Worm Composting

Aerobic conditions are critical for composting to occur both in a traditional pile and in a worm bin. Anaerobic: An environment or material in which no oxygen or available air is present. This is a bad thing in a compost pile orbin, ...

Worm Composting

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Basic Composting

JUST A MATTER OF TIME cannot be emphasized enough that compost will occur without your intervention over time ... For detailed instructions on building and maintaining a worm composting bin , see section 10 , beginning on page 75 .

Basic Composting

Each technique illustrated with color photos Details on what and what not to compost Suggested uses for finished compost This lavishly illustrated guide contains everything the beginner needs to know about creating useable compost--described in clear, step-by-step detail that eliminates all of the guesswork that too often creeps into how-to books. Experts share their knowledge of the proper tools and techniques the novice needs to compost successfully in rural, suburban, or urban settings. Traditional bin systems and an unconventional approach using worms are explained fully. Includes a fascinating look at the science behind the composting process, as well as clear instructions for building a variety of composting bins for the backyard.

The Complete Guide to Working with Worms

Worm composting oers more options than other composting forms as it can be done either outside or inside and can be produced year-round. Because worm composting can be practiced indoors, it is a great form of composting for apartment ...

The Complete Guide to Working with Worms

Provides information on composting with earthworms, covering such topics as caring for a worm bin, harvesting, and growing worms and vermicompost for sale.

The Worm Book

A comprehensive resource book on worm growing and worm composting.

The Worm Book

A comprehensive resource book on worm growing and worm composting.

The Organic Composting Handbook

Worm composting is a fun, low-maintenance way of recycling your organic kitchen scraps. Worms eat your vegetative food scraps, turning them into a high quality fertilizer known as worm castings. You provide the living environment for ...

The Organic Composting Handbook

Great compost is one of the most important secrets of successful organic gardening. In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the various methods of composting and how to adapt them to your home and garden. With full-color photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this will be a welcome addition to every organic gardener’s library. Topics covered include: • What you can and can’t throw on your compost pile • How to balance nitrogen and carbon in your pile for quick decomposition and rich compost • Buying or building the best tools and containers • Vermicomposting • How to compost indoors • Troubleshooting smelly compost, dry compost, and other problems • How and when to apply the compost to your garden beds With growing concerns about the use of pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs in mainstream gardening practices, more and more families are turning to their backyards to grow their own food using methods they know are safe. The need for clear, straightforward instruction on organic gardening techniques has never been greater. With The Organic Composting Handbook, readers will get the information they need to prepare their gardens for healthy, abundant crops.

Community Scale Composting Systems

VERMICOMPOST (WORM COMPOST) AND WORM CASTINGS Worm composting is a cool (warm rather than hot) process that utilizes worms' decomposition capabilities to produce a product that is largely composed of their castings (excrement).

Community Scale Composting Systems

Composting at scales large enough to capture and recycle the organic wastes of a given community, whether a school, neighborhood, or even a small city, is coming of age, propelled by a growing awareness not only of our food waste crisis, but also the need to restore natural fertility in our soils. In-depth yet accessible, Community-Scale Composting Systems is a technical resource for farmers, designers, service providers, organics recycling entrepreneurs, and advocates of all types, with a focus on developing the next generation of organics recycling infrastructure that can enable communities to close the food-soil loop in their local food systems. The main scope of the book is dedicated to compost system options and design, from basic sizing and layout to advanced techniques such as aerated static pile composting. Management techniques and operational considerations are also covered, including testing, feedstock characteristics, compost recipe development, and system-specific best management practices. Though focused on recycling systems that include food scraps--the fastest growing sector of community-scale composting--the book is informed by and relevant to other composting sectors and will be a vital resource for anyone invested in diverting organic materials away from landfilling and incineration. Topics covered include: Community-scale models Estimating organics from individual generators and whole communities Food scrap collection Compost system sizing Aerated static pile (ASP) systems design In-vessel systems selection Integrating animals with composting Compatibility with compost heat recovery, vermicomposting, and other specialized methodologies Composting best management practices Nuisance management Mitigating persistent herbicides End uses, marketing, and sales Whether you're an engineer, community organizer, permaculturalist, public sector waste manager, farmer, or just a dirt lover, Community-Scale Composting Systems is the definitive manual on composting, written at a crucial time when communities are just starting to see what the composting movement will ultimately offer our food systems, local and regional economies, and planet.

