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Compost Hardcover – 19 Feb 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (19 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780756613419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756613419
  • ASIN: 0756613418
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,805,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Thompson is a plant ecologist and senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield. He writes regularly for gardening magazines, promoting the science behind gardening to the general reader. His previous books include An Ear to The Ground and No Nettles Required. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Uig on 11 April 2009
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Although probably written as an introduction, this is an excellent little book which covers all the key strands of composting exceptionally well; all the way from the science to the practicalities. It is packed full of useful stuff expressed in a very digestible manner, and at times you forget how much information the author is imparting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Brocklebank on 16 Feb 2009
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Saw this book at a National Trust bookshop but bought it here as it was far cheaper.

Excellent information and written in an easy manner. I've got 4 compost bins and wood to make a bigger one - project for the spring. Don't bury it in landfill - compost it and give your garden a treat.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Born Again Cruciverbalist on 2 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
The author is a plant biologist and senior lecturer at Sheffield University. He knows more about compost than most amateur gardeners so, unless you are a professional, you will almost certainly learn something new about compost.

The book confirms my own experience that to make really good compost you need a big bin or pit, the bigger the better. The plastic bins that local councils sell are better than just a heap but they are not big enough to generate the heat needed for good compost. A few years ago I built a compost pit near the bottom of our large garden. When our gardener stood in it to turn the contents over, he remarked how hot it was for his wellies.

We put some of the compost in troughs on the terrace and planted some drumstick primulas I had grown on from plug plants. They grew like mad in this compost with leaves like cabbages. Identical primulas planted in a garden bed grew well but not as vigorously as those in the compost. So if you have room, make a big compost bin or pit. If not, let your local council collect your garden waste then buy compost from them.

Unfortunately, the author, like so many scientists, is not a good writer. There are several sentences with no verb. There are also ambiguous sentences that you need to re-read to discern the meaning.

I blame the publishers (Dorling-Kindersley) rather than the author. They should have edited the text to make it easier to read. Instead, the team of D-K people listed at the front of the book seem to have spent more time trying to make the book look pretty. There are lots of photographs, many without captions but the text on many pages in printed on deep colours such as tan, green, purple and plum. If your eyesight is not so good, you may have difficulty reading the text of these pages.
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