The Worm Factory 360 and The Earth Moved (With Video!)

by Genevieve on March 21, 2012

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When I first bought my own home years ago, there was one fact that made me particularly happy: as a responsible grownup and a homeowner, I was now allowed to get any pets that I darn well wanted, so long as I could take good care of them. No landlords or reluctant parents to tell me I couldn’t!

Chickens were an easy sell to my other half, since we love eggs, as were a couple of kittens. But after that, I started hitting a wall. “Guinea pigs!” I suggested. “Bunnies!” “Geckos!” Each of these brilliant suggestions was met with a dubious stare. Perhaps there were still some limitations on the pet front.

But when I read about vermicomposting, I realized that here was a pet that was useful, quiet, didn’t need their litter box changed, and wouldn’t get snippy with me if I went on vacation. There was still a doubtful eyebrow raise about the relative awesomeness of worms as pets, but there was hardly any reasonable objection to be made. I was to become a proud keeper of worms.

Figuring I’d better learn a little more about my new choice of pet, I picked up a copy of Amy Stewart’s The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. Even setting aside my new enthusiasm about worms, the book kept me rapt until the wee hours of the night, learning about the relatives of my new pets. Amy has a knack of finding the story in anything, and the curious tales of worms, and the scientists and business people who work with them, read like a thrilling bit of fiction. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up!

And I discovered that worms made me very popular at cocktail parties (at least at the type of cocktail parties I go to). Nothing like  bit of worm trivia, delivered with a cheerful grin, to perk up a boring conversation. Fern Richardson apparently agrees; she started the Twitter hashtag #WormFact to share her favorite tidbits. The fact I can’t get over? There is a type of worm, I believe in Oregon, with lily-scented slime. LILY-scented! I wish I could keep them as pets.

Anyway, we all know the benefits of worm castings: great for seed starting (helps prevent damping-off), helps retain moisture for hanging baskets or container plants, and generally full of good stuff for the soil. Being able to grab a handful of castings anytime is a great way of giving plants a boost.

worm factory 360 (4)And this is why I’ve been using a proper worm bin, the Worm Factory 360, instead of some manner of DIY setup – the castings are super-easy to harvest. My first boss as a gardener had a DIY worm bin in a large tupperware, and on the first rainy day of the year, she had us spend a very long few hours harvesting the castings. It went like this: pick out worms, one by one by one, and after two hours of tedious worm-picking, my boss was able to use the harvested castings in her containers. I am tired just thinking about it.

But a proper worm bin has three or four levels, so as the lower levels fill up with worm castings, you just start adding your vegetable scraps to a higher level to lure the worms up out of the old castings so you can use them. If you’re impatient, something like melon or pumpkin guts will draw them up very fast, and you’ll feel like a rock star when you see how happy the worms are wallowing in their melon bits. It’s not too hard to be a good worm parent, as long as you eat your vegetables and have some occasional peelings, guts or rinds to share.

The Worm Factory 360 is easily the nicest bin I have tried. It is small and square, so it fits under a sink or among a container garden with relative ease, and the flat, sturdy top means you can set a cute pot on top to disguise it. It comes in black, green, or terra cotta, and it kind of looks like a modern little table of some kind once you get it set up. It’s certainly not an eyesore, which is more than I can say about the cats’ litterbox!

Would you like to try your hand at vermicomposting? Amy Stewart and the Worm Factory have teamed up to offer an amazingly awesome giveaway: A copy of The Earth Moved to get you inspired, and a Worm Factory 360 to get you started! Just leave a comment to enter and I’ll pick the lucky winner on Wednesday the 28th. US only. Good luck!

Congrats to Karen of Le Jardinet, who has won! And if you’d like a special discount on The Worm Factory, visit this link until April 30th 2012.

{ 124 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina March 21, 2012 at 12:35 am

What a wonderful post! I have been looking at starting vermicomposting this year. I would love to be entered in this drawing.

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Laura March 21, 2012 at 3:33 am

Nice clear, to the point post. I would like to enter the contest. I’ve been toying with the idea of keeping worms so if I win, I’ll take that as a clear sign to do it!

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Mary March 21, 2012 at 6:06 am

Great post! My DIY worm bin was a bust when all the wiggly worms escaped. I like the ease this small bin appears to provide and would like to enter the drawing.

