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Since the 1973 publication of Storey's first Country Wisdom Bulletin, our commitment to preserving the arts, crafts, and skills of country life has never wavered. We now have more than 200 titles in this series of 32-page publications, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins contain practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. From traditional skills to the newest techniques, Storey's Bulletins provide a foundation of earth-friendly information for the way you want to live today.

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Nick Noyes is a contributor for Storey Books titles including: Easy Composters You Can Build. Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-139
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Product Details

  • Series: Storey Publishing Bulletin ; a-139 (Book 139)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088266350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been composting for three years now, using a commercial "Earth Machine". My "Earth Machine" is bulging and splitting at the sides to the point where the door on the bottom doesn't fit any more. That's why I'm looking for plans to build something stronger. The illustrated composters in the pamphlet are either open to the air, so they'd be too cool for the accelerated composting I need in my small urban lot, or they would be too weak to hold up to the great stress and weight a 20 or 30 cubic foot compost pile generates.

This is a pamphlet with just a few ideas of how to build a practical composter. I found the discussions of composting in general interesting, but most of the composter suggestions are more appropriate for a large lot or farm than a single family urban home. I am disappointed that there aren't plans or ideas for building composters of reasonable urban size (let's say about 15-20 cubic feet) out of wood.

The closest to a usable idea is a 30 - 45 gallon plastic trash can with a bunch of holes drilled in it, which wouldn't work very well because that much damp compost would weigh hundreds of pounds. You really need an access door on the bottom to remove compost as it forms. Also, I doubt any standard trash can would be strong enough to hold up to the weight and heat. I also doubt that the unmortored cinder block plan in the pamphlet would hold up for the same reason.

For urban home use, the composter should be near the kitchen so it will be used. A good compost pile is almost odor and fly free. I wouldn't put anything suggested in the pamphlet on my patio near the kitchen. The composters described just wouldn't be appropriate next to the house.

In summary, I didn't find anything useful and practical in the pamphlet that I didn't know already. If you want to build something for your patio to compost yard and kitchen waste, this pamphlet will not be of much help.
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By Fletch on August 3, 2008
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Great little book that cuts through the crap:) and shows some very practical and workable designs. I use large scale open-front bins, made of wood, so that I can use the front bucket on my tractor. Our composted barn bedding, horse manure, chicken guts, and other "stuff", is like magic on our pastures and around our immature Live Oaks, etc. When we lived in the burbs I composted grass clippings and was kicking myself for not starting it years before. I just made a 4 cornered bin using t-posts and hardware cloth (wire). It was 4' square by 3' high. We put all our grass clippings and fall leaves in it and by early winter the pile was less than a foot high. This was from a half acre lot with a lot of trees, but the bin was in a fairly sunny spot. The only thing extra that I did was a couple of times I put a layer of twigs on top so that a little air could circulate after the next batch of stuff was added. Go ahead and go for it! You'll be glad you did! Good luck!
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Since I was in a hurry and did not read the description of this purchase I paid $3.95 for what I thought to be a book. This is a pamplet.

It really does not "show" you how to build composters with verbal descriptions instead of detail diagrams.
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If you are serious about gardening, you already know the value of composting. How would you like to find a reference that brings it all together in one compact, easy to read and inexpensive reference? Well, this is that reference.

There are a variety of composter styles and configurations. It almost seems as though you can't go wrong! Well, maybe that is true, but there are proven ways to go "right" and this little book describes them and gives advice on how to get good results with simple arrangements. Eminently practical, simple and clear. And, a bargain price to boot!

I recommend it!
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While these books can be a little short and sometimes slim on details, by and large if you're only interested in having the newest shining technology in your home and yard, then this isn't for you. However, if what you care about is not throwing away one more piece of vegetable or one more egg shell into a garbage can, if what you care about is growing bigger veggies, healthier food for your family and more beautiful flowers for your interior decor, then this is your book.
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I'm sure it's a great product. I was going to be ambitious and do this.... but I never got around t it. I did read it... and most looked like even I might be able to do this. Well written... good directions. However, I'm a procrastinator.... and hesitant to tackle this along (my late husband would have been able to do this in a very short time). If you are good at this sort of thing or have a good helper, I highly recommend.
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Good little book. Nice introduction for anyone who is interested in learning about composting. Book in great condition and came in ahead of time. If you are just beginning to learn about composting this is a great book for you.
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This pamphlet is a great introduction to composting especially for the novice. It also contains several ideas and blueprints for DIY composting bins as well as a variety of composting methods. I am new to composting but I believe the information within this pamphlet will help give me a good starting point and a foundation that I can build upon. If you are at all interested in composting and DIY composting bins you should give this a read.
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