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The Maze Worm Farm: Review

The Maze Worm Farm is a stylish composter that can be used both indoors and outdoors. Read on to learn more about whether this product is right for you and your home composting needs.

Maze Worm Farm

The Maze Worm Farm is a great worm bin to suit any home, no matter how big or small. It is stylish and compact enough to be placed indoors, but rugged enough for outdoor use too. Due to its size, the composter can be easily moved around to find the best spot for your worms without any difficulty. Its simple design makes it easy to use and it often comes packaged with great extras such as worm bedding material. It’s great for small apartments or households that don’t produce a lot of organic waste but still want to recycle. Its affordable price tag makes the Maze Worm Farm an ideal choice!

Maze Worm Farm overview

Maze, an Australian company, designed this worm farm for every day use at home. The container is made from recycled plastic and uses a two tray system. The trays are rotatable meaning worm castings are harvested from the bottom tray when full, which is then replaced as the top tray after emptying. 

Worm saver tray

The composter also comes with a worm saver tray, which is the green tray that slots into the bottom of the base tray. There’s a collection tray underneath the bin where any excess liquid in the bin, aka leachate, collects (this is different to worm tea). The worm saver tray is designed to prevent any worms from falling into the collection tray where they are at risk of drowning. It is also perforated to allow for good aeration, which is vital if you want to make high-quality compost. The leachate can be used on your plants provided it doesn’t smell and is diluted in a 1:10 ratio with water.

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Compact design

The Maze Worm Farm is compact enough to fit anywhere in your home. Due to its size, it is a great option for those who live in an apartment with limited space and only weighs around 14 lbs when full. The worm bin can be fitted with legs (sold separately) to raise it up for easier access. This also allows for a larger container to be placed underneath the worm bin to drain the leachate if required. 

There are certainly some larger, more impressive worm bins on the market, but for its price, the Maze Worm Farm is an ideal choice.

Maze Worm Farm features

2 x Working traysThe two trays are where all the action takes place. They have holes at the bottom to allow the worms to migrate from one tray to the next in search of food. Once the bottom tray is full of castings, just remove it and use the castings on your garden. Simply place the empty tray on top of the other tray and begin the feeding process again.
Worm saver trayStops the worms from falling through to the liquid collection tray and potentially drowning. It also has holes for good air circulation and to allow the leachate to drain out of the above trays.
Liquid collection trayThis is a 1/2 gallon tray that collects all the leachate for you to dispose of or use as liquid fertilizer.
Easy access lidThe lid has a plastic tab used to hang the lid on the side of the trays whilst you feed your worms. A simple, yet thoughtful addition that makes this worm farm even easier to use. 
Dimensions15 inches wide x 15 inches long x 11 inches high without legs (17 inches high with legs).

Pros

  • Compact – The worm farm is small enough for it to fit anywhere inside, or outside your home. Its compact size makes it a perfect choice for small apartments.
  • Eco-friendly – The product is made from recycled plastic that has been diverted from going to landfill. Yet another environmentally friendly reason to get one.
  • Easy to clean and maintain – The fact that it is small makes it easy to dismantle and clean. The trays are easy to remove and rotate which is what you want from a worm farm of this design.
  • Lightweight  This means that it is easy to carry/move around even when full. Great for starting out when you may need to spend some time finding a spot with the right conditions for your worms.

Cons

  • Too small – If you produce a lot of kitchen waste in your household, you may find that the worm farm is just not big enough. In this case, you may be better suited to a bigger worm bin such as the Worm Factory 360.
  • Worms can escape  A few people have found that the lid is not sufficient to prevent worms from escaping the worm bin. To limit the chance of this happening, ensure the conditions inside the bin are just right (e.g. sufficient food, not too dry/wet, out of direct sunlight etc).  
  • Legs sold separately – This isn’t an issue if you have somewhere raised where you can place your worm farm. Still, it would have been nice to have legs included for more options.

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How to use the Maze Worm Farm

Assembly

The Maze worm farm is very easy to setup. Simply add the legs to the base (if you have them), and ensure that the worm saver tray and liquid collector trays are in position. The worm saver tray is green like the lid and simply slides into an opening on one side of the base tray. Place your first working tray on top of the base tray and add a layer of wet newspaper on the bottom. 

Preparing the worm bedding

Next, you want to set up your worm bedding. This is to provide your worms with a safe home before you start adding in your scraps. Coconut coir makes great bedding and is easy to use. Simply soak it for 20-30 mins in a bucket of water and then wring it out before laying it on top of the newspaper. The bedding should feel moist, but not drip too much when squeezed. Next, you want to add your worms and leave them for about a week or so before adding any food scraps.

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Using the trays

You don’t need to add the second tray until the first tray is full. This can take 3-6 months depending on how much food your worms churn through. As you start adding scraps to the top tray, the worms will eventually migrate upwards, leaving the bottom tray full of worm castings. Simply remove the bottom tray, empty the contents and then place it back on top once the other tray is full. Only having two trays makes this a very simple process as opposed to other products wth multiple working trays.

Collecting worm leachate

You’ll need to ensure that you empty your collection tray regularly as the composting process can produce a bit of liquid. You can simply dilute the leachate in a ratio of about 1:9 with water and use it as liquid fertilizer on your plants. Be aware though, that if the leachate smells, it can be a sign that all is not well with your worm farm. Typically this can mean a pH imbalance which can be solved by adding more carbon to your worm farm such as old newspaper or using a compost conditioner.

Read more: Common Problems and How to Fix Them

Things to remember…

  • Frequently clean the worm saver tray. This is to ensure that it does not get clogged and blocked preventing water from draining out of the farm and hindering air circulation.
  • Frequently remove the contents of the working trays to use on your garden once they are full. 
  • Use compost conditioner at least once per week (optional, but recommended). The purpose of the conditioner is to balance the acidity in the compost.
  • Ensure that the lid is tightly closed. This is to prevent any odors from escaping – although typically worm farms shouldn’t smell – and make sure the worms stay inside. Ideally, you should cover the worms with a worm blanket, or old newspaper or hessian. 

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Conclusion

The Maze Worm Farm is a great addition to any home, but is ideally suited for apartments or smaller households. It’s compact and stylish, allowing it to fit in anywhere either inside or outside the house. It comes at a great price, but for slightly more you can get a larger worm bin with more trays. Still, for smaller homes, you really can’t go wrong with the Maze Worm Farm. 

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