Help the environment and your garden with Tui and Tumbleweed

Recycling organic waste is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. Plus it’s a fun, inexpensive way to produce rich worm tea or nutritious compost to get your garden blooming.

Tui Products Ltd has partnered with Tumbleweed, as the New Zealand distributor of Tumbleweed worm farms and composting systems, to encourage every household, business and school to get involved in recycling organic waste.

Approximately 50% of New Zealand’s household waste is organic and currently, much of it goes into landfill, which is bad for the environment and incredibly wasteful – especially when you consider the great benefits it could have if it was properly recycled. To lead the way in organic recycling, Tumbleweed manufactures a range of compost bins and worm farms, from recycled plastics, to suit every household and every gardener.

Tumbleweed has developed worm farms in all shapes and sizes, which are a convenient and simple way to recycle your kitchen waste. The Can-O-Worms has been designed to make organic recycling loads of fun for kids, while the classy Worm Café is designed for apartments and terraces. Tumbleweed’s composting bins are perfect for composting organic kitchen waste, grass clippings and cuttings from large gardens.

Tumbleweed’s commitment to the environment is evident in every product the company manufactures. Every worm farm and compost bin is made from recycled plastics and can be recycled and re used once again at the end of their life.

Tumbleweed worm farms and compost bins are available at garden centres and DIY stores New Zealand wide. Find out more about the products here.

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Help the environment and your garden with Tui and Tumbleweed Comments

  • I've heard recently of two worm farms with rats; the compost is vegetable matter only, no meat or fish scraps.


  • Would be great if there were some RRPs in the links. This looks fab!


  • I am glad Tui has joined with Tumbleweed in the battle for a reduced carbon footprint. The cafe looks really good and the reviews are great, but the missing link is the price! Where do I find it? Is there something that indicates the size of worm farm required in relation the number of people providing organic waste? I have visions of the worms getting all fat and happy in the summer and then going on an enforced diet in the winter!

    Alison Stewart

  • Where do you get the worms from?

    John Kirkland

  • Hi John, Garden Centres and DIY stores such as Mitre 10 and Bunnings should have worms. It may pay to call them first as they sometimes need to order them in for you. Thanks, Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Hi Margaret, If the worm farm is working correctly it shouldn't attract rats. The worm farm lid should be on so the worm farm is sealed to prevent rats from being a problem. Over feeding the worms can lead to the worm farm getting smelly (which could attract rats) as the food is not being processed quickly enough. If this is the case they can stop feeding the worms for up to a week and use some Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner to speed up the decomposition process to get the worm farm back on track. Thanks - Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Hi Anna, thanks, we are really excited about them too! If you call up your local garden centre or DIY store they will be able to let you know the price. If you let us know where you are based we can let you know who is stocking them in your area. Thanks - Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Hi Alison, you can find the price by contacting your local DIY store or Garden Centre - if you let us know where you are based we can tell you who is stocking them in your area. Re the size- the Worm Cafe has 3 trays, you can start off with one and then add the other two as your worm farm takes off so it is quite flexible in terms of the amount of organic waste you have available. Thanks, Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Enjoy my worm farm had them for years. Great liquid fertilizer but biggest problem how to separate worms tried various ways. They just wont leave old place to move to the newer place not even in a month.


  • Great fertiliser, had worm farm for years. Problem is separating worms from old bedding to new, tried various methods and still trying.?


  • Yes mine brother in law had the same trouble


  • I put wet shredded paper in sometimes as they seem to like that. I also put old wet sacks on top to keep them a bit cooler in the summer sun. Keep the lid on properly. My dog saw me feed them one day and then went and somehow lifted the lid and ate the old lettuce leaves!!


  • Hi Rosemary - if you are trying to get your worms to move from the lower level up to the next working tray so you can get the worm castings, and they are not, it could be that you are adding new food too soon before the worms can eat the previous food. This will result in a lot of uneaten food scraps being distributed throughout the system and a general reluctance by the worms to migrate upwards while they can still access material lower in the system. Before adding new trays, stop feeding the worms for at least a week to ensure that all existing food in the lower tray has been eaten. Worms will then move up to eat from the surface as this is their natural behaviour pattern. Secondly, you may not have waited for the level of worm castings in your top working tray to get full enough in the tray before adding the next tray. This will create a gap between the trays preventing the worms from reaching the top tray. If there is a gap between any two working trays, simply lift off the top tray and add some organic soil or organic potting mix to the tray beneath, put the top tray back on and continue operation. Also worms love watermelon, so putting some watermelon in the top tray should encourage them to move up. Does this help? Thanks, Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Do you put compost in the bottom of the second tier as well as scraps?


  • Hi Shannon, it is not essential but yes you can put compost in the tier to help with productivity. It helps the worms to digest the food given to them at a quicker rate. Thanks! Gemma (Tui Team)


  • The worms you are looking for are Tiger Worms and naturally found under cow pats, which are awesome to keep feeding your worm farm with to stop it getting acidic and attracting fruit fly. Blood and bone will do the same. My worms love meat, any protein really and I have worms for anyone living in Wanganui.

    lynda Harkness

  • We have a Hungry Bin,came the next day after we had order it we had live worms and the bin and all you need to do was assembly get compost and you were ready to make it. It has got wheels so you can move it around or move it to a neighbors place when you go away on holiday. Its a excellent design. here is the website:


  • Thanks Lynda, yes tiger worms are an introduced species from Europe and are found in areas of concentrated organic matter such as compost heaps so it is quite possible for them to find their way to a cowpat if they have established themselves in soil of a particular area. Cowpats can certainly be fed into a worm farm. Whilst earthworms will live on proteins such as meat and blood and bone these materials also tend to attract unwelcome visitors such as mice, rats and flies which can lead to infestations of maggots and rather unpleasant odours. Therefore, whilst the worms will eat these materials it is not a good idea in urban areas generally, particularly when you are first starting out with your worm farm. Thanks, Gemma (Tui Team)