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Composting for Dummies (For Dummies)by Cathy Cromell
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Back-to-basics gardening that will benefit the earth and your wallet!
Want to use ordinary waste to create an extraordinary garden? Composting lets you turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into free compost and mulch that's chock-full of nutrients. From building and working with traditional compost bins to starting an indoor worm-composting operation, Composting For Dummies makes these often intimidating projects easy, fun, and accessible for anyone!
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Discover how easy it is to master composting
Whether you're an avid gardener or simply want to reduce the amount of materials you send to the landfill, Composting For Dummies shows you how to turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into free, nutrient-rich compost and mulch.
From building and working with traditional compost bins to starting an indoor worm-composting operation, Composting For Dummies makes these often intimidating projects easy, fun, and accessible. If you've ever said to yourself, I should start composting, this book will help you get the job done. You'll get expert tips and helpful advice on which materials to compost (and materials to avoid), whether to turn or not to turn your pile, how to achieve the right balance of materials in your pile, and more Building plans for a variety of compost bins How to make and maintain a compost pile Up-to-date container trends
With the helpful guidance of Composting For Dummies, you'll discover a back-to-basics skill that will benefit the earth and your wallet
About the Author
Cathy Cromell is a Regional Reporter for the National Gardening Association. She is a certified Master Gardener, Master Composter, and Master Entomologist. The National Gardening Association is the leading garden-based educational nonprofit organization in the United States.
Table of Contents
Part I: Composting Basics.
Chapter 1: Digging into Compost.
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 3: The Decomposition Process.
Part II: Selecting a Home and Method for Your Compost.
Chapter 4: Composting Aboveground or Underground: No Bin Required.
Chapter 5: Working with Compost Containers.
Chapter 6: Erecting Your Own Compost Containers.
Part III: Compost Happens.
Chapter 7: Selecting Your Ingredients.
Chapter 8: Mixing Up a Batch: A Step-by-Step Guide.
Chapter 9: Using Your Finished Compost.
Part IV: Expanding Your Compost Horizons.
Chapter 10: Working with Worms.
Chapter 11: Adding Cover Crops and Green Manures.
Chapter 12: Composting in Sheets.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: Ten Answers to Common Questions about Compost.
Chapter 14: Ten Tips for Troubleshooting Compost.
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