A Can-O-Worms worth opening! Our Can-O-Worms Composter comes with 3 Working Trays!
The Can-O-Worms Worm Composter is an odorless, user-friendly worm
composting system that allows anyone to participate in recycling and
enrichment through composting. Whether
you live in an apartment or have a backyard, you can provide organic
for indoor plants and your garden. Stacked ring-upon-ring, each section or
Working Tray (unlike many other companies that sell the Can-O-Worms, our
Can-O-Worms Vermi Composters have 3 working trays included)
worm condo can house thousands of worms for composting year round.
features a tap drain on the lowest ring to collect compost tea directly
source. Harvesting of castings (worm manure) is easy because the worms
way up, leaving their rich castings behind which are readily removed,
worms. The Can O Worms stands on five sturdy legs,
approximately 29" tall x 20" wide. Made
from durable 100% recycled plastic to give many years of vermicomposting
success. Worms may be purchased separately from Abundant Earth. Be sure to use only special
composting redworms for best composting results (you may order these
The picture on the right is a cut-a-way view of the Can-O-Worm Composter
for illustration only.
What are people saying about their
Can-O-Worms Composter from Abundant Earth?
"I was very pleased with the quality of the Can-O-Worms and
was impressed by how easy it was to set up. It was obvious that a lot of
thought had gone into its design. It beats the heck out of all the makeshift
worm farms I have built over the years. The worms usually did okay, but I
always had a lot of difficulty getting to the castings...This is great...I
was also very pleased with your quick and courteous service. Thanks."
Vern - Washington
"I had a great experience ordering my first worm composter from you guys
and speaking with [you] about how it works. [Abundant Earth team members]
answered all of my questions and [were] very friendly and knowledgeable. I'm
really thankful to have come across your website! Thanks...for the great
service!" Christina - Texas
Fascinating Facts about Composting with
the Can-O-Worms Composter:
management and breeding of worms is known as vermiculture
one of nature's ultimate
They can live 15 years or
both male and female
can survive dry and
harsh conditions for long periods of time
They can be
bred easily at home or
They can be
used to recycle
organic waste from your kitchen into valuable fertilizer
which have a neutral pH (around 7)
castings increase the amount
of nutrients to your plants by up
castings increase crop and
increase the level of
essential microbial activity in the soil
consume their own body
weight in food every day
in population every 2-3 months (in ideal conditions)
worms are right for you?
There are 100's of species of earthworms,
with many different
habits. So it is important to make sure you have the right earthworms
application. The type of worms recommended for use in
are Redworms, which are the most common composter worms. Redworms
in an organic-rich environment where moisture is maintained throughout
Redworms will produce worm manure called castings, or vermicompost,
used in your garden as a soil improver. These castings can be added to
pots as an
potting mixture, around plants as a top dress fertilizer, or as an
seed raising mixes. In addition, they can also be used to feed the
found in your garden, which work it well through your garden soil.
Worms are nature's own recyclers, converting your kitchen scraps and
waste, and in the process creating a nutrient-rich
Frequently Asked Questions:
Earth is happy to be able to provide this page of commonly
questions about the Can-O-Worms, with answers gleaned from experts from
field of vermiculture. In this section, you will find answers and hints
will ensure the most efficient use of your Can-O-Worms.
What's included with my Abundant Earth
You will receive a Top Cover, 3 Working Trays, a Collector Tray (bottom),
Spigot, 5 Legs and an organic coconut coir brick bedding block. Worms are not
included. However, they may be ordered separately. Just click the Add to Cart
button below on worm quantity of your choice or click on the Add to Cart button
on the Can-O-Worms. Then, on the shopping cart page, choose your worm selection
from the drop-down option offered just under the Can-O-Worms.
should I feed my worms?
will eat many things, for example:
Left over vegetable scraps, fruit and vegetable peelings
Manures (well aged)
Tea leaves / bags and coffee grounds
Vacuum cleaner dust or hair clippings (also animal)
Torn up newspapers, egg or pizza cartons (soaked first)
Washed, crushed egg shells (these will help with the pH balance)
NOT add meat scraps or dairy products (no animal products)
shouldn't I feed my worms?
