The Book of the Earthworm

Sally Coulthard. Why are worms called 'worms'? Why was Darwin fascinated with earthworms? Can you eat earthworms? Why do some people think earthworms are disgusting? Earthworm 'cures' ...

Author: Sally Coulthard

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 9781789544749

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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Sally Coulthard explores the miraculous world of the earthworm, the modest little creature without whom life as we know it would not be possible. For Charles Darwin – who estimated every acre of land contained 53,000 earthworms – the humble earthworm was the most important creature on the planet. And yet, most people know almost nothing about these little engineers of the earth. We take them for granted but, without the earthworm, the world's soil would be barren, and our gardens, fields and farms wouldn't be able to grow the food and support the animals we need to survive. Sally Coulthard provides a complete profile of the earthworm by answering fifty questions about these wiggling creatures, from 'What happens if I chop a worm in half?' to 'Would humans survive if worms went extinct?' Fascinating and beautifully illustrated, The Book of the Earthworm offers a feast of quirky facts and practical advice about the world's most industrious – but least understood – invertebrate.

The Complete Technology Book on Vermiculture and Vermicompost Earthworm with Manufacturing Process Machinery Equipment Details Plant Layout

This book is sold subject to condition that it shall not, by way of trade of otherwise, to lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior written consent, in any form of binding or cover other than that ...

Author: Dr. Himadri Panda


ISBN: 9788195370146

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Advantage of vermicomposting is that it composts the wastes of rural areas. They clean our villages by using unnecessary organic and non-organic materials. Improves the texture of the soil and its ability to store water. Improves root growth and the multiplication of beneficial soil microorganisms by providing optimum aeration to the soil. Vermicompost (vermi-compost) is a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast created by the decomposition process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms. This is known as vermicomposting, and the practise of raising worms for this purpose is known as vermiculture. Sewage treatment can also be done with vermicomposting. The Global Vermicompost Market is reach growing at a CAGR of 16.74%. The Growth of the global vermicompost market is caused by various factors, such as improved soil aeration, improved water holding capacity, better nutrient cycle, and enriched soil with micro-organism, helps in plant root growth and structure, enhanced germination. The vermicomposting method is used in organic farming. Increasing the use of sustainable agricultural practices, such as vermicomposting along with Government support for organic farming is significantly contributing to the global vermicompost market growth. Vermicompost offers plants with necessary nutrients and helps in plant diseases suppression. Worm castings often comprise 7 times more phosphorus, 11 times more potassium, and 5 times more nitrogen than ordinary soil, which are crucial minerals required for plant growth. Vermiculture and Vermicompost (Earthworm), as well as their manufacturing methods, are all covered in depth in this book. It also offers photos of equipment as well as contact information for industrial providers. This book is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Vermiculture and Vermicompost (Earthworm) industry, which is ripe for manufacturers, merchants, and entrepreneurs. This is the only book that goes into great detail about Vermiculture and Vermicompost. It's a genuine feast of how-to material, from concept to equipment buying.

Biology and Ecology of Earthworms

Another important book on earthworm ecology , by Dr K.E. Lee published in 1985 , Earthworms : Their Ecology and Relationships with Soils and Land Use , cited 814 references relevant to the more limited scope of this book , which did not ...

Author: Clive A. Edwards

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0412561603

Category: Science

Page: 426

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Describes earthworm community ecology, interactions between earthworms and microorganisms and the importance of earthworms in environmental management

The Worm Book

So, to avoid confusion, we will also use the unique scientific name of each worm species. How does a species get a scientific name? In l7'58 a Swedish biologist named Carolus Linnaeus published a book on animal classification called ...

Author: Loren Nancarrow

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780307789549

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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Worms are the latest (as well as, of course, perhaps the oldest!) trend in earth-friendly gardening, and in this handy guide, the authors of DEAD SNAILS LEAVE NO TRAILS demystify the world of worm wrangling, with everything you need to know to build your own worm bin, make your garden worm-friendly, pamper your soil, and much much more.

Worms Eat My Garbage 35th Anniversary Edition

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004. It is unusual for an author to take a subject like earthworms and produce a book that the reader only puts down ...

Author: Mary Appelhof

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781612129488

Category: House & Home

Page: 192

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The classic guide to vermicomposting — using worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants — is now revised and updated for today’s eco-conscious recyclers and gardeners.

The Earthworm That Blows No Trumpet

Izzy, I feel like I've lost a big brother—a really smart, talented big brother who wrote a book that changed my life.” Izzy knows that Barbee has read the entirety of Infinite Jest every year since she first picked up a paperback copy ...

