10-26-11: Empathize with the Worms

October 26, 2011 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Anne Raver's compost box -- which could be used indoors. Photos by Katherine Gorman.

Did you know that 75% in fact of a typical landfill is stuff that could be composted? Gardener and journalist Anne Raver tells us HOW to compost, whether you live in an urban or rural environment.

Redworms, worm bins and outdoor compost bins are available through:

Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington, Vermont — search for “red wriggler worms.” A good source for outdoor compost bins, as well as worm bins.

Flowerfield Enterprises–another good source for redworms, worm bins, and a very clear readable how-to book, “Worms Eat My Garbage,” by the late Mary Appelhof (Worm Woman), a biologist who founded the company in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Other good books to inspire composting:

“There’s a Hair in My Dirt: a Worm’s Story,” by Gary Larson (HarperCollins, 1998)

“Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web,” by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis; Foreword by Elaine Ingham (Timber Press, 2006)

Redworms are also often available locally, at bait shops or tropical fish shops, but DO NOT BUY EARTHWORMS, which will not survive indoor temperatures in a worm bin.  Earthworms are bigger, often the diameter of a pencil; redworms are much smaller.

The outdoor compost pile provides plenty of good dirt each month.


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