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Kathy M. March 21, 2012 at 6:07 am

We’ve been itching to try our hands at vermicomposting! Please enter me in the drawing!

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Chris N March 21, 2012 at 6:18 am

I see Amy is following in famous footsteps. In 1881, twenty two years after his more famous “On the Origin of Species” Charles Darwin published his book “The formation of vegetable mould, through the action of worms”. It was a culmination of forty years of study. Darwin showed that, instead of being a pest, which was the common view at the time, worms were responsible for all of the arable land in Great Britain.

I know Amy refers to Darwin’s book in hers. Darwin’s genius was to look at a common creature which everyone took for granted and discover it’s true nature. I think some current lawn chemical companies ought to read both books.

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Sarah March 21, 2012 at 6:39 am

I’ve taken a class on it through my local extension office, but I just moved out of my apartment to a house. This would be a lovely way to enrich the dozens of basil seedlings my husband has under grow lights!

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Jen. March 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

As if a home with 2 dogs, a cat, two young boys, & a husband isn’t enough, I’d love to add a few 100 worms to the mix! It would help with the composting in the winter, most certainly!

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Sandra Knauf March 21, 2012 at 6:59 am

Count me in the drawing, please. I love worms, I’ve been hankering for a composting setup for years, and this “worm factory” looks incredible. (And I am just as excited about the chance to win Amy Stewart’s book!)

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Martha March 21, 2012 at 7:03 am

I would love to win the book and bin. My husband teaches science at an inner city elementary school and this would be an awesome addition to his science kits.

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Erin March 21, 2012 at 7:06 am

Thank you for a really enticing giveaway! I’d love to be entered, and already am using a big sheetrock bucket to keep worms below my kitchen sink–I’d love to upgrade to something I don’t have to pick worms from by hand when I want to use the castings!

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Tami March 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

It would be great to start vermicomposting at work.

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Humboldtjen March 21, 2012 at 7:20 am

I’ve been using a DYI worm bin for a couple of years now…started as a recycled dresser drawer, now I’m using a big plastic bin…but I would love a proper bin, that would be so handy!

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Salud Garcia March 21, 2012 at 7:25 am

I would love to have a proper bin! The worm bin in the basement isn’t quite up to the challenge of a vegan household and it’s a little too interesting to my dog!

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Diana March 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

I love hearing how you got started with your pets and worms – lol haven’t we all been there? I want one of this and one of that… :) I am so excited to try my hand at raising earthworms. My dad had them in an old discarded bathtub in the woods by our garden in Georgia for years. A piece of old carpet on top protected them from predators. Pretty old school but it worked! I’ll have to try something indoors myself as we live in Colorado where it is arid and we have a lot of weather extremes. Can’t wait though!

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Anne Murphy March 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

I have loved Amy’s book, The Earth Moved, since I first encountered it some years back. I keep meaning to create a worm composting bin, but . . . To win one would be simply frabjous.

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Deb March 21, 2012 at 7:38 am

I’ve been lobbying for pet worms for a while now — your description of the bin set among containers with a plant on top has won over the nay-sayers!

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Dave March 21, 2012 at 7:54 am

Great description, have been using a compost bin for most kitchen waste but old bread pieces i cant as its too attractive to our local critters so hoping t start a worm bin at some point to make use of stuff i can’t put through my compost bins.

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Terry March 21, 2012 at 8:02 am

Oooh! I have always wanted to have a worm bin. Gave up trying to get my husband to make me one, so winning this would really get me started right.

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Vicky March 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

I don’t have the space (or energy) for a traditional compost pile, and I hate seeing all those veggie peelings go in the garbage. This sounds like a great solution.

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Kristine March 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

I would love to win! I have a traditional compost bin but I still need more compost than it can produce. Thank you for the chance.

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roc_phd March 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

Oh, I love my worms. My mother-in-law has recently expressed interest and I’d love to help her get started with one of these. Our worms live happily in our basement. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Pete March 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

I guess I’ll try to “worm” my way into this contest!

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Terry March 21, 2012 at 8:37 am

My family raised and sold worms when I was a child. I’ve always had a fondness for worms and would love to have a bin to get started.

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Debbie March 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

This thing is AWESOME! Please enter me in the contest. I can’t wait to become a “worm parent”!

Thanks!

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Trisha March 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

all my home made worm bins have not turned out well. i need a manual apparently…

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sheila fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

this would be a great item for my garden!

