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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.

1. 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. #32,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5 in Soil Gardening #9 in Agriculture #23 in Vegetable Gardening Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Stu Campbell

2. 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. Composting has “been under the radar screen until now, and seen as a boutique, West Coast thing,” says Jared Blumenfeld, who oversees California as well as two other Western states and the Pacific for the Environmental Protection Agency. “But now…
Author(s): Michelle Balz, Anna Stockton

3. 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. The Rodale Book of Composting offers easy-to-follow instructions for making and using compost;…
Author(s): Grace Gershuny, Deborah L. Martin

4. 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. Whether you live in the suburbs, country, or city, whether you have a garden or not, you can recycle household waste in an environmentally friendly way and turn it into black gold: compost. You’ll learn what and how to compost, how to make or buy…
Author(s): Eric Ebeling, Alan Wycheck, et al.

5. 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! Open the book and find: Learn to: #57,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #9 in Waste Management #57 in Organic Gardening & Horticulture…
Author(s): Cathy Cromell, The National Gardening Association

6. 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. If you’re looking for a simple guide that will get you started with creating your own compost and enable you to decide the best method to choose, this is the book for you. Inside you’ll learn: – What Composting Is – Various Composting Methods and Techniques – Ethical and…
Author(s): Linda Marsden

7. 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. Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment — making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn’t want or can’t have an outdoor compost pile. The fully revised 35th anniversary edition features the original’s same friendly tone, with…
Author(s): Mary Appelhof, Joanne Olszewski, et al.

8. 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

9. 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. In ‘The Composting Troubleshooter’, compost expert Dr Jane Gilbert explains the…
Author(s): Jane Gilbert

10. 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 boost. By creating the ideal conditions for decomposition, composting systems speed up the process, turning kitchen scraps and yard waste into high-quality humus in…
Author(s): Gaia Rodale

11. 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. Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book dispels myths and provides tools to assess various systems. It includes: Offering a professional…
Author(s): Baird BA, Gord, Baird BSc, Ann

12. 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. alone, been translated in whole or in part into 19 languages and been published in foreign editions on four continents. The previous editions won numerous awards,…
Author(s): Joseph C. Jenkins

13. 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. You’ll also find that the enriched soil requires less tending, weeding, and mulching, so you can do less back-breaking work for the same lush, beautiful results.  #241,645 in Books (See Top…
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 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
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC, Year: Dec 26, 2017, Size: 22 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2336016

Bioavailability, Leachability, Chemical Speciation, and Bioremediation of Heavy Metals in the Process of Composting

Author(s): Jiwan Singh, Ajay Kalamdhad
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2321858

Composting basics: all the skills and tools you need to get started

Author(s): Eric Ebeling, Alan Wycheck, Carl Hursh, Patti Olenick
Publisher: Stackpole Books, Year: 2017, Size: 23 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1628733

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure

Author(s): Joseph Jenkins
Publisher: Joseph Jenkins Inc., Year: 2016, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2246744

The Organic Composting Handbook: Techniques for a Healthy, Abundant Garden

Author(s): Dede Cummings
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1315174

Lasagna Gardening: An Introduction To No-Dig Vegetable Gardening using Sheet Composting

Author(s): James Paris
Publisher: Deanburn Publications, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2161823

Composting for Sustainable Agriculture

Author(s): Dinesh K. Maheshwari (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2014, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1289774

Bokashi Composting: Scraps to Soil in Weeks

Author(s): Adam Footer
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2013, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1172475

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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