Compost – Claire Foster

It’s not often that I review a non-fiction book, ┬ábut I wanted to give this one a mention as I recently finished it and actually learned a lot! Spring is approaching here in the Southern Hemisphere, and as such my head is full of gardening plans – I always get into this mode, but this year am hoping that because the kids are that little bit older, I can actually make a good effort at producing a lot of our own vegetables.

A friend recommended that I pick up this little book (very cheap at the Book Depository, by the way), and so I did.

Wow, there were a lot of things I did not know about compost. This book gives a great run down of everything involved – from how decomposition works, what makes up soil, how compost helps your garden, the kind of ways you can compost, and even what you can put in it (I was astonished to learn that you can put hair from your hairbrush, and even the contents of vacuum cleaner bags in!).

For a beginner like me, it was the perfect introduction to something that I’ve been putting in the ‘too hard’ basket for a little while. I was under the impression that compost smells (every time I think about starting, my husband brings this point up), but now know that is not the case.

If you are a gardener and haven’t yet started composting, but have an interest in it, I recommend picking up this book. It’s an easy to read tool that will help you get the most out of your garden, as well as reducing the amount of rubbish you send to the tip – so much can be reused in compost, which in turn enriches the soil and helps your crops. Well worth investing the time in.