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Cathy March 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

LOVE VERMICOMPOSTING WOULD LOVE TO WIN…THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

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KarenV March 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and a worm bin. Perfect for my little urban homestead.

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Karen March 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

This would be a great addition to our large garden. I’m eager to read the book.

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Athena Roth March 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

Oh!! Would so love to win this! Thanks for the chance! Athena

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shelley March 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

This would be fantastic as a teaching tool for the urban garden/farm I volunteer with.

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Michael Martz March 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

Would love a worm factory and book! :)

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Thad March 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

Would love to read the book and add a worm farm to our developing landscape at our new house!

Cheers!

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heather March 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

With a brand new yard to plant, a raised garden to cultivate, and a North Carolina native crop garden/bed going in this season, worms would do nicely!

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Wendy March 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

I lost my business and home due to the recession…..it turned out to be great for me because it has simplified my life and given me more time where my heart is (with my children) and able to pursue things I enjoy like nature and worms! I have the 360 worm factory on my “wish list” due to finances and would love to possibly sell worm castings at a local farmer’s market to make extra money. My boyfriend says he will be so embarrassed to say his girlfriend peddles worm poo…..let’s test him and see what happens! Thanks for the chance!

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Laura Bell March 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

Would I like a worm bin ? YES! Please ! It’s not for me, you see (I have one at home that’s busy & thriving). It’s for the gardening/environmental program at my kids’ school. We’ve got a garden going, tiny though it may be. And being the frugalista that I am, we’ve made it work remarkably cheaply. Free seeds, free compost, free labor … Our science teacher extraordinaire & staff garden coordinator is thrilled at the idea of keeping a worm bin in the cafeteria as a way to teach the kids a few things about worms, about soil & decomposition. The school cook is excited, too, at the prospect of having even a small compost bin. But worm bins don’t come cheap, and our program doesn’t even have a shoestring to run on. It would be so wonderful if I could present this to the school with some of my homegrown worms. Oh – I hope, I hope, I hope !

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Terri Price March 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Would love to win the worm bin! It would live in my basement and be very, very happy! Red wrigglers ROCK!

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Mike Sheaffer March 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Great article!.
As a long-time composter myself, I have just recently become interested in Vermicomposting and have been trying to learn all I can about how to raise worms and reap the benefits of their compost-making abilities.
Is it true that you can have them in the house-that the worm factory does not stink?
In any event-I am hoping to be picked to win the Worm Factory and find out for myself/ I want to get started as soon as possible-could sure use the compost for the spring planting…:)
Mike

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Robyn R. March 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Wonderful! I keep forgetting to take my kitchen scraps to the yard waste bin. This would be excellent!

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Jill March 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I’d love to try this – thanks for the chance to win!

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Michelle March 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Can’t wait to read the book and hopefully start a worm bin at work!

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karen March 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

So here’s my comment and I hope I win: Worms is good!

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Jessika March 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

We’re the go-to house for composting, chickens, and other outdoorsy endeavors, and I’d love to add worms to the mix! What a great resource for my garden AND a great teaching tool for my neighbors and their (very inquisitive) children! Plus, it would help nourish our garden which will be making a front-yard roaring appearance this summer in addition to the already-exisiting backyard garden! So please– pick us!

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Jessika March 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

PS: The chickens are excellent video co-stars. :)

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Crystal March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’ve been wanting one of these for years, just haven’t found the funds….and the compost pile was there ;)

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Liz Clark March 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Would love to win a Worm Factory! Perfect for spring and I am thinking my son can use it for a Scout or school project!

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Janet Kensicki March 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

A friend forwarded an article about worm composting to me a few days ago and I was enthralled and immediately showed the Worm Factory to my husband. Was very excited about buying one, but hope to win one instead. Thanks to Terry, who guided me to worm composting.

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Annie March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

My wormies have been living in a couple of old recycling bins for a few years…but I’m not sure they’re happy there. I think they would like an upgrade!

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Phil (Smiling Gardener) March 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I always build my own worm bins, but I could see the 360 being worth it. Harvesting compost from a basic homemade bin can be a bit of a pain.

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meg- grow and resist March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I would love to start worm composting! I was just talking to my 4 year old about worms today when we were planting seeds. I’ll be taking a Master Composter course in a few weeks and had been wanting to get into worms, so this would be great!

