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The Garden Organic Guide to Compost Paperback – 15 May 2009


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Ill edition (15 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484652
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.5 x 29.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every household generates a lot of waste products, but after separating them for collection there is still a lot left. Why not benefit your garden by putting in a compost heap or bin? For beginners there seem to be a lot of do's and don'ts to take into consideration so it can seem daunting; here is a book which lifts the lid on how to do it properly. This truly is a really good book. I'm no gardener but I am very into green issues and have a garden, so was keen to learn. As gardening does not interest me especially I didn't want to plough through lengthy treatises on the subject, I just wanted what a lot of people want-a greener way of disposing of my waste. To make this book extra user friendly, every page has lots of photographs with captions telling you how, why and what. For example, there are pictures of what to compost, what not to compost, different options on heaps and bins available, how products compost etc. I found I was learning all the basics I needed to know very easily. There is advice on how to use your compost, making a worm bin (at last I know why mine failed!) and "green compost" plants like winter tares to plant for soil benefit. I particularly liked the last section showing alternative ways of using some waste products normally thrown away. such as yoghourt pots, polystyrene packaging, car tires, plastic bottles and lolly sticks. One for my keeper shelf, and one that also got me thinking about why the way the book is written and presented makes it so readable and useful. Maybe now my worm bin might work...-Myshelf.com --Myshelf.com

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Pauline Pears lives in Leamington Spa. She is Head of Knowledge Transfer, and editor of The Organic Way magazine, at Garden Organic. She has been involved in the practice and promotion of organic growing for over 20 years, and is still a passionate organic vegetable grower. She and her husband cultivate two organic allotments, as well as growing fruit and vegetables at home. Pauline has written several other books in this series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Biggs on 26 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
The content of 48 pages was really, really, really, really, really stretched - eg there were two pages used to tell you that you cannot compost glass bottles, metal cans, wire, and plastic bags and containers (though it "helpfully" told you that recycling aluminium cans uses 95% less energy - a shame they didn't think about the waste of energy in producing such a shockingly useless book). The total information would have fitted in about two pages.
There was absolutely ZERO in technical advice, nothing about temperature of the heap, rates of decomposition, etc. - I reckon you will find MUCH more and MUCH better information in almost any general gardening book.
I was really disappointed...a complete waste of money (and glossy, uncompostable, paper - I can't think of ANYTHING to use it for).
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By Trevor on 28 Dec 2013
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Great book on composting. A bit basic but clear and full of options. An ideal gift for those who haven't enough compost in their lives.
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Although not a comprehensive review of the 'science' of composting this book provides a very accessible introduction to the practicalities of making and using compost. The informative pictures and step by step guides throughout make it easy to, at a glance see how you can make a compost bin, what to put in it and why, using worm composting and finally how to use the finished product. I use this book to inspire people young and old who are new to composting to have a go at making compost for themselves. It is handy to flick through to show people examples of different bins and what they might achieve in their own garden, and would make a great addition to a school library. I trust that any information from Garden Organic - formerly known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association - would be founded in years of expert research, but here is presented in an easy to read way. If you want a more in depth and wordy discussion of composting look elsewhere, but this book is a great way to make a start in home or community composting.
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By P. J. DOBSON on 19 Sep 2010
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THE BOOK PROVIDES A COMPLETE PROGRAM FOR PRODUCING YOUR OWN COMPOST.THE SUBJECT IS COMPREHENSIVELY COVERED WITH BOTH THE RIGHT LEVELS OF PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION. THE INFORMATION IS PRESENTED VERY CLEARLY, THE BOOK IS VERY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.
REGARDS PETE DOBSON
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