What happens to the food we don’t eat—all those discarded apple cores and rejected Brussels sprouts? Did you know that there are as many living organisms in a teaspoon of soil as there are people in the whole world? And that wriggly worms are our cool, earthy friends?
In Compost, Ben Raskin shares his expert knowledge, answering these questions and many more, through a whole heap of engaging activities and games. Teach your kids that composting is fun (and stop them from moaning about emptying the compost bucket) with this funky guide that takes you from compost menus—who knew worms were gourmands?—to Worms and Ladders, a fresh take on a traditional board game. Find out the rules for setting up your very own Worm Lovers’ Society, learn all about the garden-to-plate cycle together, and get your family's feet firmly set on the road to a planet-friendly lifestyle.
"Raskin’s delightful new book will change the way your family looks at kitchen crud. . . . A captivating guide that will generate family fun out of kitchen garbage. Homeschooling parents will love this book. "—Publishers Weekly
"Ben Raskin shows us how to take the stuff other people throw away and turn it into something quite miraculous: compost. Follow Ben’s advice and you’ll find out all about our compost friends and learn how you too can make the world grow green. "—Alys Fowler, author of Garden Anywhere
"In this fascinating and compelling book, Ben Raskin conveys the truly magical and healing powers of composting to a new generation who are about to inherit our precious Earth. "—Patrick Holden, CBE, Sustainable Food Trust
"Unplug your kids with this super book that will get them outside, hands in the soil, having fun and learning. Ben Raskin leads the way with enough gee-whiz facts, sound science, and creative ideas to inspire kids of any age that healthy soil = healthy planet = healthy life. "—Ethne Clarke, editor-in-chief, Organic Gardening
"This book will really engage families to get their hands dirty and make compost together. With plenty of easy-to-follow advice, it will help you make your garden a healthier and more biodiverse place. "—Christina Harrison, editor, Kew magazine (published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
There are many types of worm, but we are interested in earthworms.You've probably seen them wriggling around in soil, and, to be honest, they don't look that special. However, don't be deceived by their appearance. Worms are amazing and they are the stars of the composting show.
How to Build a Compost Pile
Although there are store-bought compost bins you can choose from, there's nothing wrong with an old-fashioned homemade compost pile. The materials are inexpensive, it's easy to build, and it's a fun family activity.