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The Complete Compost Gardening Guideby Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin
After obsessing over house projects, it's refreshing and lovely to go outside and play in the dirt for a while. Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin's Complete Compost Gardening Guide is the best book on composting that I've ever read. Full of color photos and useful information, this book is a fantastic resource for making your own "black gold." Pleasant and Martin introduce the reader to different kinds of composting, such as "comforter compost" and banner batches, and explain how to "activate" your compost with dry dog food and kill pesky weed seeds. They also give the lowdown on tools, explain what materials to put in your pile, and tell why sifting compost is a good idea. If you think that composting is just putting kitchen scraps into a black plastic Metro bin, you'd better read this great book.
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Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin turn the compost bin upside down with their liberating system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and the plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment. The authors' bountiful, compost-rich gardens require less digging, weeding, mulching, and even less planting. And here's one of the best parts: and no more backbreaking slogs from compost bin to garden. The authors even identify the plants that benefit most from compost and how the elements of a composted garden work together.
A natural Six-Way Compost Gardening System provides the ruling principles for successfully improving every garden with healthy compost. Readers will learn how to:
Adhering to these guidelines, Pleasant and Martin bring readers on a thorough, informative tour of materials and innovative techniques, leading the way to an efficient and rewarding home gardening system. Their methods are sure to help gardeners turn average vegetable plots into rich incubators of healthy produce, bursting with fresh flavor, and flower beds into rich tapestries of bountiful blooms all season long.
Book News Annotation:
Compost devotees think outside the compost bin in presenting ways to better utilize this garden resource. After introducing the rationale for and basics of recycling organic materials, Pleasant and Martin present such labor-saving techniques as banner batches, grow heaps, and "catch-and-release" vermicomposting. They also address the challenges of composting such materials as dead fish and old bones, and provide recipes for compost tea and special soils for specific crops. The well-illustrated guide, commended by Mother Earth News, includes safety tips, a glossary, and compost gardening resources (including the authors' Web site). Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Turn the compost bin upside down! The nutritious, organic diet your garden craves is as simple as creating compost heaps right in the garden. Plants and compost live together in labor-and time-saving harmony, producing bright, sweet, juicy vegetables all season long.
About the Author
Award-winning author Barbara Pleasant has written abouttackling some of gardeners' worst nightmares: bugs, plantdiseases, and weeds. Her books include The Gardener's BugBook, The Gardener's Guide to Plant Diseases, The Gardener'sWeed Book,and Garden Stone,2003 winner of the Garden Writers Association's Garden Globe Award.A contributing editor to Mother Earth Newsand regionalcorrespondent for Gardening How-Tomagazine, Barbara lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. Her website isbarbarapleasant.com.
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