No Waste Composting

Plus, 10 Projects to Repurpose Household Items Into Compost-making Machines Michelle Balz. Gardeners prize vermicompost for its nutrient-rich humus texture, and those without worm bins pay a pretty penny to use it as a soil amendment ...

No Waste Composting

No-Waste Composting includes step-by-step plans for multiple small-scale indoor and outdoor composting systems that turn repurposed household items into containment systems for composting kitchen scraps and yard waste.

Composting for a New Generation

Vermicomposting (also called worm bin composting or vermiculture) is a special kind of composting you can do inside your home rather than in your backyard. The specific worms used in vermicomposting, red wigglers, can eat up to half ...

Composting for a New Generation

These aren't your grandpa's composting methods, Composting for a New Generation covers the modern composting techniques, vermicomposting, composting with nature, keyhole gardens, organic composting, and using compost. Environmentalists aren't the only ones to compost anymore! It’s not just about reducing food waste; most composters get their hands dirty because of the benefits it brings to the soil in their garden. All the extra nutrients make for well-fed gardens with plenty of nutrients and rich moisture. Composting has “been under the radar screen until now, and seen as a boutique, West Coast thing,” says Jared Blumenfeld, who oversees California as well as two other Western states and the Pacific for the Environmental Protection Agency. “But now everyone from Massachusetts to Minnesota has programs starting up, and pretty soon there will be a critical mass.” Composting for a New Generation includes tried-and-true composting methods and new, innovative techniques. You’ll learn the science of composting, traditional bin composting (including how-to sections on building your own bin), vermicomposting (with worms), composting with nature, keyhole gardens, organic composting, and using your finished compost. Composting for a New Generation is the most complete book to date for your organic soil needs.

Worms at Work

Aerobic Compost Tea an aerated mixture of worm castings, nonchlorinated water, and molasses or another microbial food source. It contains an active culture of microorganisms and should be used immediately, otherwise the benefit of ...

Worms at Work

Fertilize your garden naturally--a guide to growing your plants in healthy, happy soil People want to know where their food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown. Interest in permaculture, backyard composting, and gardening in general, is growing. So how does the budding gardener ensure that his soil is healthy and nutrient-rich enough to support all the produce he intends to grow? Here’s a hint--think worms! Vermiculture is the healthiest and most cost-effective way to ensure that your soil receives the nourishment that it needs. A simple vermicompost bin can produce the completely natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used to boost soil health and, in turn, increase your crop yield. In true Crystal Stevens’ fashion, Worms at Work is a practical, easy-to-implement guide to fertilizing your garden naturally. It discusses the vital role worms play in boosting soil health, and the reasons why every gardener should use vermicompost in order to decrease reliance on toxic synthetic fertilizers. Coverage includes: • Simple designs to build your own vermicompost bin • Caring for your worms • Garden applications for your worm castings • Lesson plans to incorporate vermicomposting into the school science curriculum Whether you’re tending to a small backyard garden or managing a large farm, Worms at Work can show you how to start vermicomposting today in order to grow healthy plants in healthy, happy soil. Crystal Stevens is the author of Grow Create Inspire and has been co-manager of La Vista CSA Farm for the past 7 years. She teaches regular Vermiculture 101 workshops.

Composting Basics

Worm. Composting. A. s the name suggests, this type of composting relies on hungry worms in bins to break down organic food scraps and bedding material into a very nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. As the worms munch on the leftover ...

