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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Best “How to Compost” Resource

Posted by admin on October 24, 2010

Let it Rot!: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting” is the first book about composting that I ever purchased. In fact, it’s the only book about composting that I’ve purchased.

Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting“Let it Rot” is a comprehensive and easy to read and follow guide with everything you need to know about composting to really do it right.

With “everything you need to know” about composting in one small, easy to read volume emphasizes my philosophy that composting is so easy. In his book, Stu Campbell takes the scientific mumbo jumbo and simplifies it into terms that anyone can understand.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. Here’s what others have to say about Let it Rot!

From Library Journal

A readable, quietly humorous introduction to composting, this covers reasons to compost; differing approaches; how decomposition works; various methods, ingredients, and containers; how to speed decomposition; and how to use the end result. Campbell is an experienced gardener, and the book goes into great detail, but the text remains clear and interesting. The simple black-and-white illustrations vary between decorative sketches and straightforward diagrams; they could have been more frequent and more informative. The bibliography lists 14 other books on composting; a list of sources of composting supplies is also given. An interesting treatment of a basic subject for general readers, this is recommended for all gardening collections needing material on compost heaps.
- Sharon Levin, Univ. of Vermont Medical Lib., Burlington
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

And here’s more…

“…the composter’s bible…Let It Rot will change the way you look at your garbage.” – Horticulture Review

“A good general book for setting up a composting system.” — Natural Health

“This is the book we most often use in our composting classes at the Garden. The content is excellent, easy, and entertaining to read.” – Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Plants & Gardens News

“The little classic that introduced thousands to composting.” – The Boston Globe

“An excellent paperback book … an easy read with plenty of clear advice.” –The Cincinnati Enquirer

“The best book on composting I’ve found.” — Howard Garrett in The Dallas Morning News

“…perhaps the most comprehensive book available on composting …from a publisher that all serious gardeners should know about.” – Marke Andrews in the Vancouver Sun

“Campbell is an experienced gardener and the book goes in to great detail but the text remains clear and interesting.” – Library Journal

“This paperback thoroughly covers the subject, touching on various composting methods, types of containers, where to locate the compost heap, procedures and what to do with the finished product.” –Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“…the composting stand-by…” – Salt Lake City Tribune

Pick up your copy of Let it Rot!: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting now. Get started composting the right way.

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What Did You Do With Your Leaves?

Posted by admin on December 15, 2008

The theory is that the dried leaves that have fallen from your trees are difficult to compost. There are two easy solutions to that problem.

  1. Mulch them before you put them into the composter.
  2. Add nitrogen rich materials along with the leaves that you put into your composter.

Mulching your leaves can be as simple as running over them with a lawnmower. In fact, using a mower with a grass catcher even saves the time of having to rake them into a pile. That should be appealing to anyone who is as lazy as me.

According to Greg at Reduce Pollution Tips, mixing in one part manure to five parts leaves helpx them break down quicker. He also recommends other nitrogen rich sources such as bone meal, dried blood, or cottonseed.

I don’t readily know of a source for those materials, and furthermore, the thought of hauling and handling cow poop doesn’t have a strong appeal to me. I think I’ll stick to the one handy nitrogen source that is in heavy supply for me – namely, grass clippings and kitchen waste. I’m sure manure would greatly speed the process, but I’m way more into convenience.

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Compost How To: Ink in Vegetable Garden Compost

Posted by admin on October 28, 2008

I went to Yahoo Answers to get some Compost How To regarding contents that you add to your garden composter. I was concerned about the ink on the shredded paper and cardboard that I introduce into my garden composter. I found this question on the topic.


How about the ink on cash register receipts from the store? How about the ink on cereal boxes and other packaging? What about the glue in corrugated cardboard boxes? This compost is for vegetable gardening.


Read on in the comments for a detaile answer that was given on this topic.

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How to Build a Garden Composter

Posted by admin on October 24, 2008

Here’s a links to a site that give some instruction on how to build a Garden Composter.

This website describes how to build your own garden composter. If you want small scale composting, just use a smaller plastic bin, a package of fishing worms and your compostables. this bin can even be placed under a counter or on your back porch. use a hand spade for occasional turning.

Another simple method is one that I got from Yahoo Answers:

Use 4 pallets (construction companies have them coming out of their ears, so do large home improvement stores). You lay all four end to end on the ground, then lay a layer of chicken wire on top of them. Staple the chicken wire down, then stand the whole thing up. THat will leave you with one corner not connected. It’ll be very heavy when it’s done, so it’s best to assemble it where you want it to stay. Using this method you will have good air circulation and it’ll be much easier to get inside the bin to stir it up or remove compost.

You can’t get much simpler than that.

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How to Make a Worm Compost

Posted by admin on October 23, 2008

A kid did this video for his science project. He seems like such a fun and humorous young lad. :)

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a worm compost, after watching this, you’ll know. It’s a short little video, but quickly demonstrates the simple steps to set up a worm compost.

Duration : 0:4:1

WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

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Compost How To

Posted by admin on

I found this question on Yahoo answers and though that the replies contributed valuable insight.

Some people say you have to let the air get in and others say you have to close it up in order for the heat to build up which hastens decomposition. Who is right?

Also looking for ideas on *how to do a home made compost bin.

  • Steps in creating good compost.
  • how to attract worms
  • can I use chopped up twigs
  • should I mix soil in with the compost to hasten decomposition.

Here’s a site that provides some good comprehensive information on the topic…

Read through the comments on this post. The authors of the comments offer some great compost how to for the garden composter.

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