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Easy Composters You Can Build Paperback – January 10, 1995
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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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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.
It really does not "show" you how to build composters with verbal descriptions instead of detail diagrams.
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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Love the instructions and they are clearly written and presented. The choices are wonderful - depending on your needs.Published 4 months ago by Caren L Holder
I've had other book on starting seeds but this one is simply stars and so easy and quick to read and understand. Even making your own seed pots ans red tape. Simple. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Azeta
I was very happy with this item. It meet my expectations and work as described.Published 8 months ago by Gerald D Schure
While all of these are pulled from various sources and are the 'cliff notes' of the prepping world they give a good outline and place to start without having to buy numerous books... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Random old guy