As mentioned above, it's important that you
DO NOT FEED your worms any form of meat or dairy products. Also, take
precautions in regards to the items you feed
worms, particularly if you are unaware of its source. Manures for
horses, cattle or dogs often have Vermicides still active in it that
designed to kill parasitic worms in the animal. They can kill all your
one day. We recommend you allow the manures to age before you use them. In
general, we do not recommend using manures from household pets/companion
can I obtain my compost worms?
Right here at Abundant Earth. Simply order
your worms from the
bottom of this web page, or call us at 1-888-51-EARTH to place your
order. You may purchase a minimum of 1 pound of Redworms (around 800 to 1200 worms
per pound). However, we recommend ordering 2 or more pounds of worms for much speedier results!
much will my worms eat?
depends on how many worms you
have. Worms can eat up to half their own body weight every day and can
their population every few months. If you start your Can-O-Worms with
mature worms (identify mature worms by a distinct ring shaped swelling
their body) they will consume up to 1/2 a pound of scraps per day.
After a few
months you should have 2000 worms and you can feed them more. The baby
however, won't eat much and will take about 3 months to mature. As you
familiar with them you will learn their rate of food consumption.
can I help my worms to eat more?
will feed at a faster rate
once they have adapted to any new food source. Worms will also eat more
kitchen scraps are mashed, blended or food processed. Controlling
around 75 degrees F will improve the overall performance of your
will leave very acidic food such as onions and orange peels until after
have eaten their preferred foods. A handful of garden lime every few
help to balance the effect of acidic foods.
I feed my worms garden refuse?
usually. Your Can-O-Worms is
designed to break down soft organic waste. Slow composting organic
as garden refuse are best dealt with by conventional aerobic composting
had my Can-O-Worms for nearly a month now, but the worms don't seem to
worms may be eating your
bedding material if you have used manure or compost in addition to your
Can-O-Worms Bedding Block. If that is the case, the worms will eat
before eating any introduced food. If just the bedding block is used,
should readily eat introduced food waste.
I add water to the Can-O-Worms?
of the Can-O-Worms will
enhance the production of liquid fertilizer. Food wastes are about 80%
which is released as the worms break them down. This will tend to stay
bedding for a long time before eventually draining out. If you pour a
water over the hessian and scraps each week or two, and then place the
bucket under the open tap, you will have a constant supply of liquid
The sudden 'flood' will not harm the worms
but will simulate a
heavy rain fall. Any dry material such as newspaper or cardboard should
pre-soaked before being added to the Can-O-Worms. It is important to
moist hessian bag or wet newspaper over the freshly added food to
worms to move up to feed off the surface. This will provide a dark,
I get too many worms?
you can never have too many
worms. They self-regulate their population to the confines of available
and the amount of food you give them. Worm concentration should reach
(about 15,000 to 20,000 worms) after 2 - 5 years.
I put compost worms in the garden?
if you have a thick surface
layer of mulch in your garden. Compost worms require moist conditions
round because they don't tunnel deep like pasture worms to find
moisture. If you
cannot provide this environment in your garden, don't introduce compost
"brand new" worms seem unsettled, and are squirming all over the
place. Some are even escaping the Can-O-Worms!
What's going on?
This crazy worm behavior is a normal phenomenon called
"worm run." It is fairly normal for the worms to "run" until
they get settled in, and it can take about a week for most of them to
do this and work their way towards the food.
You may have a few dried up escapees when you set up your worm bin, but
honestly, they do settle in time.
aren't the worms moving up from the lower levels into the top working
situation could arise in two
ways. First, you may be adding new food too soon before the worms can
previous food. This will result in a lot of uneaten food being
through the system and a general reluctance by the worms to migrate
whilst they can still access food lower in the system. Before adding
stop feeding the worms for at least a week to ensure that all existing
the lower tray has been eaten.
