COPPERAS COVE — It was all about worms, specifically red wiggler worms, and how to compost at home Saturday at the library.

“Compost rots and worms rock,” teacher Bob Hill told participants at the Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful spring harvesting your compost worm bin class.

Composting isn’t rocket science, either, Hill said. Worms are living organisms and need food, water and protection, and in return, they will eat anything that was once alive, he said.

“In fact, they’ll eat half of their body weight in food daily, and if you have a healthy bin, they might eat more,” he said. “They can fertilize your garden, but they wouldn’t survive past the season because they don’t go deep. But compost worms are great to get rid of scraps in the kitchen instead of dumping it.”

Composting means trash isn’t ending up in landfills, and it’s another great way to recycle, said Silvia Rhoads, executive director of KCCB. “Composting works well for yards and flowers, too. ... This class is also a chance to bring the community together and talk about ways to reduce waste.”

Hill said there are books on raising and feeding worms and many different ways to do it, but the main thing to remember is if they’re eating, pooping and making compost, then it’s being done right.

“Don’t let books or people scare you away from trying it,” he said. “You don’t have to get bogged down in the science of it, either.”

The purpose of the compost class was to share knowledge so others can figure out ways to do it at home, Hill said.

“Your bin shouldn’t stink, either. If it does, it means either it’s too wet or there’s too much food,” he said. “Put dry shredded newspapers in it and that will help. And in case anyone is wondering, no, I don’t name my worms.”

The compost class is one of several events the city is hosting over the next three months as part of a larger national campaign called Keep America Beautiful, the Great American Cleanup, aimed at giving neighborhoods and city streets a face-lift.

Copperas Cove won an award for sustained excellence eight out of the past nine years and in 2013 was one of 10 cities to receive the Governor’s Community Achievement Award for outstanding community improvement.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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