Worms Eat My Garbage

Worms Eat My Garbage

Book - 2007
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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 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. : Flowerfield Enterprises, [2007], c1997
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780997261400
9780977804511
0977804518
Characteristics: xii, 162 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Fenton, Mary Frances

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WolfRyder
Jun 25, 2016

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

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Mokoto
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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