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Composting with worms

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Earth Worm

You have no doubt heard of the benefits of using earthworms to aid the breakdown of green waste and convert it to superb compost. I have been using worms for the past year or so in my own compost bin and have noticed a remarkable difference in the quality and speed in which compost is now produced.

The Worms of War

Worms are great allies for the gardener – in fact, if all worms on the planet died (as with bees), life as we know it would cease. They not only break down organic matter, they aerate soil, they help to combine organic matter deep into the top soil and even can eat and pacify harmful industrial chemicals such as those containing arsenic!

G. Pilkington recently released a book entitled ‘Composting with worms’ (£7.95).

The book took 3 years to write and is written in an easy to follow manner and very down to earth.

Here are the contents of the book:

Chapter 1. Why worm compost?

  • The natural process of decomposition
  • Compost heaps
  • Vermicomposting
  • Benefits of vermicompost at a glance
  • Vermicomposting vs. composting
  • Responsible Waste Management
  • Using a wormery: advantages at a glance

Chapter 2. The Biology of Earthworms

  • What is a worm?
  • Which worm do you want in your wormery?

Chapter 3. What?s living in the bin with the worms?

  • Microscopic organisms – the microherds
  • Macroscopic residents (or things we can see)
  • Other residents and visitors

Chapter 4. How to make vermicompost

  • Providing a suitable home
  • The fabric of the bin
  • Homemade bins
  • Outdoor worm beds or pits
  • Sitting the worm bin
  • Insulation of wormeries
  • Bedding
  • Worms
  • Feeding
  • Keeping it all going
  • What can go wrong?

Chapter 5. Review of commercially available worm bins

Chapter 6. Using worm compost

  • Everyday practical uses of vermicompost
  • For house and garden plants
  • Use to enhance your soil
  • Commercially available vermicompost and vermitea

Chapter 7. Frequently Asked Questions

  • Intruders and community build-ups
  • Worm issues
  • Other management questions
  • Food questions
  • Vermicompost questions

Chapter 8. The varied roles and wider uses of vermicomposting

James Middleton :An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.