I think the thing with the worm is the microclimate you are creating in your compost bin. It really depends on your method, but if you are accelerating decomposition with moisture and heat (e.g. straw layer on top) you need an organism that can survive and thrive in that environment. If your regional climate is not tropical or sub-tropical then your local worms may not be able to survive and be especially effective in the thermal window of your bin.
Yesterday I had a great time attending a county seminar on composting. I learned a few things and shared a few of my own observations. The speaker said this was her biggest group in the couple of years she'd done it so the publicity about green everything must be working. I'm curious why they suggest a tropical worm for indoor composting that you can't release in your garden. I've use worm from outside and had good success. Any thoughts?
On the way home I stopped at some county trails for a long hike which I haven't done in years but was with the friend who I used to do that sort of thing with and I really tired myself out. Wonderful exercise!
I'm out several times a week, gardening, recycling around the neighborhood, picking dandelion leaves, etc. getting back to my pre-depression self.
Formerly afraid to leave my yard, I am finally coming out and doing eco stuff. Thank you mother earth for the spring and the physical/psych. benefit I'm receiving. Oh, and my dogs are very happy, too.
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