Worms Eat My Garbage Paperback – Jul 1 2003
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"... people ... will thank [Appelhof] for showing us ... how we can eat better food by growing gardens with wormpower." -- Pete Seeger, folksinger, environmental activist
"You might say that Kalamazoo has become the epicenter of vermiculture (a fancy name for worm composting) ..." -- Anne Raver, The New York Times
"[This book] supplies everything you want to know about worm composting but didn't know where to ask." -- Green Living Magazine
About the Author
Mary Appelhof, prepared by master's degrees in biology and education, has spent the past 25 years working with earthworms to develop a system for using redworms to process organic waste. As a leader in recycling and composting, she has received the National Recycling Coalition's "Composter of the Year" award and Renew America's special merit for the environmental success of her work.
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The book details how you can set up your own vermicompost bin, either by making it yourself or by purchasing a commercial worm bin. It also even describes how some school systems have saved themselves bundles of money by having worms eat the schoolkids' lunch scraps rather than pay for commercial garbagemen to haul the stuff away!
I would most strongly recommend this book for anybody interested in either worms, vermicomposting or organic gardening. It's a very fun read!
The amount of information about the life of worms is just right. The reproduction of worms is described at a layperson level, as well as other interesting worm facts, like the cut a worm in half myth.
The book is very easy reading, written at a 5th grade level, making it appropriate for classroom use or science projects. The illustrators' drawings make the book fun as well as aiding visual learners.
The author recommends commercial bins as well as homemade designs, with pictures of each. Plans for some homemade bins are included.
I enjoyed the section on a zero-waste society. With standard glass, metal and paper recycling, and the worms to recycle organic waste, the only items in my trash are plastics. This means I can go much longer between emptying my trash, mostly because it doesn't smell but also because the volume is reduced.
I was disappointed that the book, although it is very comprehensive, does not discuss composting items rather than kitchen waste and paper for worm bedding. For instance, animal waste can be composted using red worms, as long as the compost is not placed on plants or trees used for human consumption. Also, the book didn't mention that scrap organic cloth, such as cotton, wool, and linen, can be composted.
This 2nd edition includes description and discussion on commercially-available vermicomposting bins. Unfortunately, with the excitement and growing interest in worm composting, there are bins now available that are not reviewed in the book. (I guess we'll need a 3rd Edition!)
For the beginner as well as the worm hobbyist, I recommend this book highly.
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Great book for the worm farmer. Very complete instructions and information.Published 22 months ago by eleet doja
My family recently started a worm bin, and we all read this book to find out how to compost using worms. It's concise and clear - couldn't ask for a better guide.Published on Feb. 24 2013 by Chris Nuyens
Fast delivery. This book could have passed for brand new. So why waste money on new when these books look brand new. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2012 by Amazon Customer
Anyone who is interested in this topic must read "Recycle With Earthworms: The Red Wiggler Connection"
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