Worms Eat My Garbage: Mary Appelhof & Joanne Olszewski
Mary Appelhof was a pioneer in the world of vermicomposting. Responsible for many initiatives in the development of vermiculture she was recognized by Clive Edwards in the preface of "Vermiculture Technology" where he dedicated the book to her. /// Joanne is the owner of Worm Woman Inc. which manufactures the Worm-A-Way Worm Bin designed for use in the classroom. She is a Master Gardener who grows and preserves much of her food. She is also a Master Composter on a mission to change the world a dozen worm bins at a time.
This is my review of the book:
Worms Eat My Garbage is one of the highest recommended books on Amazon. So surely it must be thorough? Is worm poop awesome for plants? Full disclosure: I have used vermicompost (worm poop) in my garden before and I love it. Having spent years trying to master composting and bokashi, I’m just letting my dogs eat my food scraps at this point. But could worm compost be the simplest solution. I don’t know about you, but I am far too busy to sit and sort all the materials going into my compost tumbler to figure out how much brown to green is in my pile. So when a book says that I can harness the power of worms while I shop for more plants, then I’d wade waist deep into this poopy gold rush just to see if it’s true.
This book begins at the complexities (scientifically speaking) and then answers every question a person could possibly think of in the subject of vermicomposting. There are even several plans for building bins for worms, tips for multiplying your worms, even a glossary for all the new worm-related terms that you will learn from reading this suspiciously thin worm-manual. There are adorable illustrations of worms throughout the book. Although worms don’t really have eyes. The book made sure to mention this. From the informative yet playful writing style to all the easy to follow worm calculations, this book is amazing! In fact I caught my own mother trying to steal it from me, “What? It looked kinda cute. Maybe I want to grow my own worm bin?”. Maybe this worm thing is catching on? You read it and you decide. #poopygoldrush
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