The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener

The Rodale Book of Composting Easy Methods for Every Gardener The essential guide to composting for all gardeners and environmentally conscious peopleComposting is fast becoming a household word Gardeners know it is the best way to feed the soil while others lo

  • Title: The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener
  • Author: Grace Gershuny Deborah L. Martin Jerry Minnich
  • ISBN: 9780878579914
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • The essential guide to composting for all gardeners and environmentally conscious peopleComposting is fast becoming a household word Gardeners know it is the best way to feed the soil, while others look to composting as a way to dispose of grass clippings, autumn leaves, and tree trimmings The Rodale Book of Composting edited by Grace Gershuny and Deborah L Martin offerThe essential guide to composting for all gardeners and environmentally conscious peopleComposting is fast becoming a household word Gardeners know it is the best way to feed the soil, while others look to composting as a way to dispose of grass clippings, autumn leaves, and tree trimmings The Rodale Book of Composting edited by Grace Gershuny and Deborah L Martin offers Easy to follow instructions for making and using compost Helpful tips for apartment dwellers, suburbanites, farmers and community leaders Ecologically sound solutions to growing waste disposal problems

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    1. Wouldn't call this easy methods for every gardener. Spends a lot of time talking about experimental or large scale composting operations. "Go to your local slaughterhouse to get blood and bone meal to add to your compost. Drive to barns and stables to haul home manure." Very little details about how to actually have a compost bin or two in your backyard based mainly on kitchen scraps.

    2. Good information on building composters (including a nice rodent proof one). Good overall information but I like the pictures and structures in "The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner Batches, Grow Heaps, Comforter Compost, and Other Amazing Techniques for Saving Time and Money, and Producing the Most Flavorful, Nutritious Vegetables Ever " better

    3. If you are interested in or practice composting, apparently this is THE book to read. I started my first compost pile this spring and thought I could use some knowledge about composting as I go along. This book is great-- very informative, thorough, and interesting. I'm even more interested and excited about composting than before I read this book. Some reviews online say that this is not helpful for your average home gardener and it applies mainly to farmers or large scale composters-- not true [...]

    4. You know you're getting old when you rave about a book on compost! This is a great bookyou'll learn all you need to know (and more) about creating beautiful, rich soil for your garden without any of the smell you might worry about.

    5. Lots of great information! The single most useful takeaway I have for my tumbler is that the internal wall subdividing the sections is probably useless, because compost needs to achieve a critical mass of decomposition in order to provide the internal heat (120F+!) and that I shouldn't compost so many oak leaves from my 2 big oaks, because of the acid in their leaves. Great insight into the process of humus production, from bugs masticating it into tiny bits to the molds and fungi that bulk it u [...]

    6. This book was published in 1979. A friend of mine was moving to California and had a yard sale. I bought this for $2, twenty-five years ago. I had an office job and a long commute and put this on the shelf. This year, I retired and wanted to start my gardening projects again. This book, though 38 years old, is a wealth of wisdom concerning the chemical processes and methods of creating fertile, valuable compost. When the book was published, it talks about sewage, sawdust, and chipped wood beginn [...]

    7. A really great book on composting. It gives practical advice on how best to create and maintain your compost pile as well as giving some background on composting. It is meant for everyone, including home gardeners, farmers, and municipal composting facilities. It talks about supplies and equipment as well as techniques. I found the section on worm bins especially helpful and the section about the history of composting was great as it had some quotes from the founding fathers, including George Wa [...]

    8. Millions of years of life cycle have been driven by the decay of organic matter and recirculation of nutrients. This book explains what a compost is made of, and how its slow rate of nutrient release is aided by microorganisms (soil bacteria) dependent on soil temperature to release faster when needed by the plants. It delves into sources of raw material, aeration, over-wintering, worm composting, how temperature affects the compost development, achieving a carbon-nitrogen balance, and various d [...]

    9. An excellent and nearly essential guide to composting that's actually a quick and easy read. It covers what can be composted and what can't, different methods of composting from the small scale to large, and ways to apply compost once you've got it. The only downside is that some of the content might be too technical for some, and you'll likely be skipping the chapter on largescale farming methods. Nonetheless, if you want a good resource on composting, one that goes beyond the basics, this is t [...]

    10. 631.8 RodaleDimmie 5 starsAn excellent reference to anyone interested in improving their garden soil. There is an interesting history about composting in the first part of the book, then clear scientific information about what composting does in the garden and for the planet. There are diagrams of different compost set ups and recommendations on how to keep a compost pile healthy.

    11. My good friend Jessie loaned me this book when I asked her for advice on how to get started with composting. The book is very helpful, and (pun not intended) covers a lot of ground. It is a bit repetitive in places, but otherwise a great resource.

    12. Lots of good info that would help with composting in different conditions. I wish they would talk more about problems when you have too dry a climate, or little access to water, but we'll see how much that affects my compost piles.

    13. Wow. More information than I could possible have asked for. Good basics as well as v ery detailed tables of material ratios- probably more suited to the owner of a large-scale operation than a small vegetable patch.

    14. Well my dogs keep breaking into my compost and eating it all. (eww!!) So I guess my conversion to full-on hippie will have to wait until I can build a better enclosure. *sigh* This is the ultimate guide to composting though. For serious.

    15. Covers the basics however due to the age I can't help but wonder if there are some newer guidelines and ideas about composting. And people are using more modern composters as well which changes how the composting is done.

    16. This is a book is a good resource for people who want to know all the in's and out's and technical stuff of composting. Includes ideas and techniques for small to large composting for urban to country dwellers.

    17. This is a great book I have been slowly working my way through. More of a reference guide than a pager-turner. The well-written prose and clear descriptions of the science behind composting combine to make an essential guide for the new gardner or seasoned pro, city or country.

    18. I didn't quite finish reading this book, but I plan to buy it and go through it more carefully. It did inspire me to compost and showed me just how important compost is in any garden plot. Besides that, it saves me from putting organic material in the landfill.

    19. My enthusiasm was soured by the large number of extraordinary claims made without reference to any evidence.

    20. LOTS & LOTS of information in this book. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was looking for something simpler.

    21. Think of all the potentially excellent dirt I've been dumping down the disposal all those years past--I'm a new woman now and I have my daughter, Catherine, to thank for the book present.

    22. I've been reading a lot on the subject since I started composting last spring. It's an oddly interesting topic and this book includes not only the how-to's but also some history. Very informative.

    23. All you need to know to get started composting. I skimmed this book and found it handy. I especially liked the many different plans that one could use to build home composers.

    24. Way more information than the basic gardener needs about composting. What I need is in there, just had to dig through a lot of [ahem:] to find it.

    25. This is a great book to get you started with creating a compost. It was a little technical at times but it covered all the basics and has a comprehensive list on what should be composted

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