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How to Build Maintain and Use a Compost System

How to Build  Maintain  and Use a Compost System Author Kelly Smith
ISBN-10 9781601383549
Release 2011
Pages 288
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There are instructions for those with experience in building on how to build a tumbling barrel composter which is covered in about 14 pages including pictures and diagrams. Building a composting system doesn't have to cost much and is much more economical then purchasing one. The author covers how to use compost and about vermicomposting, which is composting using worms. In the back she includes the web address for each state's Cooperative Extension System (these sites include agricultural information specific to your state) and information about companies who sell composters. Ms. Smith definitely has done her research and this book is a good one to keep on hand when deciding to compost. With it, the reader can make a determination of what type of composting would work best for them and cost effective ways to start and maintain a composting system.

Worms Eat My Garbage

Worms Eat My Garbage Author Mary Appelhof
ISBN-10 9781612129471
Release 2017
Pages 192
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The classic guide to vermicomposting -- using worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants -- is now revised and updated for today's eco-conscious recyclers and gardeners.

Backyard Farming Composting

Backyard Farming  Composting Author Kim Pezza
ISBN-10 9781578265879
Release 2018-06-26
Pages 144
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Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here! Give Back to Your Garden by Composting! Backyard Farming: Composting is your all-in-one guide for creating your own homestead composting plan and adding rich, nourishing humus to your garden. This guide reviews every important topic from what should and should not be composted, benefits and uses for compost, how to build a compost bin, and much more. Whether you’re composting the waste from your farm or just the scraps from your kitchen, Composting is the comprehensive primer for anyone looking to start composting and bring that “black gold” to their own garden. Including detailed instructions and informative photographs that help ensure your compost system is practical and productive, Composting takes you step by step through everything you need to nourish your garden—and build healthy, rich soil. With Composting, you will: • Choose the composting method that works best for you, your needs, and your available material • Discover how to begin a compost system and how to maintain it for optimal yield • Construct your own composting system from a variety of easy-to-follow plans • Learn how to troubleshoot any problem your compost pile might develop • Find out how best to use your compost—including indoor container gardening ...and much more to help you achieve success. More than ever, people everywhere are making a return to a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle. Join the growing movement of homemakers looking to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your very own backyard. Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Composting Author Brian Hanson-Harding
ISBN-10 9781477717813
Release 2013-12-15
Pages 64
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Composting is a way to speed up the natural process of decomposition and return organic materials to the soil. Instead of throwing away organic waste, items such as fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, and yard trimmings can be composted. The result is a dark, crumbly material that can be used to improve the soil and beautify gardens, parks, and lawns. This interesting and practical guide explains how composting works and how to start composting, including setting up a bin, adding the right mix of ingredients, aerating the pile, and more. Successful school and municipal programs across the country are highlighted as well.

Composting For Dummies

Composting For Dummies Author Cathy Cromell
ISBN-10 9780470631263
Release 2010-01-14
Pages 224
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Back-to-basics gardening that will benefit the earth and your wallet! Want to use ordinary waste to create an extraordinary garden? Composting lets you turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into free compost and mulch that's chock-full of nutrients. From building and working with traditional compost bins to starting an indoor worm-composting operation, Composting For Dummies makes these often intimidating projects easy, fun, and accessible for anyone! Digging into compost basics — get a handle on the benefits of composting and the tools you'll need to get started Choosing the best method and location — find the best composting method and location that's right for you, whether it's above ground, in a hole, in a container or bin, or even right in your kitchen Building your pile — learn which ingredients can go into your compost pile, what stays out, and how to mix it all up in the right proportions Stepping beyond traditional composting — get the lowdown on vermicomposting (letting worms eat your garbage), growing green manures to compost later, and sheet composting in the same spot you plan to plant Open the book and find: A step-by-step guide to composting The right gear and tools for the job Tips on constructing your own composting containers and bins Materials you can safely compost (and those to avoid) Cover crops to improve your soil now and compost later Recommendations for using your finished compost What worms contribute to your compost Troubleshooting advice if your compost pile isn't cooperating Learn to: Turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into nutrient-rich compost Build and maintain your own compost bin Use worms to aid in composting, both indoors and out Give your vegetable and flower gardens a boost of energy

The Humanure Handbook

The Humanure Handbook Author Joseph C. Jenkins
ISBN-10 UVA:X030197209
Release 2005
Pages 255
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The Humanure Handbook has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Humanure Handbook also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Humanure Handbook book for free.

Building Soil A Down to Earth Approach

Building Soil  A Down to Earth Approach Author Elizabeth Murphy
ISBN-10 9781627886123
Release 2015-02-15
Pages 200
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This is your down-to-earth, complete manual for achieving great gardening results with your own rich, organic soil! How do you recognize healthy soil? How much can your existing soil be improved? What are the best amendments to use for your soil? Let Building Soil answer your questions and be your guide on gardening from the ground up! Fertilizing, tilling, weed management, and irrigation all affect the quality of your soil. Using author Elizabeth Murphy's detailed instructions, anyone can become a successful soil-based gardener, whether you want to start a garden from scratch or improve an existing garden. If you want methods that won't break your back, are good for the environment, and create high-yielding and beautiful gardens of all shapes and sizes, this is the book for you! Create classic landscape gardens, grow a high-yielding orchard, nurture naturally beautiful lawns, raise your household veggies, or run a profitable farm. A soil-based approach allows you to see not just the plants, but the living system that grows them. Soil-building practices promote more ecologically friendly gardening by reducing fertilizer and pesticide use, sequestering greenhouse gases, and increasing overall garden productivity. Building Soil is a simple book full of practical, up-to-date information about building healthy soils. Simple methods perfect for the home gardener's use put healthy, organic soil within everyone's reach. You don't need a degree in soil management to understand this book; you only need a yard or garden and the desire to improve it at the most basic level.