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Susan W. March 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I’ve been composting for a few years and I have been researching vermicomposting the last few weeks. This would definitely get me started on my own pet worms!

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Gmarieb March 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

What a great wedding present for my niece. She’s 28 years old, recently married and is realizing all the virtuous moments in life relate to good old fashion hard work and love of the land. Let’s see, do I give her the book or the bin? (LOL)

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Maria Zannini March 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

As long as hubby doesn’t have to touch it, he doesn’t mind what I raise. LOL. But this is definitely a much better idea than the one I had planned to build.

I’d love to win this if only for the sparkling dinner conversation I’d create with it. :)

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Kelly March 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I have been composting for years and have two large compost bins for my horse manure & kitchen scraps but have never tried composting with worms – I would love to try!

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Amanda March 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Right now I am doing ‘rat composting’ in one of those Darth Vader head composters which provides my cat with hours of entertainment, and in honesty they turn the compost like you wouldn’t believe, however, in the interests of being a good urban citizen, I need to switch to a species that never carries the plague. Good plan Y/Y?

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Crystal March 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I just LOVE worms! What a silly thing to say, but it’s true! I would really enjoy owning Amy’s wonderful book and that facinating worm bin!

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Lisa March 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I have been using worm castings on my plants for a couple of years now. Nothing can compare to them, nothing. I would love to be able to use my own worm castings. Hope I’m lucky enough to win!

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Lauren A. March 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I’ve always wanted a better method of composting my food scraps than I have now and this would get me moving on it. Plus it would give the cats something new to inspect and jump on while I read up on worms.

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Lisa D. March 22, 2012 at 3:34 am

I’ve been buying worm castings for my garden, but I can’t wait to make my own. Thank you!

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Kay Wade March 22, 2012 at 4:58 am

I have been picking every single little itty bitty baby worm OUT of the compost bin so I can make worm tea without losing (or drowning) my babies and it is SO FREAKING TEDIOUS! I love my widdle worms, and I’ll love them even more when they wiggle their little butts out of the castings on their own.

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Carolyn March 22, 2012 at 5:01 am

Just the info I need on the Worm Factory 360. BTW, is it true that worms travel in herds?

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Denise March 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

I also get blank stares when I suggest a pet. My kids love to play with worms in the garden, the book and bin would give us a new appreciation for all worms do.

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Christine J March 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

Thank you for the information. You have motivated me to try something new and beneficial.

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

Those are some really pretty chickens you have! I love worms!

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Debra Lacy March 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

Having a relatively small urban lot area to garden in, I’ve been wanting to try a worm bin for awhile. This system sounds really convenient and easy to use. Best of all, it can go in your kitchen or near it in the yard.

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Karen Tandy March 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thank you so much for this chance to win the book and the worm composting. I have never tried this and it sounds so much better than my compost pile. Altho I couldnt do with out it!! It isn’t called Black Gold for nothing. I garden organically and always need more compost to feed my graden friends. I am anxious to learn more about this.

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Roseology March 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

I use worm casting on my Roses and it does amazing things for them. Also worm tea as a folier food. I would love to add a Worm Factory 360 to my worm composting tools and I know ‘The Earth Moved’ will be just the right addition to my every growing library of Rose and Organic Gardening books.
Organic Roses is not an oxymoron.

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Marie W March 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

This article was great. I have been wanting to compost for years. Since I don’t have much space for regular composting, I have wanted to worm compost. This would get me started.

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tropaeolum March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Oh lord, now you’ve sold me on WORMS!

I mean, I’ve always loved worms, but now I want to nurture and cultivate worms. We gardeners are a crazy bunch.

I’m moving to Delaware in June and this might be the perfect thing for rental house/apartment living. Landlords don’t usually like piles of compost, so a worm bin sounds fantastic. And easy to use to boot. Doesn’t get better than that!

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Nancy March 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I’ve had a couple of very basic worm boxes and the kitchen waste was easily put to another use.

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Karen March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Worms, my cats hunt worms, they dig for them and carry the poor little wrigglers into the house. I usually discover this with my bare feet. yuch. A worm bin would be wonderful as I could appreciate worms and know they are safe from kitty worm-predators. And I promise to read “The Earth Moved” to the cats so they will respect their wriggly neighbors and not play with them.

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Ed Remsrola March 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

WORMS! Oooo! Oooo! Pick me!

