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Book Review
Worms Eat My Garbage
By Mary Appelhof
review by Erica du Lac

Why would I want worms in my house eating my garbage?  It makes my garbage smell less.  It’s good for the environment.  It’s a great life science experiment for the kids.  I like to fish!

Each year I try to change one habit to be more Earth-friendly.  Composting with worms at first seemed like a yucky idea . . . but this simple guide presented many variations so I found one that suited my lifestyle and space.  Answers to common questions and solutions to common problems are also easy to find in this well indexed and referenced guide.

If you are the scientific type or have school-age children this guide suggests several data-keeping projects you can do as the worms devour your kitchen waste.  It suggests beginner and more advanced worm-keeping, perhaps even turning the worms or resulting compost sales into a business.  A home start-up would not be expensive, the most costly part being the worms, about $22 on- line.  Though you might be able to find someone in your community to share their worms with you for less.  Happy composting!

Children’s Book Review
Pee Wee’s and the Magical Compost Heap
By Larraine Roulston

Nancy has lost her shiny purple ring.  Her brother and his friends are helping her look for it.  Like the “Magic  School Bus”  they are miniaturized and find an army of critter friends to help them search the compost heap, learning all the way.  A cute, captivating story whether you compost or not.
Pee Wee and his critter friends show up again in “Pee Wee’s Family in a Nutshell” and “Pee Wee’s Great Adventure” about school based composting and comparing kitchen composting with compost piles outdoors.  All are fun children’s stories, with likable characters, packed with information. 

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to setup & maintain a vermicomposting system
The definitive guide to vermicomposting--a process using redworms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich food for plants. Provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized, the author has worked with worms for nearly three decades. Topics include different bins, what kind of worms to use, sex life of a worm, preparing worm beddings, how to meet the needs of the worms, what kinds of foods to feed the worms, harvesting worms, and making potting soil from the vermicompost produced. Second edition.

Author: Mary Appelhof

Level: Grade 5 through adult

Specs: Paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 162p, 50 illus by Mary Frances Fenton. Glossary, index, 63p bibliography, 24 annotated references. Flower Press.

ISBN: 0-942256-10-7 
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Price:   $12.95

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