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The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and ... most flavorful, nutritous vegetables ever. Paperback – February 13, 2008
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Its methods are also highly effective and nicely fleshed out, with the authors not only decribing how to set up sheet, crater, bin, and worm composts, but also giving invaluable tips on the types of crops that thrive in each. I took their advice and dug layers of leaves, grass, pulled weeds and food scraps directly into the earth, and the reward has been an most amazing crop of potatoes and squash - two plants that they rightly singled out as being particularly fond of a compost crater. Now, instead of trying to keep up with high-labor speed batches or buying a pricey tumbler, I'm letting my compost do the work itself, snuggled into the bottoms of dug or raised beds or, in the case of my pine needles, mulched right around the roots of the azaleas. It's a deeply satisfying feeling to stop lugging garbage bags full of organic material to the curb and instead look around at a yard that gives itself everything it needs.
By Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin
The hedgehog that lives in my back yard has let me know, in his own way, that purchasing a compost bin with a ground level opening is not a good idea. He already eats everything tasty in my garden, so access to compostable kitchen scraps will only create a feast for him and a mess for me. The solution would be to invest in a rotary compost bin that prevents animals from climbing inside. Not a good idea! While I would like to do my part to save the planet, spending a lot of money on equipment contradicts the idea of going green.
That is why the arrival of this book on my doorstep was so welcome. It only took the reading of a few pages to realize that there are many ways to compost without spending a lot of money. At first glance, I thought that this publication was targeting the commercial farmer, but on closer inspection, I discovered that this book has so much to offer the recreational gardener as well.
What I like best about this book is the scholarly method with which the subject of composting is introduced and expanded upon, in incremental sub topics, until the totality of the subject has been examined. The essential message in this publication is that anyone's back yard or farm can easily become a "compost- generating system" by simply following a few steps to create the right environment for organic matter to break down.
The first three chapters discuss the fundamentals by reviewing the science of composting, the tools needed and the materials that are helpful. Then the book gets really interesting when the various techniques of composting are discussed.Read more ›
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This is a very good book, enjoyable, readable, and informative.Published 15 days ago by Thomas M Yun
Well written, easy to understand and full of good ideas.Published 5 months ago by William D McConnon
I read a lot, but in this case you can get what you need on the internet. think I'd pass.Published 7 months ago by Ronald M. Skudlarek
We borrowed this book and ever gave it back. It's full of VERY useful instruction and information. Easy to follow too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Phillips
My only experience with compost is with a worm bin and the store bought stuff. After reading other books (Let-it-Rot) and stuff online, I found this book targeted as a complete... Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Miller
This is the first book I have read on gardening, but I will not need to read another one because this book gives a good general knowledge about the basics of composting and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anime Enthusiast