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Best Composting Books: The Ultimate Collection

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Composting books.

Let It Rot!: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey’s Down-To-Earth Guides) (1998)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionTransform 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.
Author(s): Stu Campbell

Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond (2017)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionComposting is no longer only in the realm of environmentalists! It’s not just about reducing food waste; most composters get their hands dirty because of the benefits it brings to the soil in their garden. All the extra nutrients makes for well-fed gardens with plenty of nutrients and rich moisture.
Author(s): Michelle Balz, Anna Stockton

The Rodale Book of Composting, Newly Revised and Updated: Simple Methods to Improve Your Soil, Recycle Waste, Grow Healthier Plants, and Create an Earth-Friendly Garden (Rodale Classics) (2018)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis revised edition of The Rodale Book of Composting includes all the latest in new techniques, technology, and equipment. Gardeners know composting is the best way to feed the soil and turn food scraps into fresh produce, but even urbanites can get on board thanks to programs like compost pickup and citywide food waste initiatives—there’s no better way to reduce landfill waste (and subsequent emissions) and dependence on fossil fuels while nourishing the earth.
Author(s): Grace Gershuny, Deborah L. Martin

Composting Basics: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (How To Basics) (2017)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionHow to recycle household waste to make quality compostYou don’t need a science degree or a shed full of sophisticated equipment to make quality compost. What you need to get started is the know-how provided in this basic how-to book along a little elbow grease and the pile of organic materials you regularly throw away. Nature does the rest.
Author(s): Eric Ebeling, Alan Wycheck, et al.

Composting For Dummies (2010)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionBack-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!
Author(s): Cathy Cromell, The National Gardening Association

The Complete Composting Guide for Beginners: Grow Your Own From Home! (2014)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate Collection‘The Complete Composting Guide for Beginners: Grow Your Own From Home’ by Linda Marsden is a comprehensive guide to composting; what it is, why to do it, how to do it, various techniques, its benefits for the garden and the larger environment and most importantly, how to do it at home.
Author(s): Linda Marsden

Worms Eat My Garbage, 35th Anniversary Edition: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System: Compost Food Waste, Produce Fertilizer for Houseplants and Garden, and Educate Your Kids and Family (2017)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens.
Author(s): Mary Appelhof, Joanne Olszewski, et al.

Composting: Nature’s Recyclers (Amazing Science) (2006)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionDead leaves, food scraps, and grass clippings for lunch? Small animals, fungi, and bacteria called decomposers turn trash into a tasty compost treat. Learn more about compost and how you can use it in your garden or yard. #225,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #229 in Children’s Biology Books (Books) #198 in Children’s Earth Sciences Books (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Robin Koontz, Matthew Harrad

The Composting Troubleshooter: How to Compost and What to Do If It Goes Wrong (2015)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionA Blueprint for Successful Composting Have you ever been frustrated at how long it takes to produce compost at home? Do you know something’s gone wrong with your compost but not sure what? Are you bothered by troublesome flies in your compost bin? If so, then this book is for you. Successful composting Although there are plenty of books written about how to make compost, few focus on preventing problems and providing advice on what to do when things don’t quite go to plan.
Author(s): Jane Gilbert

Composting: How Organic Gardeners Let it Rot and Make Homegrown Humus (Organic Gardening Beginners Planting Guides) (2014)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionJust to say Thank You for checking out this Book I want to give you a copy of my upcoming special report “The Homesteader’s Calendar: Seasonal To-Dos for Sustainable Living & Homestead Survival “. Go to HomesteadSurvivalGuide.com to reserve your FREE copy now. "Composting: How Organic Gardeners Let it Rot and Make Homegrown Humus" shows you how to take nature’s way of recycling organic matter and give it a b…
Author(s): Gaia Rodale

Essential Composting Toilets: A Guide to Options, Design, Installation, and Use (Sustainable Building Essentials Series) (2018)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionComposting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom experience in rural and urban buildings. Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined manual that takes a practical, how-to approach to composting toilet system selection, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and safety objectives.
Author(s): Baird BA, Gord, Baird BSc, Ann

The Humanure Handbook, 4th Edition: Shit in a Nutshell (2019)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionAn updated edition of an underground classic This is the 4th edition of a self-published book that no respectable publisher would touch with a ten-foot shovel. The 1st edition was published in 1994 with a print run of 600 copies, which the author expected to watch decompose in his garage for the rest of his life. Now, 24 years later, the book has sold over 65,000 print copies in the U.S.
Author(s): Joseph C. Jenkins

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and … most flavorful, nutritous vegetables ever. (2008)

 Best Composting Books: The Ultimate CollectionDevelop mature compost right in your garden. Barbara Pleasant and Deborah Martin explain their six-way compost gardening system in this informative guide that will have you rethinking how you create and use your compost. With your plants and compost living together from the beginning, your garden will become a nourishing and organic environment that encourages growth and sustainability.
Author(s): Deborah L. Martin, Barbara Pleasant

Best Composting Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some composting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Worms Eat My Garbage, 35th Anniversary Edition: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System

Author(s): Mary Appelhof & Joanne Olszewski
ID: 2336016, Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC, Year: Dec 26, 2017, Size: 22 Mb, Format: pdf

Still Right: An Immigrant-Loving, Hybrid-Driving, Composting American Makes the Case for Conservatism

Author(s): Rick Tyler
ID: 2603136, Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Organic Waste Composting through Nexus Thinking: Practices, Policies, and Trends

Author(s): Hiroshan Hettiarachchi, Serena Caucci, Kai Schwärzel
ID: 2878574, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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