Compost

Compost

Author: 
Ken Thompson
Publisher: 
DK Publishing
Publication Date: 
2007
ISBN: 
0–756–61341–9

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.

Subjects: 
Volume: 
9
Number: 
2

The Garden Organic Guide to Making Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste

Author: 
Pauline Pears
Publisher: 
Search Press
Publication Date: 
2009
ISBN: 
978–1–84448–465–2

Paper, 47 pp., $15.95

This British guide to composting provides instructions on why, what, and what not to compost in the garden. Colorfully illustrated, the text has instructions on how to compost a diversity of waste materials in a variety of containers. The author notes that extremes in climate affect the process and describes how to overcome these environmental challenges. There is an extensive section on how to use composted materials, as well as suggestions on how to recycle other household waste.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
12
Number: 
2

The Complete Guide to Working with Worms

Author: 
Wendy Vincent
Publisher: 
Atlantic Publishing Group
Publication Date: 
2012
ISBN: 
978–1–601–38599–4

paper, 288 pp., $24.95

Working with Worms is part of a larger series—the Back to Basics growing series. This work indeed provides full coverage of vermicomposting as well as an examinination of many of the usual issues with worms. Vincent handles the “ick factor” adroitly with family activities with worms! The enthusiasm of the author, and the involvement of her family, makes this book both different and personal, compared to other more sober and academic works on the topic.

— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
14
Number: 
5

Compost

Author: 
Editors of Rodale's Organic Gardening Magazine and Books
Publisher: 
Rodale
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-875-96856-2

paper, 106 p., $9.95

If you ever wanted to start a compost pile, this book is for you.

Number eight in Rodale's Organic Gardening Basics series, Compost is an informative, quick and enjoyable read, summing up composting in just about 100 well-illustrated pages. Color photographs provide sharp visual identification of essential tools, ingredients, insects and the finished product. Other information in this book ranges from facts to quick tips, useful charts and a glossary of composting terms.

Subjects: 
Volume: 
4
Number: 
1

All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste

Author: 
Pauline Pears
Publisher: 
Kent, U.K.: Search Press,
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-855-32868-1

paper, 47 p., $11.95

This book tells you simply how to dispose of kitchen and garden waste, and how to put it to good use. With many color illustrations, the book describes which waste materials will deteriorate well in the course of composting and how this product will make plants and trees thrive. More than 160 clear, step-by-step photographs illustrate all you need to know about making and using compost.

Subjects: 
Volume: 
2
Number: 
4
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