The worms will gradually move up to the next tray when they are ready to get to the new food. After giving them time to migrate upward, you now will have finished worm compost in the bottom tray.

        The dirt when added to plants (potted or planted in ground) will make a world of difference for your plants health and growth!  After starting this a few years ago I can tell you I will never go back to gardening without my worms.  The supply and health of my plants is like no other fertilizer I've ever tried.

        This is by far one of the coolest gadgets ever for someone like me!  I seriously feel like a pro using it.  The great thing about using the Worm Factory® 360 is that you don't need to have a ton of property or space.  Surprisingly, it doesn't smell so it can be kept indoors in an apartment somewhere during the winter months or in the corner of a garage packed as full as mine is!

Available to purchase/Cost:  $109.95 Worm Factory® 360 with worms add $30 
Recommendation:  Get one!  Spend the money as it is beyond inexpensive for the amount of money you will save on fertilizer or quality soils.  These worms have become my best friends while gardening.  I also suggest checking out all the vertical wall planters and other products this company has as everything is reasonably priced and quality made!
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Giveaway:  Gardener of Urban is going to give one of A Lucky Ladybug's lucky readers a Worm Factory® 360 to have of their own!  Starting 4/22 for Earth Day!!
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29 comments:

  1. I love composting! We usually do it with vegetable leftovers and such.

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  2. I have never composed before but have been doing a lot of reading up on it. I have been looking in to the worm factory on amazon. Seems like the most practical and easiest to use

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  3. I have never composting before. I would love to try it after reading your review. It sounds very interesting

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  4. I live in Texas and have a shady patio where I can keep it in the spring and summer and fall. In the winter I could bring it indoors.

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  5. I have done regular food scrap composting, but nothing else. My father does the worms, I would be ok with them.

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  6. we love composting and have been doing so for over 30 years, really great benefits from it

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  7. We've never tried composting before but it looks really good for the plants. I've heard a lot of good things when using your own compost so I'd love to try it as well. :)

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  8. We have been composting our leftover food into a compost bin in the yard, but I have never tried anything with worms. It sounds fascinating and fun!

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  9. I am an avid gardener and have been wanting one of these for some time. I compost already but have been looking at these. I would even bring it inside to the basement in the winter!

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  10. This sounds so exciting, and would be great for the kids to learn about so many things, including loving nature! I'd keep the bin under my city condo's sink and use the compost in my step-daughter's garden in her city house with a beautiful garden.

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  11. I have not but would love to after seeing it on a garden show on tv. We love being green in our garden so this would be fun to do.

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  12. I just started composting this year. I put a big bin in the backyard but I feel like I'm in over my head. I live in Arizona so I have the heat year round to keep things going in my compost bin, but I feel lost about getting things to decompose. I would love to have a system like this to simplify the process and I'd be happy to keep my new pet worms inside or out!

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  13. My grandfather used to worm compost. I think this would be a fun hobby for my husband and kids to enjoy.

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  14. We live in NY and have been wanting to try worm composting. As it os now we have been spending quite a bit to make compost tea, though it does do wonders in the garden.

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  15. This looks easy to put together and use. We would keep it in our shed.

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  16. I think this would be perfect for my grandchildren.

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  17. I live in, or more so close, to Hershey PA. We live in the outskirts where one road is Hershey, the other is Hummelstown and the other is Palmyra lol I would be giving this to my mother. She has been composting for awhile but NOTHING compared to this...she has started gardening again and finds it hard to grow certain veggies and all in her soil (since its clayish) and the compost that she has just isnt enough. I believe that she would love this for a mothers day gift!

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  18. I have just started worm composting, and am using fiddled worms and coffee grounds.

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  19. I want to worm compost soooooooo much! My parents have one & I'm so jealous!

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  20. We've always done conventional composting but I'd love to try worm composting also.

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  21. I have tried traditional composting in a pit in the ground and finally got it going when we sadly had to move. I have not gotten another one started in our current home but have been meaning to. I would love to use worms to help the process along!
    me_juliet AT hotmail DOT com

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  22. I've been wanting to try vermi-composting for years. It makes so much sense.

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  23. I so loved worms when I was a kid and even today save them from the sidewalk after it rains! Worms are amazing and I'd love to have this to not only make the great compost but to have the worms as "pets!" I'd keep it for myself in my condo under the sink!

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  24. I live in Wisconsin on 40 acres, starting an organic garden this year. I have lots of room and potential for such a great worm garden :)

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  25. Since I live in the city I would probably keep this in my laundry room during the cold season but on my balcony in the Spring and Summer. I wouldn't want the cold Northeast weather to kill my worms!

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  26. I, like MD Kennedy, live in the Northeast. It would be great to have my compost 'working' even in the winter. Sometimes sub-zero for days at a time. And all that beautiful compost to start off spring gardening.

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  27. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. The heat is definitely helping with the composting but as a newbie (just weeks into this) I really feel at a loss. I'd love to have something like the urban worm factory where there's instructions I can refer back to and help me along.

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  28. I live in the Midwest so they would come inside to the basement during the winter . I am an avid composter and have always wanted a worm farm for my garden!

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  29. I'm in Nevada. I plan to keep the system in my yard.

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