Sure, you can choose an area in your garden to leave a heap of day-old salad and onion peels, but let's face it, it's neither pretty or fragrant—even if it is a more natural solution. If you'd like to give composting a try, but want it to be a cleaner experience, there are compost containment units, such as the Worm Factory, which you can introduce a family of worms to and reap the benefits of greener living without turning your garden into a little landfill.
But what do I know about worm farming, you might ask? Is it as simple as throwing a few earthworms into the bin and letting them go to town? Well...no. To have a successful, happy worm farm in your compost pile, you need to know what you're doing. I suggest you check out Mary Appelhof's guide, Worms Eat My Garbage.
Appelhof's book outlines anything and everything you need to know about composting with worms, from how to select the right kind to what foods will keep them happy, healthy and producing more baby worms. Yes, she even delves into the wondrous world of worm nookie.
Composting will reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill and also give you fantastic, fertile soil to use in your garden. If you know your way around a worm farm, your efforts will pay off more quickly and efficiently, and you'll be one step closer to living the green life you want to.