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Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner Batches, Grow Heaps, Comforter Compost, and Other Amazing Techniques for Saving Time and Money, and Producing the Most Flavorful, Nutritous Vegetables Ever. Paperback – Illustrated, 13 February 2008
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Barbara Pleasant has written about organic gardening and self-sufficient living for more than 30 years. Her books include Starter Vegetable Gardens, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Gardener's Bug Book, The Gardener's Weed Book, and The Gardener's Guide to Plant Diseases.
- Publisher : Storey Publishing; Illustrated edition (13 February 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 319 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1580177026
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580177023
- Dimensions : 21.74 x 1.91 x 27.79 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 393,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm new to composting and have a small garden where I grow some veg. I like to re-use waste from the garden and from my kitchen and make use of it. Our council also run out of green bins and advised I compost my garden waste instead of sending it in a green bin for the council to collect. I was looking for a book to find out more what i can and cannot compost, and some practical advise. I do have a life otherwise, job, kids etc. so not really enough time to have "hospital" compost and whatever else and spend my life doing it.
This is a bible on composting - but not for me. It's a great book, hence the 4 starts but not for the average gardener. It has extensive explanation about how to collect manure, have several heaps and holes etc. to compost in. It also has a whole chapter about growing weird stuff like wheat (obviously not weird but not for the average gardener to grow in a raised bed). I just want to know what to do with some of the weed I pick up, basic stuff like that - which is probably buried somewhere within the book.
I found no useful information in here whatsoever. Sorry, my copy is going back and I hope someone can make more use of it. I think it's perfect if you spend every day in your farm, small holding or allotment and willing to spend a lot of time and effort on your compost. I just have a little bin.
The other thing that I found irritating was the twee names used for different ways to make your compost. It was a deliberate choice, as the author explains (rather late on), intended to demystify and lighten up the usually over-serious tone of other gardening books. While I applaud the attempt to make this important subject more accessible, for me this method did the opposite.
However, I did gain exposure to a lot of new knowledge but feel that I need to read it again as the above-mentioned aspects made it less clear -for me- than I would have liked.