Composting Basics

How to recycle household waste to make quality compost You don’t need a science degree or a shed full of sophisticated equipment to make quality compost. What you need to get started is the know-how provided in this basic how-to book along a little elbow grease and the pile of organic materials you regularly throw away. Nature does the rest. Whether you live in the suburbs, country, or city, whether you have a garden or not, you can recycle household waste in an environmentally friendly way and turn it into black gold: compost. You’ll learn what and how to compost, how to make or buy bins, how to build a compost pile and make compost tea, and how to compost with worms. It’s simple and easy to do, and the best part is that you’ll be saving money and helping to save the earth as well.

How to Make Compost

WORM COMPOST Worm composting is done in a wormery (worm compost bin) and is an alternative method of making compost. It utilizes live worms to "eat" kitchen and garden refuse and turn it into castings. A worm can process half of its ...

How to Make Compost


Essential Composting Toilets

Worms (the good kind) are not new to compost toilets. Before we consider the toilet systems that are well suited for worm composting, we should wiggle our way into the science of worm digestion. Worms most commonly used in ...

Essential Composting Toilets

From wastestream to mainstream, a practical guide to composting toilet systems. Composting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom experience in rural and urban buildings. Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined manual that takes a practical, how-to approach to composting toilet system selection, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and safety objectives. Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book dispels myths and provides tools to assess various systems. It includes: Easily-understood drawings, plans, and photos Coverage of all main composting toilet systems Selection criteria including site considerations, urine separation pros/cons, renovations/new builds, ventilation, servicing, and composting details Design and installation details. Offering a professional approach accessible to DIYers, homeowners, designers, building consultants, water conservation advocates, and regulators, Essential Composting Toilets provides key information for redesigning toilet systems anywhere in the world.

HowExpert Guide to Composting

Then the final product will be finished compost that you can use. Vermicompost (Worm) Composting Vermicomposting, or using worms to help break down organic material, is made by earthworm byproduct called vermicast (aka earthworm poo), ...

HowExpert Guide to Composting

If you want to learn about composting, then get “HowExpert Guide to Composting.” Maybe you have just learned about composting or maybe you knew about it but did not know where to start. This book is your go-to guide to learn all about composting and what it will entail. With easy to digest chapters and informative sections, you will learn: · How to choose a compost bin · Whether to put your compost bin indoors or outdoors · Hot composting versus cold composting · What organic material to compost, including “greens and browns” · Waste that should not be composted · How to begin adding and layering the organic waste to your bin · The importance of aerating your bin · All about what to do after your compost is done decomposing, including sifting and testing the compost · Different methods of composting, from using worms to fermenting · Commercial composting and how composting works on a large scale · How compost benefits your garden and helps with yard work · The role compost plays in providing nutrients to plants · Benefits that compost provides for humans · How compost can save the environment and save you money · Why compost can be an important tool in STEM curriculum and for bettering yourself as a person · The history of compost, from methods used by ancient civilizations to early composters to composting nowadays Get “HowExpert Guide to Composting” Today! About the Expert Keilin Huang is an avid composting enthusiast and passionate about educating others on the wonders of the natural process of decomposition. She currently has her own vermicompost bin in her New York City apartment that’s filled with worms whose names all start with W. In her free time, she acts as a volunteer for her local community garden, which has an enclosed outdoor bin with an aerator; in addition, she also helps out at the New York Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden, where she helps kids discover the magic of worms and growing your own vegetables. When she’s not composting, Keilin enjoys reading fiction and graphic novels, biking around her neighborhood, traveling by train, and writing snail mail. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

Worms Eat My Garbage 35th Anniversary Edition

For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens.

Worms Eat My Garbage  35th Anniversary Edition

For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens. Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment — making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn’t want or can’t have an outdoor compost pile. The fully revised 35th anniversary edition features the original’s same friendly tone, with up-to-date information on the entire process, from building or purchasing a bin (readily available at garden supply stores) to maintaining the worms and harvesting the finished compost.

Worms Eat My Garbage 35th Anniversary Edition

How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System: Compost Food Waste, Produce Fertilizer for Houseplants and Garden, and Educate Your Kids and Family Mary Appelhof, Joanne Olszewski ...

