Worm composting produces high-quality compost filled with rich, fertile casings that vegetables love. Even city-dwellers with no outdoor space can do worm composting to recycle kitchen scraps. It's also a great way to teach children about the structure of soil. Learn about vermiculture for indoors or out by checking out a book on the subject.
"Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System," Mary Appelhof; 1997
Appelhof's vermicomposting manual gives illustrated instructions on how to establish and run small-scale composting systems using redworms. A 63-page bibliography makes this an excellent reference book. Also great for the indoor gardener, as Appelhof explains how to turn worm compost into potting soil.
"The Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Gardening and Composting with Worms;" Lauren Nancarrow; 1998
Nancarrow includes instructions on building a worm bin and describes how to make your garden hospitable for worms. The "Dos and Don'ts" and extensive descriptions about different species of worms give especially valuable information to beginners.
"The Worm Cafe, Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes;" Binet Payne; 1999
This is an excellent how-to manual for educators who want to start a lunchroom composting project. It describes how a teacher and students did exactly that, and saved their school thousands of dollars per year.
"Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web;" Jeff Lowenfels; 2006
A great supplement to books that focus exclusively on vermiculture, "Teaming with Microbes" describes the living things that comprise soil. Understanding the role of worm composting in enhancing soil structure is invaluable as you creatively experiment with best growing practices in your garden.