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Worm factory–the factory with a green purpose

By Andrea Patin

I wanted to start composting, but our yard is pretty small.  We don’t have space for a big bin or an open plot of earth to create a pile, so I ordered a The Worm Factory 360.  It proves to be the perfect size for our fruit and veggie scraps, eggshells and some junk mail.  This type of composting appealed to me not only because of the size and containment, but also because I can add new scraps while leaving the nearly ready fertilizer in peace for its final days before going into the garden. I want to have some rich soil to use throughout the year rather than every so often.

The Worm Factory contains four trays that are in different stages of decomposition.  As the worms smell the “new” food, they wiggle their way to the next tray up when their current tray has been consumed.  The Factory came by mail with a few pounds of worms, and now those little guys are growing in numbers as they enjoy their yummy bits… and leaving behind their yummy bits to strength the earth.  Never did I think I would enjoy worms so much!

I was a bit concerned about the potential bugs, but they never seem to be too bad.  There are fruit flies during different times of year, but that is no big deal.  We have had a tower for almost a year, and these little worms have created ultra rich fertilizer for our garden and plants.  Sometimes I even toss some worms into the garden to help aerate the soil.

Andrea Liddle is yoga teacher, body worker and doula whose daily green living is a true inspiration.

About Andrea Patin

Andrea Patin is Marketing Director, Product Reviewer and Green-Mom’s right-hand woman. She is a fellow crunchy gal who is passionate about learning, practicing and sharing ways to live more sustainably. Since 2003 she has had a career in the Holistic Arts as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist; as well as a Registered Yoga Instructor and Certified Birth Doula for many years. For fun she has taken multiple courses in Peace Studies and Urban Agriculture at the local community college. She is a foodie, so growing, cooking, sharing and eating organic is a norm. In her free time, she explores creative ways to develop her urban homestead. Andrea lives happily in San Diego with her husband and son.

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  1. Awesome! We just started composting a few weeks ago! Right now we are just using a small trash can with a lid. I am very surprised how quickly it all has turned to dirt/soil! Maybe I should add some worms! How big is your worm tower? It looks great! It might be on my birthday list!

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