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All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste

All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste
Pauline Pears
Kent, U.K.: Search Press,
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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.

There are many arguments in favor of composting, including environmental conservation, economic benefits and other issues, all examined briefly in the course of this book. All sorts of materials are useful for composting, including clippings, stable manure, vegetable and fruit peelings, coffee and tea grounds, dead flowers and other organic debris. Waste products that are useless — or even harmful — in composting are also detailed.

This excellent "how-to" guide is aimed at both young and old. Many of the illustrations are self-explanatory, and would be understood by non-English readers. Overall, this book comprehensively explains the importance and value of composting

— Jean E. Bedger, Volunteer and Researcher, Library, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.