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Poorly titled book
on 4 September 2010
I bought this because I wanted to learn more about permaculture. Am somewhat disappointed to say that I learnt little at all. The authors are obviously passionate about recycling and reusing waste materials which is to be admired and encouraged but a good number of the new uses for waste materials would already be very familiar to many like minded people and especially anyone who has an allotment where cut down plastic bottles used as mini cloches etc. are commonplace. I did find the section suggesting uses for old car tyres interesting but doubt if this will appeal to many people - a pile of old tyres, no matter how useful as planters, is always going to look like a pile of old tyres.
I don't think the diagrams are always very clear and there are only very few photographs. I might have given three stars if the book were cheaper but when compared to say Joy Larcom's essential "Grow Your Own Vegetables" which at £6.99 on Amazon is the complete opposite in terms of value for money, usefulness and clarity. This book should have been given a different title - "54 new uses for waste materials" for example.