The Composting Toilet System Book

The Composting Toilet System Book Author David Del Porto
ISBN-10 0966678303
Release 1999
Pages 234
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From systems for cottages to year-round systems with micro-flush toilets and graywater gardens, the wide range of ecological recycling toilet options are featured in The Composting Toilet System Book. More than 40 systems—including those you can buy and those you can build—are featured. Composting toilet systems and other ecological wastewater management methods are increasingly installed in both seasonal and year-round homes, as municipalities require systems that won't pollute the environment and drinking water. This book details why—and how to choose, install and maintain them. You'll also find profiles of owner-operators worldwide, regulatory information for every state, compatible toilet stools (waterless, micro-flush, foam- and vacuum-flush and urine-diverting), a chapter on graywater systems, information about health risks and handling, and sources for many off-the-shelf and DIY designs. If you are seeking to install a system that meets state codes or if you are simply seeking to make your own system, this book is for you. Stop polluting and start recycling and saving water today!

The Complete Guide to Working with Worms

The Complete Guide to Working with Worms Author Wendy Vincent
ISBN-10 9781601385994
Release 2012
Pages 288
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Provides information on composting with earthworms, covering such topics as caring for a worm bin, harvesting, and growing worms and vermicompost for sale.

Soil Management

Soil Management Author H. W. Dalzell
ISBN-10 9251025533
Release 1987-01-01
Pages 177
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Principles of composting; Materials for composting; Practical composting processes; Uses of compost; Environmental aspects; Economic and social aspects; Education and training of farmers and extension staff.

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow Author Linda Glaser
ISBN-10 9780761349112
Release 2010
Pages 32
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Explains how a compost pile works as a system and describes how to build and maintain compost.

The Organic Composting Handbook

The Organic Composting Handbook Author Dede Cummings
ISBN-10 9781629142609
Release 2015-02-10
Pages 192
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Great compost is one of the most important secrets of successful organic gardening. In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the various methods of composting and how to adapt them to your home and garden. With full-color photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this will be a welcome addition to every organic gardener’s library. Topics covered include: • What you can and can’t throw on your compost pile • How to balance nitrogen and carbon in your pile for quick decomposition and rich compost • Buying or building the best tools and containers • Vermicomposting • How to compost indoors • Troubleshooting smelly compost, dry compost, and other problems • How and when to apply the compost to your garden beds With growing concerns about the use of pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs in mainstream gardening practices, more and more families are turning to their backyards to grow their own food using methods they know are safe. The need for clear, straightforward instruction on organic gardening techniques has never been greater. With The Organic Composting Handbook, readers will get the information they need to prepare their gardens for healthy, abundant crops.

The Rodale Book of Composting

The Rodale Book of Composting Author Deborah L. Martin
ISBN-10 0878579915
Release 1992-01-15
Pages 278
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Explains what composting is and how it works, provides instructions for making and using compost, and offers ecologically sound solutions to waste disposal problems

From Garbage to Compost

From Garbage to Compost Author Lisa Owings
ISBN-10 9781512424775
Release 2016-08-01
Pages 24
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How does a pile of garbage become compost? Follow each step in the cycle—from collecting kitchen and yard waste to creating compost for your garden—in this fascinating book!

Composting at School

Composting at School Author Josh Gregory
ISBN-10 9781633624443
Release 2015-08-01
Pages 32
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In this book, students see the NextGen Science process at work in a real-world situation. Readers practice close reading as they look for clues that will lead to a deeper understanding of compost and how it works. The NextGen Science process pushes students to apply critical thinking as they learn new methods of exploration and build on concepts they may already know. Additional tools, including a glossary and index, help students learn new vocabulary and locate information.


Homesteading Author Abigail R. Gehring
ISBN-10 9781602397477
Release 2009
Pages 456
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A companion guide to the best-selling Back to Basics shares recommendations for identifying and incorporating green lifestyle choices, covering practices ranging from container gardening and keeping chickens to using rainwater and supporting sustainable restaurants.


Compost Author Clare Foster
ISBN-10 9781845339883
Release 2014-04-21
Pages 144
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In this new edition of her hands-on guide to the art of composting, House & Garden garden editor, Clare Foster, shows you how to build a compost box, select the best ingredients and put the resulting organic compost to the best use in your outdoor space. By taking some dead leaves, grass cuttings and old banana skins and enlisting the help of bacteria, insects and nature, you can improve and enrich your soil, feed your plants and nourish your vegetables, restoring the natural balance of life in your garden.