This is an update of Jerry Minnich and others' The Rodale Guide to Composting ( LJ 5/1/79), which itself updated J.L. Rodale's Complete Book of Composting (Rodale Pr., 1960. o.p.). The broad spectrum of information given will be useful from backyard urban gardening on up to industrial, municipal, and farm recycling. The first quarter of the book gives you all you ever wanted to know on the science of composting--and more--along with some history. A discussion of materials, methods, structures, equipment, and uses is followed by a brief look at large-scale composting. The writing is an uneven mix of scientific detail and the anecdotal. Chemical reactions are described in exquisite detail, and yet most quotes, while attributed, are neither dated nor their source given. Stu Campbell and Kathleen Bond Borie's Let It Rot: The Gardener's Guide to Composting ( LJ 1/91) is more readable and inviting for the individual gardener. While useful for its in-depth, detailed coverage, Rodale's almost-textbook is recommended only for comprehensive gardening collections.
- Sharon Levin, Univ. of Vermont Lib., Burlington
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Classic book on composting. If you are going to compost, you need this book. It will tell you everything you need to know.Published 16 days ago by Amber M.
This is an excellent compendium of composting methods, tips, advice, and humor. Get a used version and get it dirty in the yard.Published 5 months ago by Blue Hiller
Book of compost - describes many methods, easy to read either from front to back or to refer to late.Published 5 months ago by JT
I HIGHLY recommend The Rodale Book of Composting to any and everyone who has an interest in composting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tomato Gal
this is a very good book for someone with no composting experience.Published 6 months ago by frank'o