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Easy Composters You Can Build: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-139 Paperback – Jan 10 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (Jan. 10 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088266350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663500
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
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From the Back Cover

Since the 1973 publication of Storey's first Country Wisdom Bulletin, our commitment to preserving the arts, crafts, and skills of country life has never wavered. We now have more than 200 titles in this series of 32-page publications, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins contain practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. From traditional skills to the newest techniques, Storey's Bulletins provide a foundation of earth-friendly information for the way you want to live today.

About the Author

Nick Noyes is a contributor for Storey Books titles including: Easy Composters You Can Build. Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-139

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa617a738) out of 5 stars You can get better ideas for free on the internet April 15 2009
By Wings42 - Published on
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I've been composting for three years now, using a commercial "Earth Machine". My "Earth Machine" is bulging and splitting at the sides to the point where the door on the bottom doesn't fit any more. That's why I'm looking for plans to build something stronger. The illustrated composters in the pamphlet are either open to the air, so they'd be too cool for the accelerated composting I need in my small urban lot, or they would be too weak to hold up to the great stress and weight a 20 or 30 cubic foot compost pile generates.

This is a pamphlet with just a few ideas of how to build a practical composter. I found the discussions of composting in general interesting, but most of the composter suggestions are more appropriate for a large lot or farm than a single family urban home. I am disappointed that there aren't plans or ideas for building composters of reasonable urban size (let's say about 15-20 cubic feet) out of wood.

The closest to a usable idea is a 30 - 45 gallon plastic trash can with a bunch of holes drilled in it, which wouldn't work very well because that much damp compost would weigh hundreds of pounds. You really need an access door on the bottom to remove compost as it forms. Also, I doubt any standard trash can would be strong enough to hold up to the weight and heat. I also doubt that the unmortored cinder block plan in the pamphlet would hold up for the same reason.

For urban home use, the composter should be near the kitchen so it will be used. A good compost pile is almost odor and fly free. I wouldn't put anything suggested in the pamphlet on my patio near the kitchen. The composters described just wouldn't be appropriate next to the house.

In summary, I didn't find anything useful and practical in the pamphlet that I didn't know already. If you want to build something for your patio to compost yard and kitchen waste, this pamphlet will not be of much help.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa617a984) out of 5 stars It works! Aug. 3 2008
By Fletch - Published on
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Great little book that cuts through the crap:) and shows some very practical and workable designs. I use large scale open-front bins, made of wood, so that I can use the front bucket on my tractor. Our composted barn bedding, horse manure, chicken guts, and other "stuff", is like magic on our pastures and around our immature Live Oaks, etc. When we lived in the burbs I composted grass clippings and was kicking myself for not starting it years before. I just made a 4 cornered bin using t-posts and hardware cloth (wire). It was 4' square by 3' high. We put all our grass clippings and fall leaves in it and by early winter the pile was less than a foot high. This was from a half acre lot with a lot of trees, but the bin was in a fairly sunny spot. The only thing extra that I did was a couple of times I put a layer of twigs on top so that a little air could circulate after the next batch of stuff was added. Go ahead and go for it! You'll be glad you did! Good luck!
53 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa617a948) out of 5 stars Not worth the money Sept. 9 2005
By Daisy - Published on
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Since I was in a hurry and did not read the description of this purchase I paid $3.95 for what I thought to be a book. This is a pamplet.

It really does not "show" you how to build composters with verbal descriptions instead of detail diagrams.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa617ae40) out of 5 stars Composters that are cheap, that are easy to build, and that WORK!! July 1 2014
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While these books can be a little short and sometimes slim on details, by and large if you're only interested in having the newest shining technology in your home and yard, then this isn't for you. However, if what you care about is not throwing away one more piece of vegetable or one more egg shell into a garbage can, if what you care about is growing bigger veggies, healthier food for your family and more beautiful flowers for your interior decor, then this is your book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa617acd8) out of 5 stars Nice pamplet Sept. 17 2009
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Well for 3.95 I would not expect a full book. But a little more details would have been nice. It does not really show you how to build a compost, but talks about it. I guess the rest is up to your imagination. A decent pamphlet. Does not go into detail about composting.