Worms Eat My Garbage

Worms Eat My Garbage

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A new edition of the definitive guide to vermicomposting--a process using redworms to recycle human food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Author Mary Appelhof provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting, Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades. Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction, care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make the finished product of potting soil.
Publisher: Kalamazoo, Mich. : Flower Press, 2006.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780942256109
Branch Call Number: 639.75 APP
Characteristics: xii, 162 p. : ill.


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Jun 25, 2016

Excellent latest edition on composting with worms. A recommended read for anyone looking to get into vermiculture

Aug 20, 2015

This book might be a good starter guide, but I think "The Worm Book" by Nancarrow and Taylor, is better. Nancarrow's book heavily references Appelhof's book, and it obviously takes less time to read one book rather than two. I strongly disagree with Appelhof on two counts. 1) She suggests that composting worms won't survive in your garden. This sounds wrong on its face, especially if you're using organic methods and mulch. 2) She advocates for cruel vermicomposting methods I, such as the "die-off method" to create vermicast, which requires intentionally starving your worms to death, just to create better compost and have your worm bins be "hassle-free." Beyond being cruel, it's also counter-intuitive. More worms means more composting capacity, so why would you want to purposely kill them off?

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