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The Complete Compost Gardening Guide
Compost, gardener's gold, is the heart of any good gardening system. "The Complete Compost Gardening Guide" takes the mystery out of composting and shows gardeners how to compost their way to a garden that requires less digging, weeding, mulching, and even planting. Introduces several new techniques for cutting out the middle-man (the compost bin) and composting where it counts--directly in the garden--saving precious time and making it easier to compost than ever. This will be the most thorough, comprehensive category-killer on composting techniques and methods available.
With today's concerns over waste, energy costs, and recycling, composting is experiencing a renaissance. Pleasant (Garden Stone: Creative Landscaping with Plants and Stone) and former garden book editor Martin here provide both a reference guide and an introduction to composting. The first section will be helpful to nearly all composting neophytes, though more experienced composters, too, should read it for the excellent prose and colorful illustrations. It includes a number of interesting facts, definitions, and even recipes (e.g., for Miracle Leaf Mold). The second section, on compost gardening techniques, examines easy methods of composting with piles, bins, and cans as well as more elaborate approaches involving pits and trenches. It also discusses the use of earthworms in composting. Finally, the third section treats in detail the kinds of plants that will do well in a composter's garden. Pleasant and Martin conclude with a helpful glossary and a resource list for tools, containers, and worms. Essential reading for any gardener interested in composting, this should find its way into many public libraries with active gardening communities and academic and special libraries with an interest in horticulture and gardening.-Edward J. Valauskas, Dominican Univ. Lib., River Forest, IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Storey Publishing, LLC
February 13, 2008
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