Turn the page: Old books make for good garden mulch

  • Planting books as mulch around coconut trees in his orchard, Clear Englebert is improving his soil while using books that would otherwise go to the dump. (Steve Mann/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Clear Englebert uses a pile of old books from the Kailua-Kona Library to mulch his orchard. (Steve Mann/Special to West Hawaii Today)

It came to my attention through an email from Pamela Wong, president of Friends of the Library, Kona (F.O.L.K.) that our Kailua-Kona Public Library is overloaded with books.