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How to Build, Maintain, and Use a Compost System Paperback – Mar 18 2011
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About the Author
Kelly Smith is an author, quilter, and container gardener. Her previous works include the book Open Your Heart with Quilting (Dreamtime, 2008), the magazine article Let s Play in Quilters Home magazine (Nov./Dec. 2008), and several quilt patterns for QuiltingWeekly.com. She is also the National Quilting Examiner for Examiner.com and writes about news and events of interest to quilters. In addition to non-fiction writing, Kelly writes short stories and novels, and maintains a blog at www.redheadedquilter.com. You can follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/quiltinredhead." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In this book, Kelly Smith makes composting accessible to anyone who is interesting. From indoor systems for those who live in apartments or condominiums to larger systems for those who want large amounts of healthy fertilizer for gardens, you can find the answers you need by reading the book.
The contents balance the science you need to succeed with layman's terms so the process is easy to manage. She provides plans on building different styles of composting systems along with many helpful tables. The tables provide quick reference to the nutrient balance of different ingredients, the qualities of different systems, and many other topics.
You don't have to read the book cover to cover to get the answers you want. In fact, Ms. Smith designed the book so that you can read the first couple chapters as your baseline and then skip around to the information you need for wherever you are at in the composting process.
One of my favorite sections covers the myths of composting. Starting on page 23 you'll hear many of the common things people believe about preparing your own compost that simply aren't true. For example, I simply did not know that while earthworms are great in the garden, they aren't a good choice for an intense process like focused composting. This is just one myth that is dispelled making it easier for each person to get started, large or small, with their own composting projects.
As with everything I've seen from Atlantic Publishing, the book is laid out well and the print is a pleasant size to read. I'm sure like many others I've read and recommended, you'll find this book a great addition to your gardening resources. No doubt you'll refer to it repeatedly over the years and get exceptional value for your investment in "How to Build, Maintain, and Use a Compost System."
Its details like this that enlightened me to the more scientific aspects of composting.
From my years of experience of composting, I found that the book painstakingly lays out every last detail in how to create different systems, I just skimmed or passed over these sections and although it was elementary to me I'm realize a beginner would find it beneficial. Also, I have a better understanding of how to create a worm bin.... I think I'll stick to the traditional outside heap!
This book is a perfect beginners guide to getting started and as a reference to anyone who is already experience at the art of composting. I would recommend it to any of my clients to take out the guess work and mystery behind composting.
Wendy Weiner, owner/operator and head gardener for The Front Yard Farmer, LLC