“The Poop” From a Reader

This came in yesterday, from a reader named Mike:

I am competing for a Pepsi grant to take organic waste generated by my local community grocery stores, businesses etc. and make vermicompost, reducing at least 20 tons of waste from going to our local landfills. (All in a solar-powered facility). My idea is to “Make solar-powered wormpoop (vermicompost) from organic waste.” This is an idea that I think you would be interested in supporting. I only have until Sept. 30th to get as many votes as possible.

To find out more please go to www.refresheverything.com/wormpoop. You will find my project in the Planet category. Once you have signed in, you can vote each day. Every vote counts. If you like my idea, tell your colleagues, co-workers, friends, and family and they can vote as well. My hope is to eventually start a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability and waste reduction.

You can also find more about my project on my facebook page Help-Mike-Make-Poop. I would appreciate your support.

“The Poop” From a Reader

Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Composting


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting
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When it comes to composting, I’m only semi-literate. Well, I was until I read Chris McLaughlin’s new book.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting closed the knowledge gap for me in most areas. As we’ve come to expect from this series, the information is provided in a clear, easy-to-read format. It helps, of course, that McLaughlin is a good writer, contributing regularly to VegetableGardener.com and serving as the San Francisco Gardening Examiner at Examiner.com. 

Here McLaughlin’s created a light, lively text that lays out composting’s nuts-and-bolt for, well, all of us composting idiots. There’s no pretense or hooks, just the facts laid bare. The tone is conversational, much like what you’d expect from chatting with a more seasoned garden pal in person or online. Between the covers of this slender volume, expect to read up on the “why” and “how” of compost piles as well as the oh-so-trendy vermicomposting, mulching, and green manures and cover crops. My personal fave–sheet mulching–is mentioned, too. (It’s my fave, honestly, because it’s the only type that I’m familiar with.) Considering that I’ve been considering a tumbler bin, it was nice to see McLaughlin write about container options, site selection, and maintenance. Continue reading “Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Composting”

Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Composting