Worms will then move up to consume food
from the surface as this
is their natural behavior pattern. Secondly, you may not have waited
level of worm castings to pass the line on the inside of the tray
the next tray. This will create a gap preventing the worms from
reaching the top
about severe temperatures?
will tolerate a wide
temperature range from about 50 degrees to 85 degrees F. If it gets
than this, make sure the Can-O-Worms is in a shady cool position. Take
off and hose the whole unit down, keeping the bottom drainage tap
turned on. If
you live in an area that suffers from frosts, put your Can-O-Worms in
warmest possible position, an example being your laundry, garage or
shed. If it
is on a balcony or in the backyard, then cover the unit with old
carpet padding or old blankets to keep some warmth in. Feed them a
food waste which will create some warmth as they decompose.
raining and the worms seem to be gathering in the lid. What do I do?
you are noticing is the worms
sensitivity to pressure changes in the weather. They will often go up
lid even before it rains. In nature, this takes them out of the soil to
them flooding and drowning. Move the Can-O-Worms out of the rain. Take
out of the lid and replace them in the bedding.
the little white worms in my Can-O-Worms baby earthworms?
baby earthworms are not white,
but clear to opaque, before developing a reddish color. They are just
this stage. The 'white worm' you are noticing is a type of worm called
entrachyadids. They will not hurt compost worms but they do indicate
conditions, which can be overcome by the regular addition of a handful
By placing a piece of moist bread in your Can-O-Worms, you can also
white worms to a small area for easy removal. It is important to note
organisms that may appear in your Can-O-Worms (such as large
minute red mites and large soldier fly larvae) are beneficial to the
of organic material, so there is no need to remove them.
do I keep ants out of my Can-O-Worms?
will likely enter your Can-O-Worms
if you have a lot of them in your backyard and particularly if you have
bedding become too dry or acidic. Add water to raise the moisture level
and add a
liberal quantity of garden lime to where the ants are gathering. This
discourage them. If they persist, remove them physically and smear some Vegelatum (non-petroleum jelly) around the legs or place each leg in a
of water to isolate the system.
the Can-O-Worms attract flies?
the Can-O-Worms is fly-proof
against household flies. Sometimes the very small vinegar fly (often
for the fruit fly) gets in, but these do no harm. However, very large
the vinegar fly may indicate that you are feeding the Can-O-Worms too
may be a prelude to problems such as offensive odors. To eradicate
flies, slow your rate of feeding to what the worms will eat on a daily
you experience any influx
of maggots, it will most likely be the soldier fly or vinegar fly
soldier fly larvae grow up to an inch big starting out white but soon
dark gray with distinct ribbing bands. Fishermen say they make great
vinegar fly larvae are small, usually 1/4 inch or less. Don't be too alarmed if they appear. They
beneficial to the waste breakdown. If you want to remove them though,
do so by
liberally applying lime, or placing bread soaked in milk on the surface
compost. Larvae love bread and should infest it. Remove the bread after
and dispose of it.
the Can-O-Worms smell?
only smell associated with a
well maintained Can-O-Worms is a pleasant rainforest odor. If your
has an offensive smell, it is an indication that anaerobic bacteria
up in the system in uneaten food wastes. Stop feeding the worms and
wastes in the top tray lightly with a garden fork adding lime as well.
aerates the organic material and allows worms to move through it more
Repeat this aeration procedure regularly to prevent recurrence. Start
again when all smells are gone.
an established Can-O-Worms
for 3-4 weeks without constantly adding food is not a problem. Just
worms a good quantity of food waste (1/3 of a tray full) before you
sure that you leave the unit in a cool place under cover and leave the
with a container under it. Putting a soaked newspaper on top of your
worms will give added protection against their bedding drying out.
worms are in the collector tray...what should I do?
are many reasons why the
worms will move down into the Collector Tray. To encourage the worms to
to the First Working Tray a standard ice cream container upside down in
center of the Collector Tray on top of newspaper and covered by
provide the worms a path from the Collector Tray preventing the worms
During the hot Summer and cold Winter months worm orders may be held for weeks
until temperatures are more moderate, and worms are likely to survive shipping (No worm shipments to
call 1-888-513-2784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a shipping quote to
Alaska/Hawaii. Typically, shipping/handling to Hawaii is approximately $100+ and to Alaska approximately $125+ for one
Can-O-Worms. Comes with a 5 year
warranty on materials/workmanship.
Please allow approximately 1 - 2 weeks for delivery