Mr. Green is busy on his world-wide publicity tour for his new book. In the meantime, here's a Mr. Green classic column from April 2007.
Hey Mr. Green,
I've been vermicomposting for quite a while (I'm really old), and the process is so clean that you can do it indoors if you have one of those fancy-dancy Australian plastic jobbers like I have. I think the only funny thing that has ever happened is when we caused a population explosion by feeding our worms the pulp from pressed fruit when we were juicing quite a bit. The worms were creeping out of every orifice of their box in a truly horrifying sci-fi manner and making a soft rustling noise as they plotted their escape. Now that would give your editors something to think about!
If people are squeamish about a clean, quiet box of worms, they'd better steel themselves for what is coming down the pike if we don't use sensible nature-based methods to get rid of garbage. And the end product the worms create--soft, fluffy soil--sells for quite a bit at the garden shop. So let's see--what's bad about worms? Free garbage pickup, free potting soil, and liquid fertilizer delivery. Sounds good to me. --Carol in Trinidad, California
Thank you for striking a gracious blow against the widespread malady of vermiphobia. But let us not rest easy until the worm composter takes its rightful place in the kitchens of the world and Darwin's worm study takes its rightful place in the minds and hearts of humanity.