I hope compost lovers in Finland will be joining us from the spring when they get their hands on their own Finland friendly version of The Little Book of Compost. I’ve just found out that it’s going to be translated into Finnish. In Finland they do things a little differently. The compost bins have to be wrapped up warm in winter to keep all the lovely compost creatures happy inside. When snow falls and temperatures drop the activity in the compost heap drops too so to keep composting creatures alive and composting, people in cold countries have to wrap their compost heaps up tight, as well as themselves. There’s many ways to lag a compost heap. Some prefer earth. Others make a mini cavity walled house around their bin with wood or concrete block and lag it with any insulating materials they can find – sheeps wool, old blankets or carpets, straw. Anybody wanting to make a cold climate wormery should get the booklet Let an Earthworm Be Your Garbage Man. Second hand copies are available on Amazon, with full details of how to make an insulated box. If anybody has their own plan or knows of a video to watch please post it.
Compost lover signing
I’m very excited because I’ve been invited to sign copies of my books at Much Ado Books in Alfriston, Sussex. At this years British Book Industry Awards they won Independent Bookshop of the Year Award so I know I’ll be well looked after by my hosts Cate and Nash. If you live in the Brighton/Hastings area come along on Sunday 9th December between 10.30 and 11.30 and I’ll be there. The bookshop is hosting various authors throughout the weekend and full details will be posted soon on http://www.muchadobooks.com.
From coffee to compost
Love coffee and compost and want to make the most of all those left over coffee grounds – watch this video and set up a scheme near you.
Cheat Neutral – If you’re thinking of offsetting your carbon emissions watch this great video before you spend your money
This film is very funny. If you’ve been thinking about carbon offsetting watch this before you fork out. You might want to do something different after you’ve watched it – like investing your money saving energy in your own home, buying a compost bin or investing in a new bike. Check it out.
Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time discounted for Christmas at www.cat.org.uk/shopping
CAT has put a sale price on my book Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time which is great news because it hopefully means more people will buy it and take its message to heart. Apparently every other book being bought there at the moment is Curious Incidents so the new price of £5.99 (£8.99 rrp) seems to be working. Its had some great reviews and I’m really pleased its going so well with the discount. The offer ends after December 27th so get someone a copy for christmas. http://www.cat.org.uk/shopping.
The Organic Garden Search Inside
Those of you who have just bought The Little Book of Compost but not yet got a copy of my other new book The Organic Garden can have a look inside thanks to this new facility from my publishers Collins. If you skip the first few pages you’ll quickly get in to the introduction and be able to see what the books all about. Get hold of a copy from http://www.cat.org.uk/shopping – CAT’s new mail order site, Waterstones or loads of on-line retailers. Waterstones are promoting The Little Book of Compost on their front desks close to the till so its easy to pick up a copy and all should be stocking The Organic Garden.
Browse Inside this book
My favourite cute compost film
The Little Book of Compost is out and some of you are now reaching this blog because you’ve seen by new url http://www.compostlover.com. From now on I’m going to be blogging a lot more about compost. Its one of my favourite parts of gardening, its something everybody can do no matter how busy they are and it’s great fun. I’m going to be highlighting some of my favourite web videos about composting, bringing you compost news and talking about my own composting. So to start off here’s one of my favourite compost films from youtube just to show how easy composting is and why if a bunch of kindergarten kids can do it you can do it to.