Author: David Bruce Collins

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781491761533

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 140


Santa Cecilia is a medium-sized university town in the Texas Hill Country. The townies and gownies get along well enough, and most folks accept their neighbors of all colors, creeds, and orientations. The Unitarian Universalist church downtown is just another house of worship, albeit a bit more liberal than average for a Texas town. The UU’s enjoy their jobs (mostly), help their less fortunate neighbors, and raise healthy, intelligent children. It’s all just too good to last. After a popular, outspoken intern minister arrives, important objects start disappearing, then reappearing. Accounts get hacked, windows get broken, and a well-known church member is found strangled. And then it gets really weird. A large ensemble cast of members and friends put heads and hearts together to figure out who is sabotaging their beloved church—and why. Many of them don’t consider themselves religious, but they will defend this church to the death if necessary. In their struggle, they find unlikely allies, bizarre misdirections, great vegan Tex-Mex, killer margaritas, excellent weed, the joys and perils of polyamory, and Transylvanian hospitality that can’t be beat.

The Worm Farmer s Handbook

Requests for more information about this topic motivated Earl to learn more about it, and in 1951 he established a publishing business for books on earthworms. In 1951 Shields published Earthworm Buyers Guide, which provided advertising ...

Author: Rhonda Sherman

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603587808

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

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Choice Reviews, Outstanding Academic Title Techniques and systems for processing food scraps, manure, yard debris, paper, and more Turning waste into wealth sounds too good to be true, but many worm farmers are finding that vermicomposting is a reliable way to do just that. Vermicast—a biologically active, nutrient-rich mix of earthworm castings and decomposed organic matter—sells for $400 or more per cubic yard. Compare that to regular compost, sold at about $30 a cubic yard, and you’ll see why vermicomposting has taken root in most countries and on every continent but Antarctica. Vermicomposting is also one of the best sustainable solutions for organic waste management. Vermicomposting manure and crop wastes on farms improves crop yields while reducing demand for off-farm inputs. Vermicast has higher nutrient levels and lower soluble salt content than regular compost, and it improves soil aeration, porosity, and water retention. Plus, vermicast suppresses plant diseases and insect attacks. Municipalities, businesses, community gardens, schools, and universities can set up vermicomposting operations to process food residuals and other waste materials. The Worm Farmer’s Handbook details the ins and outs of vermicomposting for mid- to large-scale operations, including how to recycle organic materials ranging from food wastes and yard trimmings to manure and shredded office paper. Vermicomposting expert Rhonda Sherman shares what she has learned over twenty-five years working with commercial worm growers and researchers around the world. Her profiles of successful worm growers across the United States and from New Zealand to the Middle East and Europe describe their proven methods and systems. This book digs into all the details, including: Choosing the right production system Regulatory issues and developing a business and marketing plan Finding and managing feedstocks Pre-composting: why and how to do it Monitoring an active worm bed Harvesting, screening, testing, packaging, and storing vermicast Markets for earthworms and vermicast Food security: how vermicast benefits soils and plants Keys to success: avoiding common pitfalls From livestock farms and restaurants to colleges, military bases, and prisons, Sherman details why and how commercial-scale vermicomposting is a fast-growing, sustainable solution for organic waste management. The Worm Farmer’s Handbook is the first and only authoritative how-to guide that goes beyond small-scale operations and demystifies the science and logistics of the fascinating process that is vermicomposting.

Feed the Soil

"Now Hylas, at this point, I wish to give you a book. It is a very valuable source 0F inFormation which can be Found on any earthworm's bookshelF. This book is passed on From generation to generation oF earthworm.

Author: Edwin McLeod

Publisher: Edwin J. McLeod

ISBN: 9780961072612

Category: Gardening

Page: 290

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Synthetic chemical fertilizer pollutes lakes and rivers and kills soil organisms like earthworms. Fortunately, there is a better way to fertilize soil without polluting the environment. Feed the Soil is a book that teaches you about soil and how to improve soil fertility through natural methods. It is a reference book describing 127 different green manure crops. Growers can add nitrogen to the soil naturally by growing legumes, like peas, beans, clover or alfalfa. By growing legumes and turning them under, we can add nitrogen to the soil and improve soil fertility. This process is called green manuring and was used by the ancient Chinese and the Romans. Green manuring also adds vital organic matter to the soil. Organic matter acts like little sponges that absorb water and stores it for plant roots during dry periods. Growing legumes as green manure helps to improve and build topsoil. It is a sustainable way to farm or garden. It’s like putting money into the bank.

Charles Darwin

[ Darwin's last book was about earthworms , but his interest in the subject started in 1837 , the first year after his return to England . He had been feeling very unwell . “ My doctors urge me strongly , ” he wrote to Henslow ...

Author: Marston Bates

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351529334

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 486

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Although his name has become a household word after he published Th e Origin of Species, a one-volume edition of his writings that covers the full gamut of his theoretical as well as scientific writings has not been available for many years. Charles Darwin: An Anthology, covers the heart of the five books for which the author is best known. This readable volume includes The Autobiography, The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and The Expression of the Emotions.