Let it Rot!
Author: Stu Campbell
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Transform leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps into gardener’s gold! This easy-to-use guide shows you how to turn household garbage and backyard refuse into nutrient-filled compost that can nourish your soil and promote a thriving garden. You’ll soon be saving money, minimizing waste, and enjoying bountiful harvests.
Reveals why compost is the answer to virtually every garden question. McGrath explains why compost improves soil structure; why it provides the perfect amount of food for every plant; how it fights plant diseases more safely and effectively than any chemical fungicide; and how to make your own.--From publisher description.
Explains what composting is and how it works, provides instructions for making and using compost, and offers ecologically sound solutions to waste disposal problems
Composting For Dummies
Author: Cathy Cromell, The National Gardening Association
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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
Candle Making Basics
Author: Eric Ebeling
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
The complete guide to candle making, from equipment and materials to finished product. Step-by-step photographs and expert advice guide you through the process, showing you how to avoid common mistakes along the way.
Author: Clare Foster
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
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.
Worms Eat My Garbage
Author: Mary Appelhof
Publisher: Worm Woman, Incorporated
The book that started a backyard worm revolution over three decades ago continues to be the definitive guide to vermicomposting--the process of using red worms to recycle human food waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Originally written in 1982 and expanded into a second edition in 1997, Worms Eat My Garbage has sold over 200,000 copies. Author Mary Appelhof excelled at writing scientific information in a format easily understood by the layperson. The book provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining a small-scale worm composting system. This new third edition provides more detail on the anatomy of a red worm. The chapter on worm species updates the number of species identified to date as well as expands on the use of scientific names. Other topics covered are the worm bin ecosystem, the care and feeding of worms, setting up a worm bin, harvesting worm castings, and the benefits of castings to plants. Appelhof also provides plans for building wooden worm bins and shows how to make a bin out of a plastic tub along with information on the manufactured bins presently available in the marketplace."
Do you want to learn to turn food scraps into valuable compost? Do you believe in taking responsibility for the waste we create? People all over the world are turning their food scraps into nutrient-rich worm compost through starting their own worm bin. This book contains everything you need to get started worm composting in one easy-to-read book. Topics include what type of worms to buy, how to construct a bin, maintain the right environment, and how to foster a thriving worm herd. The Worm Bin Troubleshooting and FAQ sections cover the rest. The author demonstrates that worm composting is a year-round activity that is easy, fast, convenient, good for the earth, good for your plants, and fun.
Author: Richard Heinberg
Publisher: New Society Publishers
A stark look at prospects for a truly sustainable culture as the industrial era winds down
How to Mulch
Author: Stu Campbell, Jennifer Kujawski
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Mulch your way to a vibrant and healthy home landscape. Profiling a variety of techniques that include sheet mulches, feeding mulches, and living mulches, Stu Campbell and Jennifer Kujawski help you choose the best mulching strategy for your backyard, vegetable garden, or flower bed. You’ll be amazed at how properly mulching can both beautify your outdoor space and ease your gardening life by retaining moisture, keeping weeds in check, protecting young plants, and boosting production.
Here is a revolutionary approach for heating rooms and generating hot water. Author Gaelan Brown has worked with engineers and compost scientists to refine methods of composting that can heat greenhouses, barns, buildings, and hot water, all without combustion. It seems almost too good to be true: make high-value organic compost while generating reliable combustion-free heat. But it works, and this book is your practical introduction. With detailed case studies of large scale engineered systems and plans for constructing small DIY systems, you'll find step-by-step illustrations and photos to guide you through the process. A review of calculations to help you estimate the heating capabilities of various approaches and other planning tools make this book invaluable for compost heat recovery on any scale.
The essential guide to energy independence – fully revised and updated
Author: Ben Raskin
What does happen to the food we dont eat all those discarded apple cores and rejected Brussels sprouts? Did you know that there are as many living organisms in a teaspoon of soil as there are people in the whole world? And that wriggly worms are our helpful, earthy friends? In Compost, Ben Raskin shares his expert knowledge, answering these questions and many more, through a whole heap of engaging activities and games. Teach your kids that composting is fun (and stop them moaning about emptying the compost bucket) with this funky guide which takes you from compost menus who knew worms were gourmets? to Worms & Ladders, a fresh take on a very traditional board game. Find out the rules for setting up your very own Worm Lovers Society, learn all about the plotto- plate cycle together, and get your family out creating compost together. Warning: Choking Hazard - Small parts. Not for Children under 3 yrs.