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Exploring one of the most straightforward and rewarding garden activities, this handy, easy-to-follow guide reveals every aspect of making and using compost--selecting the right type of container, deciding on the recipe that makes best use of the waste materials on hand, and showing the variety of ways in which this almost magical material can be put to work in the garden. For anyone concerned with sustainability, creating compost is an almost effortless way to give something back to Mother Nature, while enjoying the satisfaction of a healthy, bountiful garden for a fraction of the cost of commercially bought soil conditioners.
Over 500,000 copies of this useful book have been sold in the first nine printings. This new second edition contains new graphics, the latest information on composting and household refuse, and descriptions of the most current tools available to help readers get started with their own composting program.
Your patio, balcony, rooftop, front stoop, boulevard, windowsill, planter box, or fire escape is a potential fresh food garden waiting to happen. In "Grow Great Grub," Gayla Trail, the founder of the leading online gardening community (YouGrowGirl.com), shows you how to grow your own delicious, affordable, organic edibles virtually anywhere. "Grow Great Grub" packs in tips and essential information about: - Choosing a location and making the most of your soil (even if it's less than perfect) - Building a raised bed, compost bin, and self-watering container using recycled materials - Keeping pests and diseases away from your plants--the toxin-free way - Growing bountiful crops in pots and selecting the best heirloom varieties - Cultivating hundreds of plants, from blueberries to Thai basil, to the best tomatoes you'll ever taste - Canning, and preserving to make the most of your garden's generosity - Green-friendly, cost-saving, growing, and building projects that are smart and stylish "- And much more " Whether you're looking to eat on a budget or simply experience the pleasure of picking tonight's meal from right outside your door, this is the must-have book for small-space gardeners--no backyard required. GAYLA TRAIL is the creator of the acclaimed top gardening website yougrowgirl.com. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in publications including "The New York Times," "Newsweek," "Budget Living," and "ReadyMade." A resident of Toronto who has grown a garden on her rooftop for more than 10 years, she is the author of "You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening. "
The essential guide to composting for all gardeners and enviromentally conscious people Composting is fast becoming a household word. Gardeners know it is the best way to feed the soil, while others look to composting as a way to dispose of grass clippings, autumn leaves, and tree trimmings. "The Rodale Book of Composting" offers: * Easy-to-follow instructions for making and using compost * Helpful tips for apartment dwellers, suburbanites, farmers and community leaders * Ecologically sound solutions to growing waste disposal problems