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SMITH and HAWKEN

THE HANDS-ON GARDENER

A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR BACKYARD COMPOSTING

Offering a wealth of both practical and technical information, here is a thorough, step-by-step program for getting the most out of composting, no matter how much time is spent. Including:

Simple or Managed Letting Nature run its course, or hurrying decomposition. Materials to use, materials to avoid. Fine-tuning the carbon/nitrogen ratio. Year-round compost production.

Equipment Bins, boxes, and the Biostack. The "red wiggler" composting worm. Shredders and loppers, sieves and sifters.

Reaping the Benefits How to improve soil texture, provide nutrition, adjust soil chemistry, fight plant diseases and pests, and discourage weeds.

Problem-Solving If the pile begins to smell. Critters and bugs. Too wet or too dry.

Liz Ball has been both the author and photographer for numerous garden books, including Rodale Press's Garden Problem Solver series. She also serves as a regional director of the Garden Writer's Association of America.

Synopsis:

The third single-subject primer from Smith & Hawken, "Composting" is basic enough to get any new gardener started, yet sufficiently detailed to serve as an essential reference for the experienced composter. The book covers all the many compost bins and tools available and common problems, such as smells, animal attraction, drying out, and more. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

Compost is "black gold." Whether you passively keep a pile in the corner of the yard or actively manage a series of bins, creating and using the compost is the gardener's best method for tending the soil's health.

Fully illustrated throughout, Composting begins with the least time-consuming method-which produces compost in a year or two-and graduates to active techniques that turn out a usable compost in six to eight weeks. It covers materials suitable for compost (both "brown" and "green"); how to achieve a proper balance of carbon, nitrogen, air, and water for the fastest and most efficient decomposition; and how to employ compost in the most effective ways-as topdressing for lawn and garden; as soil-enrichment for a new bed; and as a medium for seedlings.

Synopsis:

Composting begins with the least-maintenance method--pile up dead leaves and grass trimmings in a corner of the yard and let nature do its work--and graduates to those methods that require more involvement but also yield greater and faster results. It covers materials suitable for compost; how to achieve the proper balance of carbon, nitrogen, water, and air for fastest decomposition; how to monitor and adjust the pileís heat; as well as common problems and what to do about them.

About the Author

Liz Ball is the author and photographer of eight garden books, including Rodale's Garden Problem Solver series. Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous catalogs, magazines and books. A regional director of the Garden Writers' Association of America, she lives and gardens outside Philadelphia, PA.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

WHAT IS SOIL?

The Life of Soil

Making Humus by Composting

NURTURING THE SOIL

Organic Materials for Composting

SIMPLE COMPOSTING

Making the Simple Compost Pile

Other Simple Composting Methods

MANAGED COMPOSTING

The Pros and Cons of Managed Composting

Building the Managed Composting Pile

Doing It All

COMPOSTING SITES

General Specifications

Screening the Composting Area

CHOOSING A COMPOST BIN

Criteria for a Compost Bin

Making Your Own Bin

Commercial Compost Bins

Alternatives to Bins and Boxes

COMPOSTING TOOLS and SUPPLIES

Equipment to Shred or Chop Materials

Other Composting Tools and Supplies

THE BENEFITS of COMPOST

Compost Benefits Soil

Compost Benefits Plants

HOW to USE COMPOST

Stretching Compost

Using Compost in Your Landscape

SOLVING COMPOST PROBLEMS

Problems with Your Pile

Dealing with Kitchen Garbage

Substituting When Your Compost Runs out

Product Details

ISBN:
9780761107323
Author:
Anderson, Jim
Author:
Anderson, Jim
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Compost
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Smith & Hawken the Hands-On Gardener
Publication Date:
19980102
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.96x5.33x.43 in. .45 lbs.

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Product details 160 pages Workman Publishing - English 9780761107323 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The third single-subject primer from Smith & Hawken, "Composting" is basic enough to get any new gardener started, yet sufficiently detailed to serve as an essential reference for the experienced composter. The book covers all the many compost bins and tools available and common problems, such as smells, animal attraction, drying out, and more. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Compost is "black gold." Whether you passively keep a pile in the corner of the yard or actively manage a series of bins, creating and using the compost is the gardener's best method for tending the soil's health.

Fully illustrated throughout, Composting begins with the least time-consuming method-which produces compost in a year or two-and graduates to active techniques that turn out a usable compost in six to eight weeks. It covers materials suitable for compost (both "brown" and "green"); how to achieve a proper balance of carbon, nitrogen, air, and water for the fastest and most efficient decomposition; and how to employ compost in the most effective ways-as topdressing for lawn and garden; as soil-enrichment for a new bed; and as a medium for seedlings.

"Synopsis" by ,
Composting begins with the least-maintenance method--pile up dead leaves and grass trimmings in a corner of the yard and let nature do its work--and graduates to those methods that require more involvement but also yield greater and faster results. It covers materials suitable for compost; how to achieve the proper balance of carbon, nitrogen, water, and air for fastest decomposition; how to monitor and adjust the pileís heat; as well as common problems and what to do about them.
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