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Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin turn the compost bin upside down with their liberating system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and the plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment. The authors’ bountiful, compost-rich gardens require less digging, weeding, mulching, and even less planting. And here’s one of the best parts — no more backbreaking slogs from compost bin to garden. The authors even identify the plants that benefit most from compost and how the elements of a composted garden work together.
A natural Six-Way Compost Gardening System provides the ruling principles for successfully improving every garden with healthy compost. Readers will learn how to:
1. Choose labor-saving sites that keep gardens and compost piles as close to one another as possible.
2. Work with the compostable riches produced at home. Every yard and kitchen produces plenty of material — easily identified with at-a-glance charts — for a great start.
3. Help composting critters do their work by balancing ingredients, adding high-nitrogen meals when needed, and keeping the compost moist.
4. Reuse recycling bin items, such as large plastic buckets and cardboard boxes, as composting equipment.
5. Keep diversity in the mix. The magic is in the variety of the components and how they work together to create “gardener’s gold.”
6. Customize composting to suit specific garden needs, always concentrating first on soil care.
Adhering to these guidelines, Pleasant and Martin bring readers on a thorough, informative tour of materials and innovative techniques, leading the way to an efficient and rewarding home gardening system. Their methods are sure to help gardeners turn average vegetable plots into rich incubators of healthy produce, bursting with fresh flavor, and flower beds into rich tapestries of bountiful blooms all season long.
“IF COMPOST IS SMELLY IT AIN’T RIGHT! THIS BOOK OFFERS SO MANY APPROACHES TO THE ORIGINAL PROCESS OF RECYCLING. YOU’RE READING THIS, YOU GARDEN, SO GET THIS BOOK.”
“This book offers many, many ideas for composting that I have not found elsewhere. Even if you only had a small amount of materials, this book tells how to bury it underground amongst garden plants to create a little subsoil-compost pocket. Takes the emphasis off generating perfect finished compost (which never seems to happen for me anyway!) and encourages readers to make use of compost at many stages. Encourages “on-site” composting with attractive material layered on top, so the pile can be built right where it’s needed, even in a flower garden, without creating an eyesore. Even tells which plants will grow in a heap of unfinished compost! Clear instructions, nice illustrations, LOADS of ideas.”
- Each technique illustrated with color photos
- Details on what and what not to compost
- Suggested uses for finished compost
This lavishly illustrated guide contains everything the beginner needs to know about creating useable compost–described in clear, step-by-step detail that eliminates all of the guesswork that too often creeps into how-to books. Experts share their knowledge of the proper tools and techniques the novice needs to compost successfully in rural, suburban, or urban settings. Traditional bin systems and an unconventional approach using worms are explained fully. Includes a fascinating look at the science behind the composting process, as well as clear instructions for building a variety of composting bins for the backyard.
“This book is awesome! It has the information you need to know about every stage of creating great compost. The photos are wonderful. The science behind composting is explained well so that you can understand why the mix of materials is important and which materials should not be included. Also well described are the different choices in compost bins… which work the best… which are the least expensive, etc. Using this book as a reference will help anyone become proficient in creating this valuable garden additive.”
In 1975, Let it Rot! helped start the composting movement and taught gardeners everywhere how to recycle waste to create soil-nourishing compost. Contains advice for starting and maintaining a composting system, building bins, and using compost. Third Edition. 318,000 copies in print.
Horticulture Review says, “…the composter’s bible…Let It Rot will change the way you look at your garbage.”
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Plants & Gardens News says, “This is the book we most often use in our composting classes at the Garden. The content is excellent, easy, and entertaining to read.”
Howard Garrett in The Dallas Morning News says,“The best book on composting I’ve found.”
“This is a great, clear cut, interesting and fun-to-read book! Stu Campbell is able to take what, to newcomers, can be a daunting task and not only present us with the basics to feel comfortable but he also translates some of the scientific “mumbo-jumbo” of how and why compost works into layman’s terms. He includes real “recipes” and approaches to try as well as suppling a list (though not nearly complete) of good materials to compost as well as what NOT to use. A short “troubleshooting” chapter called “Things You Might Worry About a Little” is a bit over the top for beginners but is part of what makes this book valuable for the seasoned composter. Let It Rot! is a not-to-technical, well-written, easy-to-read guide that takes the “yuck” out of your composting ideas! Perfect for beginners and a great refresher for near professional composters.”
“There’s more to composting than just sticking a bunch of dead things in a pile and waiting for it to rot – although that will work. It can be a virtual art form, and this book proves it. From building a compost container to adding the ingredients, this book leaves out nothing. Handy tips on speeding up the decomposition, encouraging worms, creating leaf-mold, using it once you’ve made it. You’ll never look at an apple core quite the same way again. In this day and age with the emphasis placed heavily on recycling, this book provides heaps of how-to’s in getting the most out of your waste.”