Earthworm & Worm Composting Resource Suggestions
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
by Amy Stewart
This wonderful book delves into the secret yet fascinating lives of earthworms in a way that anyone can understand. Stewart uses Charles Darwin’s extensive study of earthworms as a jumping-off point as she explores their vital stewardship of our planet. We learn about earthworm history, species, biology and their importance as composters. Stewart also gives tips and information about vermicomposting, the practice of raising worms in captivity to compost organic waste. You will see worms in a whole new light after reading this witty, informative book.
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The Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Worms In Your Garden
by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor
This is a great guide to all things earthworms and composting with worms. Nancarrow and Taylor cover everything from worm biology to maintaining a worm bin to using earthworms in agriculture. There are great worm composting how-to tips here, including how to start a worm bin, troubleshooting tips and solutions, how to use worm compost in the garden, and even how to cook earthworms! This is a high-quality all-around worm guide.
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Composting with Worms: Why Waste your Waste?
by George Pilkington
This great little worm composting guide book first explains what is so special about worm composting – how does it compare to regular backyard composting, why is worm compost so beneficial? Pilkington also goes over worm biology, other creatures likely to show up in a worm bin, how to make vermicompost, a review of commercially available worm bins, how to use your worm compost, and further uses and roles of worms. A concise and useful book!
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Recycle with Earthworms: The Red Wiggler Connection
by Shelley C. Grossman and Toby Weitzel
This short book encompasses quite a bit of information. It’s a quick guide to earthworms – in soil and as composters. Learn about worm anatomy and physiology, reproduction and development, tips on composting with worms, and even worm myths!
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Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management
edited by Clive A. Edwards, Norman Q. Arancon, and Rhonda Sherman
This book is not for the faint of heart! A scientific study that delves into the intricacies of worm composting technologies, this book covers the biology and ecology of earthworm species used in vermicomposting, the microbiology of worm composting, different types of worm composting systems, the scientific breakdown of worm compost and compost teas as they are used in agriculture, and case studies from various international worm composting operations. If you want to learn about the nitty gritty details of vermiculture, this is your resource!
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The Earthworm Book: How to Raise and Use Earthworms for Your Farm and Garden
by Jerry Minnich
This book covers all things earthworm, and is a great reference for any gardener, especially those creating compost with worms. Learn about all aspects of earthworms, from its journey through history, its environment, its behavior and habits, its soil building skills, its use to gardeners, its use in compost, and how to raise earthworms.
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Teaming With Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web
by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis
This in-depth exploration of the soil food web is a must for anyone working to improve their soil organically and with compost. Here you will find information on common members of the soil food web, including bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, earthworms, gastropods, and reptiles, mammals, and birds. In addition, this book details how to apply soil science to yard and garden care with compost, mulch, and compost teas.
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