Did I really just type that? Well, if I mention how darned cute you are, will I have a better chance a winning? :^)

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Karin Steinhauer March 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I would Sooo love to get a worm bin and finally learn how to use one! Now that I’ve started a vegetable garden I have more veggie waste that I could feed to the little buggers.
Thanks for the info

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Kay March 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Although I have no formal experience with worm ranching, I would love to try!

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Jen March 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

We’ve completely wanted to start a wormery, and it keeps getting pushed back in our budget. Crossing all my fingers!!

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Sandy March 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Amy’s book sounds amazing and winning a real worm bin would shorten my long standing wish list, have been interested in vermiculture for many years.

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Suzy March 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

The book *is* great and I’d love a chance to win the worm composter!

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Lisa D. March 22, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I buy worm castings for my backyard garden and the results are amazing. I would love to be able to make my own. Thank you for this opportunity!

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Claudia March 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

About 15 years ago a friend at work gave me some of her worm castings. What an amazing gift! Now I’ve retired and have more time to devote to my favorite pastime, gardening. I would love to get started with this worm factory and teach my little grandsons all about it.

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Melanie March 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

I love worms! My five-year-old daughter builds “worm houses” in the garden and lavishes them with “special dirt” when she unearths them. She definitely got her affinity for worms from her mother.

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Ellen March 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I’ve been wanting one of these for years!

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Betty Jo March 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I would love to win the book and bin. I’ve always bought worm castings for my soil and would love the chance to get this start on some great soil.

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Susan Bulger March 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

I try to save every worm I see. Early in the morning after a rain I walk certain streets in my neighborhood where numerous worms get stranded in the street gutters. A credit card-like plastic piece helps in picking them up. Last rainstorm I got a 16 oz. container 3/4 full. They get a nice home in my compost pile where they multiply like crazy. I really appreciate the work they do and regret the tons of them that must get washed miles to the ocean. Help yourself folks.

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Li March 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

A worm bin that fits in a container garden? I NEED it! I’ve tried using worm castings to prevent damping off of my tomato seedlings this year, and it really worked. Who woulda thought?

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Mary Lou March 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

Planning to start vermicomposting this year, so enter me in the contest!

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Maxus March 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I would love to have a worm factory!

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Maxine March 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I’ve been about to do worm composting for a couple years now, but I could never find a worm bin that was just right. I think the 360 is it. It meets all my needs, and if worms love melons and vegetable parts, they’ll be ecstatic to live in a mine.

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Catie March 25, 2012 at 3:15 am

I have never tried this, but have always wanted to. Thanks for providing the possible opportunity!

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Angeline March 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

I just bought my first house, so maybe it’s time for a bunch of new worm pets!

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Wendy March 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

I would SO love to try this!!!

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Sue Schwartz March 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

want my own worm factory !

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Sarah Z March 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’ve been using a DIY bin for awhile, but would absolutely LOVE a “proper” bin. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Patricia March 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Like Genevieve I also spent an afternoon removing worms from their casings but on the beautiful island of Kauai! Oh, the things I could have been doing instead … swimming, snorkeling, hiking, sitting on a beach watching the glory of the ocean…ah well. I provided free labor to help a friend and left with misconception of how miserable keeping worms could be.

I would love to have my own little pets and to do so without such great labor would be a joy. Please enter me into your drawing and thank you for this delightful opportunity!

Patricia

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Gerardo A March 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Hello – I’d love to win the book and wom bin. Thanks for having the contest!

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Alexander March 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’ve just really started gardening and this would be an amazing thing to get into really full swing of it all. Plus worms are cool.

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Cheryl Bennett March 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

Fascinating! I have been interested in this for a while now. Please enter me in the drawing.

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Stevie (@Garden_Therapy) March 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

ooo – oooo! I want this worm bin. Pleaseeeee.

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Stevie (@Garden_Therapy) March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

PS, I’m in Canada but I have a US mailing address. Can I still be entered? Worms!

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Kim Massare March 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

We would love to be able to use the Worm Factory for educational lessons at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia!

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Manette Gutterman March 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

I have started a compost and need some worms! This bin would be much better than what I’ve got!

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Martha B March 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

We have the perfect spot for worm composting!

We share the backyard of our four-unit apartment building. I do most of the gardening but we all are friends and spend time together in the back yard hanging out, cooking and working on projects.