Worms Eat My Garbage  35th Anniversary Edition

For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens. Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment — making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn’t want or can’t have an outdoor compost pile. The fully revised 35th anniversary edition features the original’s same friendly tone, with up-to-date information on the entire process, from building or purchasing a bin (readily available at garden supply stores) to maintaining the worms and harvesting the finished compost.

Backyard Farming Composting

However, they do not hold as much as a stationary compost bin can. Worm composters are, much as the name suggests, composting systems that use worms to perform the decomposition process (specifically, a particular variety of red worm)—a ...

Backyard Farming  Composting

Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here! Give Back to Your Garden by Composting! Backyard Farming: Composting is your all-in-one guide for creating your own homestead composting plan and adding rich, nourishing humus to your garden. This guide reviews every important topic from what should and should not be composted, benefits and uses for compost, how to build a compost bin, and much more. Whether you’re composting the waste from your farm or just the scraps from your kitchen, Composting is the comprehensive primer for anyone looking to start composting and bring that “black gold” to their own garden. Including detailed instructions and informative photographs that help ensure your compost system is practical and productive, Composting takes you step by step through everything you need to nourish your garden—and build healthy, rich soil. With Composting, you will: • Choose the composting method that works best for you, your needs, and your available material • Discover how to begin a compost system and how to maintain it for optimal yield • Construct your own composting system from a variety of easy-to-follow plans • Learn how to troubleshoot any problem your compost pile might develop • Find out how best to use your compost—including indoor container gardening ...and much more to help you achieve success. More than ever, people everywhere are making a return to a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle. Join the growing movement of homemakers looking to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your very own backyard. Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference.

The Worm Book

Worms can be grown almost anywhere, from small Styrofoam ice chests to old refrigerators to large bins in outdoor buildings. In this chapter we will deal with small, home wormbin composting systems that you can use to recycle kitchen ...

The Worm Book

Worms are the latest (as well as, of course, perhaps the oldest!) trend in earth-friendly gardening, and in this handy guide, the authors of DEAD SNAILS LEAVE NO TRAILS demystify the world of worm wrangling, with everything you need to know to build your own worm bin, make your garden worm-friendly, pamper your soil, and much much more.

How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work

bin full of worms in your home. But don't dismiss indoor worm composting as the province of fringe extremists. Everyday sober-minded folks such as yourself are gleefully taking up the practice. So let's take a look at the basics ...

How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work

In "How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work," Bredenberg offers down-to-earth, friendly-neighbor-next-door advice and new, easier ways of doing gardening and yard work without sacrificing results.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Composting

Worm Wrangling 101: Vermicomposting Wait! Before you cringe and close the book in disgust at the thought of keeping a passel of red worms to munch and crunch your kitchen scraps, at least read the next few paragraphs. Worm composting ...

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Composting

Waste not, want not. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Composting takes readers step by step through the process of selecting the right compost container, filling it with the right "ingredients," maintaining the mix at the right temperature and humidity, and using the end product. ?A concise format, simplified approach, and thrift-conscious price ? Author is a Master Gardener and an expert on all forms of composting ?Gardening has risen greatly in popularity in the last few years, with an added boost from first lady Michelle Obama, and so has composting, which is cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly ?Thousands of state, regional, and municipal programs have been developed to encourage composting and thus reduce landfill waste

Compost Vermicompost and Compost Tea

There are three basic ways to separate the worms from the finished compost. One way involves moving the finished compost and worms over to one side of the pile or bin and adding new bedding material and organic waste to the other side.

Compost  Vermicompost and Compost Tea

Part of the NOFA Guides series. Information on composting techniques, including: Principles and biology of composting Temperature, aeration and moisture control Composting methods Materials (additives and inoculants, biodynamic preparations) About costs (site preparation, equipment, labor and time) What do you do with it? Compost tea and other brewed microbial cultures Compost and the law With extended appendices including a recipe calculator, potting mix recipes, and a sample compost production budget sheet.