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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.
HOW DOES YOUR garden grow? With apple cores and carrot tops and wiggly worms all in a row A young child builds a compost in this back-tothe-earth lift-the-flap board book. Toddlers will love these seven spreads of playful rhymes and illustrations that show how much fun working with dirt can be.
More and more people are venturing into the dirt every day, inspired by the promise of fresh-from-the-backyard produce and lower grocery bills. But like any hobby, gardening has its pitfalls; without the right planning and know-how, even experienced gardeners can discover with shock that they've grown a $64 tomato Fortunately, gardeners don't have to choose between frugal and fantastic. In "The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb," Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, commonsense advice that helps growers save money . . . without compromising the harvest. Using an accessible tip format, Hart offers time-tested solutions that stretch a dollar, even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, and from compost to water conservation, Hart's advice ensures that readers waste neither time nor money. The book offers dozens of helpful lists, including "pennywise plants" and "best ofs," and it covers all types of gardens - including vegetables, flowers, houseplants, and landscape foliage. Sidebars offer innovative moneysaving tips and simple instructions. The book will appeal to the first-time gardener, as well as to more experienced growers who are newly budget-conscious.
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.