We live in Washington, DC, surrounded by lush yard gardens and balcony hideaways with container gardens at all heights. We live across the street from a community garden and urban farm. I’ve shared our spring gardening progress on twitter (@TheSoilToil) and tumblr (same name). We’re assembling DIY projects on thesoiltoil.com to encourage beginner gardeners to get out there and grow!

Vermiculture makes urban gardening even easier by making your fertilizer right were you garden.

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lorri March 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

yes!!! i would love to when those worms.Ive been trying to create worms w/ my compost and no such luck..

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Jennie March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

I must have a fondness for worms. who’da thunk it? Last weekend I was edging my front walk using a squared off shovel. it hasn’t been done in a while so I had pretty big chunks of grass/dirt. before I threw it all in the trash I delicately crumbled the earth to be sure I saved the worms for my yard.
thank you for this winning opportunity.

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Breanna Freeman March 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I am in the early stages of developing a non-profit of cultivating low-income and/or at-risk youth thru “hands on” urban farming. This book and bin would be greatly appreciated as it will teach the youth another aspect of farming.

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Carla March 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

oh we have been planning to start a worm compost this year! my kids adore collecting worms so it seems the perfect mix for them and my garden :) thanks for the contest!

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Erin @ The Impatient Gardener March 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

OK, but did you name your worms?

Seriously … this would be super fun!

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Michael Martz March 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

One of these would be awesome for our apartment!!

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Tina McElhattan March 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I always wanted to try this. I already raise mealworms in a bin for the bluebirds. Good luck everyone.

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Karen Chapman March 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hilarious worm fun!

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Kirsten G. March 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I say YES to worm poo!!!! Haven’t started my own worm bin yet, but this would give me just the nudge I need to finally get to it!!

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Julie Irwin March 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

Great post! My twins love helping with the garden and LOVE worms! We have been talking about setting up a compost site in our yard~ this would be perfect!

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Petie Reed March 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

Worms, I need worms! Love the blog post.

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Loriena Harrington March 27, 2012 at 5:44 am

I am itching to get a ‘proper’ bin! I have a tub right now and it is a mess to deal with. My sister is actually going to start her worm farm too–so we could certainly use some worms to get her started too….mine have not gotten to the right population level yet.

Thanks!

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Heather Hotaling March 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

What a great idea and a show of teamwork—Amy and the Worm Factory! I have a DIY one and it is horrible and A LOT of work BUT it is great for showing kids! Worms are a pet that one can have almost EVERYWHERE and pretty much take care of themselves unlike the dog or cat that soon become “old news” LOL I have 3 rescue cats and 2 are very fond of the worms—they like to see the food go in and if I am not careful they like to see if THEY can get in to play with the worms! YUCK

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Tomoyo March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

How exciting!!! Worm Factory?! I’ve never heard there is such a thing!
Sure I’d love to enter the draw.
I’ve started my own vegetable garden several years ago, and noticed that some areas have NO worms, which make me and veggies sad. I’m crossing fingers.

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Lesha March 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Found your lovely blog from Garden Rant. Thanks for including a chance to win the worm bin and book!

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Brandon March 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I would love to win this! Thanks for the contest!

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Diana March 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I would SO LOVE to win this! I’ve been dying to try it. Thank you for the chance to win!!

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Leslie March 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

This would be a great time to start up a worm bin…and I think the kids in my child care would get a huge amount of fun out of it!

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Frederique Lavoipierre March 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

This would be SO great to add to the ‘composting methods’ demo area we are adding to the Garden Classroom at SSU! We offer hands-on school gardening and resources for university students (and credential program students), K-12 teachers and school garden coordinators, and the local community.
It would be wonderful to have a new copy of ‘The Earth Moved’. My signed first edition disappeared – I hope it went to a worthy worm enthusiast!
p.s. Maybe you have seen this article on earthworms – if not:
http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/garden-allies/70/1/
Frederique

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andrea @grwhryrpltd March 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

i’ve been meaning to start a worm composting bin… and read amy’s book! lord knows the rodents in our garden have gourmet tastes… i’m sure the worms will be more welcome and discreet.

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Deidre March 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This is an aweseome give away!

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Ima Fishman March 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

OMG! I can’t believe I didn’t find this site sooner. I love it!

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Lynne Cody March 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

I have always picked the worms up off of the sidewalks after a rain. I did not know that there was a book such as this on worms. I will probably go ahead and buy the book if I do not win it as worms have always facinated me.

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