cloth, 192 p., $18.00
Although much has been written about the benefits of compost and how to build an efficient system of recycling nature’s bounty, British plant ecologist Ken Thompson has some new thoughts and practical tips on composting. He answers such gardening queries as what to do with woody garden waste, what shouldn’t be put in the compost bin, and what to do about weed seeds. One of the most practical texts on the subject, this colorful, comfortably sized guide is informative, with excellent photographs and illustrations, and a pleasing graphic quality.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden