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The Best Place for Garbage: The Essential Guide to Recyling with Composting Worms Paperback – March 3, 2011
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This book will only be useful to you if you eat food or if you know someone who does.
About 30% (thirty percent!) of your personal household trash is made up of completely recyclable organic material. This material:
-is totally recyclable by you right in your own house or apartment
-has zero reason to be put in already overflowing landfills and
-is quite valuable to use or even sell once you recycle it
How in the world can you accomplish such an amazing feat of alchemy? With composting worms, naturally. Now don't be squeamish, they won't hurt you, promise.
In this fun, funny and informative book, you will find out how to turn your organic household trash into very valuable vermicompost, also known as worm poop! Not only will you greatly reduce the costs of sending your waste to the landfill, you will get an extremely valuable product in return to use in your garden, on your lawn, on your houseplants or even to fatten your wallet. All without spending a ton of money or, more importantly, a ton of effort.
Ready to know more? Then let's get started learning how to take your recycling to the next level and get ready to have more than a few laughs along the way...
About the Author
Sandra (Sandi) Wiese is a small-scale commercial worm composter with one simple dream: that someday “I have worms” will not be met with a cringe and “I hope the doctor can give you something for them!”. In all seriousness, after finding so much misinformation regarding organic recycling in the current literature and all over the interwebs, Sandra had no choice but to write a book about how easy, fun and profitable vermicomposting can be, for both you, and the planet.
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This book is chock full of information, so much so that it's difficult to absorb in a single pass.
* Nearly ALL options are discussed on any given topic, even if the option is a bad one in the author's opinion.
* The recommended options are geared toward minimum effort and cash outlay for maximum (reasonable) output.
* Book is broken down into useful chapters discussing a single component of vermicomposting. Index helps to isolate specific information you might want.
The Not-So-Good: (And a lot of this is just personal preference)
* Chapter titles aren't explicit enough to quickly pick the chapter you need if you're using this as a reference book.
* Not much information on flow through systems. This book is geared more toward your first bin, which is fine. I just happened to be interested in flow through systems as a long term option, and there wasn't much about it.
* I didn't get anything out of the author's attempts at humor. Too much fluff and joking and poop jokes, none of which was particularly funny to me. I'm a poop joke fan, I just wasn't looking for humor in the book, so it felt like a needless distraction. (See what I mean about personal preference?)
There just isn't much in the way of scientific information or citation in the book. Author references "hoity toity science journals" a few times but doesn't offer up any specifics. (I understand there's VERY little research currently available on vermicomposting, but it would have been nice to know what studies HAD been done so they could be looked up later if one were interested. And again, this is mostly a personal preference. When I take up a hobby, I tend to go overboard and start looking for every bit of information I can find.)
So there it is. I've listed some "not so good" pieces, but THE BOOK STILL DESERVES 5 STARS. Is it exactly my style of book? No, not really. The humor didn't do much for me, and calling vermicompost "worm poop," while accurate and not really in any way offensive, puts people who aren't already worm farmers off a bit. People just have a visceral reaction to the word, and though it didn't bother me at first, after 200 pages it became a bit tiresome. My point is... the things I listed in the negative column are fairly arbitrary. The book itself (And I've read a couple other vermicomposting books including Worms Eat My Garbage) is probably the best of the lot. Tons of information, lots of good troubleshooting tips, and a very full understanding of how and why to use vermicompost in the first place.