Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator: Edible Essays on City Farming

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What do you do with Doggy-Doo? Can I put corks in my compost bin? Do worms have lungs? Why is my compost full of thousands of tiny white flies?

Vital questions such as these are the lot of a Compost Hotline Operator, as Spring Gillard knows only too well. That really is her job description, and she fields calls like this all day long. She also meets a cast of characters curiously crazed by the gardening bug, like Ellen, who wears worm earrings and belts out the "Compost Rap" to ...

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Overview

What do you do with Doggy-Doo? Can I put corks in my compost bin? Do worms have lungs? Why is my compost full of thousands of tiny white flies?

Vital questions such as these are the lot of a Compost Hotline Operator, as Spring Gillard knows only too well. That really is her job description, and she fields calls like this all day long. She also meets a cast of characters curiously crazed by the gardening bug, like Ellen, who wears worm earrings and belts out the "Compost Rap" to unsuspecting participants in her vermicomposting class. Or Laurel, worm bin mural artist, West Coast Wes the Scarecrow, Scissor-happy Sally, and Mike their fearless leader, prone to tai-chi fits . . .

The Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator began in 1996 as a series of entries on the website of City Farmer, Vancouver's nonprofit urban agriculture group that has been thriving for twenty-five years. It is packed with barely credible real-life tales from the trenches of the urban horticulture avant-garde, dealing with all manner of gardening lore-such as:

the essentials of composting

alternatives to pesticides

organic and edible landscapes

garden tours and compost teas

green buildings and drug-free lawns

rainwater harvesting, and even

urban ag in New York and Cuba.

It is also a mine of useful resources-perfect reading for garden fanatics, gift-givers, ag-academics and environmentalists, and all who like to laugh while they learn.

Spring Gillard abandoned a successful advertising career twelve years ago, and stumbled into City Farmer's garden in Vancouver. She never left. Her diary entries have been published widely, and-as editor of the CompostHotline News-she does widespread research into urban agriculture worldwide. An avid storyteller, she believes in the power of humor to convey serious messages.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865714922
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: 25 Years of City Farming
Introduction: Full Circle 1
1 The City Farmer Compost Rap 5
2 Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, and Love Bugs 27
3 Garden Gatherings 47
4 Yard Waste Yarns 65
5 Water Wisdom 87
6 The Scoop on Poop 115
7 Critter Control 133
8 City Farmer on Tour 151
Epilogue: Feeding the Earth 189
Acknowledgments 193
Index 197
About the Author 205
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