Growing up, I was one of those kids who loved to play in the dirt – I actually found it weird when others didn’t. Therefore, it was no surprise to me when I realized that the idea of starting my own backyard organic composter was a bit exciting. It literally has become the adult version of making mud pies.
Where I am lacking, however, is in my limited knowledge and understanding of how the process works. While browsing through books at the library one day, I came across book #5 in my 50 Book Challenge – Compost: How to make and use organic compost to transform your garden by Clare Foster.
Admittedly this normally wouldn’t be a book I would gravitate towards but in my unease over my currently frozen solid compost bins, my interest was instantly peaked out of desperation as to what to do during the spring thaw.
Truth be told, I learned a lot about the bacteria laden science experiment growing in my back yard. This book was a quick and easy read and one that got right to the point (something I greatly appreciate!). After thoroughly making my way through this simple how to guide, I now feel schooled in the lessons of dirt making. From the indispensable usefulness of worms to how urine can speed up the decomposing process, this book has definitely become a handbook of sorts for the next steps in my virgin run of creating my own compost.
While the author is based in the United Kingdom, she does provide lots of resources and conversions at the end of the book that are useful to those in North America. I definitely recommend this book as a starter guide for those looking to cut down their household waste, help the environment, and hopefully grow nutrient rich plants in the process.
Now, if only I can get my dog to pee on the compost bins…
Next up on the book shelf – The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Life, Death and Happiness by Mark Rowlands.