Watch the video as Catherine Boeckmann, editor at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, gets you started composting. Turn your kitchen scraps and organic yard debris.
The Worm Factory 360 composting system makes the entire process easy and quick. With a thermo siphon air flow design, the Worm Factory 360 increases the composting speed.
Why the Worm Factory 360?
Americans throw away 34 million tons of food waste into landfills each year, more than any other type of waste (EPA. gov). While traditional backyard composting has its place, the process can take up to two years and rotating it can become a chore. Worm composting uses worms to do the work of breaking down waste and is more efficient and easier to manage than a traditional backyard compost pile. In addition, its compact design makes it perfect for use in any household.
Worm composting makes it easy to recycle kitchen scraps, paper waste and cardboard into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants, creating a more sustainable lifestyle by recycling and improving soil quality. The Worm Factory 360 houses thousands of composting worms in a compact space. These worms work 24/7 to efficiently produce highly beneficial, rich compost packed with microbes and water-soluble plant nutrients.
This eliminates all the work of traditional composting and yields a much more valuable end product. Worm compost has been proven to have ten times the nutrients of traditional backyard compost. The more nutrients that are available to your plants, the larger they grow and the more bountiful your harvest is. This system allows you to enjoy organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown with the help of your kitchen scraps.
The Worm Factory 360 WF360G Worm Composter makes the entire process quick and easy. Worm composting uses worms to do the work of breaking down waste and is more efficient and easier to manage than a traditional backyard compost pile. The Worm Factory 360 houses thousands of composting worms in a compact space.
There are problems that can arise when you are composting.
All of the issues are relatively easy to troubleshoot and fix. During your routine monitoring of the pile keep a look out for problems and try some of the suggested solutions listed below.
If you see a swarm of flies around your compost bin chances are you have not put enough brown food (leaves, twigs, hay) on top of your kitchen scraps. The kitchen scraps are very inviting to fruit and house flies, make sure you don’t leave them exposed.
The most likely cause is not enough air is getting through to all parts of the compost. Give the compost a good turning and add a bulky substance such as woodchips or sawdust.
Fly, (Sarcophagidae), Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania, Australia. Photo by JJ Harrison.
Add some moisture in the form of water if you find that your pile is very dry. You should not soak the pile, just enough to get it wet. If the pile is continually drying out look at other factors such as location and what you are adding– you may have to move the bin to a less sunny location or add more wet scraps (fruit and vegetable waste).
Your compost pile seems to be working (it is moist and warm) but only in spots. Either your pile is not large enough or you are not rotating it enough. Make sure you are regularly adding new scraps and are rotating the pile every second day.
Like the problem of flies, if you have pests visiting your pile you need to make sure you are covering all kitchen scraps thoroughly. Do not add any animal products such as meat or bones.
Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm 2,000 Count Red Wiggler Composting Worms
Each worm capsule will hatch an average of 3 to 4 earthworms. They are very popular live bait for fish that prefer small baits, such as trout, crappie, bluegill or perch. Red Wigglers are easy to use as bait, easily surviving in temperatures between 38 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Compost Pile Won’t Heat Up
Most of the concerns or problems that you will encounter with your compost pile are relatively easy and minor to rectify. They involve rotating the pile more; adjusting the material you are putting in; and layering enough brown food for the top layer. The issue of your pile not heating up will require more investigation.
Compost by Normanack.
The first thing to consider when your pile won’t heat up (when you are using the hot or active compost method) is if you have enough green and brown food added. , if your pile is new this will take time. But if you have an established pile that won’t heat up, either your pile is too large or you are not adding enough to start the decomposing process.
Another reason your compost pile may not be heating up is the presence of too much brown food. Put in more green food that is high in nitrogen if you have added a lot of leaves or other brown matter (high in carbon). The presence of carbon and nitrogen is necessary in the correct ratio (2:1).
If your pile is too dry this will prevent it from getting hot too.. The microbes need a moist environment to do their work. Add just enough water to make the pile damp or add moist green food such as vegetable or fruit waste and grass clippings.
When you are using the hot composting method, remember to keep all matter smaller than three inches. This will speed up the process and ensure all matter is broken up evenly., if the mixture has large pieces it can delay the heating up process.
Weather is a factor too. If you are concerned that your compost is not heating up and it is fall or winter– most likely it is too cold for the process to start. You can try insulating your compost pile or wait for the spring.
If the pile is continually drying out look at other factors such as location and what you are adding– you may have to move the bin to a less sunny location or add more wet scraps (fruit and vegetable waste).
Most of the concerns or problems that you will encounter with your compost pile are minor and relatively easy to rectify. The first thing to consider when your pile won’t heat up (when you are using the hot or active compost method) is if you have brown and enough green food added. If you have an established pile that won’t heat up, either your pile is too large or you are not adding enough to start the decomposing
Add just enough water to make the pile damp or add moist green food such as vegetable or fruit waste and grass clippings.