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Compost: The natural way to make food for your garden Hardcover – February 19, 2007
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It's not long, but it's very informative. And can I overemphasize? it's EASY, EASY, EASY.
The lady that said it was confusing, it's really not. It's true that he waffles a bit on woody waste, but that's where you have to make the most decisions about whether or not to use the waste and how much to use. He wants you to think before you act. The bottom line is, avoid using gobs of it in your compost but a little bit (especially shredded) is OK. If you have lots of it, make a separate pile for it. It will just take longer to break down.
What he does is take the MYSTERY of composting and simplify it so that anyone can do it. Patience is his motto. Eventually you'll get compost.
He tells you how to use crumpled paper and "green" waste (like kitchen scraps and lawn clippings) to make compost. No need to worry about turning the pile ever; no need to add stuff you have to buy at the nursery. He recommends some kind of bin, but even straight on the ground, eventually you'll get compost.
He also makes the subject fun to read about. Like the part about worm farms--for pet lovers only, he says. If you wouldn't want to raise hamsters or rabbits, don't raise worms.
I have always been deterred by complicated composting instructions before. I'm not an avid gardener, but the current economic situation is changing my mind and practices. Now I feel like I can start composting all this junk I used to cram into the trash can.
This book is very modern looking. About half of the book is pictures, with relevant captions. The style looks modern, but the pictures are also useful for understanding what he is talking about (eg, different types of compost boxes and so forth).
Thompson does a great job of describing WHAT compost is, and HOW to compost. He discusses tools (a garden fork, bucket, and pruners are most important), when to use a bin and when not to, how to pick a compost bin, how to build a compost bin, and where to put it. The book also discusses worm bins, how to use compost once it's ready, why you should NOT DIG your compost into the soil (unless you just want exercise and fresh air!), and how to make potting mix. Finally, the author discusses green manure (which is crops that are grown just for a little while, so that they can decompose and enrich the soil they're planted in), and he talks about how sometimes you may not actually need a compost pile. The book finishes with a troubleshooting section and a list of useful websites.Read more ›
The book is pretty small and short, but I think that's a virtue. Even if you're really interested in composting, how much do you really want to read? Overall, perfect book for the gardener who wants the practical advice and enough background to feel educated about the topic, without doing enough work to earn a PhD in the subject.
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I knew a little, needed to know more, but didn't want a lecture or course on it. This book is just right. Good size, enough info but not too much. Nicely presented. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by M. Kamplain
Im happy with my purchase as it certainly answers any and all questions you could possibly have about composting. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
SAME AS EVERY OTHER BOOK ON COMPOSTING, BUT WITH A DIFFERANT PRINTING AND PAPER FORMAT. THE IMAGES ARE JUST OK.Published on December 27, 2012 by Grainczar
This is really easy to read and has plenty of useful information. It's great for reading with you kids since it has so many pictures. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by D.Villanueva
An under sized book that could have been more informative. I felt like the author had something to say but didn't have enough material for a full size book. Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by george l rappold
Just picked up this book yesterday afternoon and had it finished today. It's an easy quick read and a great introduction to composting. Read morePublished on June 3, 2008 by G. Lavender