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Composting
Improve your soil and return the nutrients from your kitchen scraps -
the third rule of permaculture is "return the surplus".

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Soil and Composting: The Complete Guide to Building Healthy, Fertile Soil Soil and Composting:
The Complete Guide to Building Healthy, Fertile Soil

(Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides)

by Nancy Ondra, Barbara Ellis
Paperback (1998)
While most gardeners aren't blessed with ideal soil to start with, it is possible to improve almost any site.   This guide provides clear and practical information on making compost, taking soil samples, all-organic methods of feeding plants, dealing with poor drainage, choosing and using mulches effectively, and more.
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings Backyard Composting:
Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings

by Harmonious Technologies, John Roulac
Paperback (1997)
This book tells you everything you need to know about composting and household refuse, and most importantly, how to get STARTED, and will be enough to convince you to finally get organized and go for it.  Backyard Composting is often distributed by sponsoring agencies for public education and included with the purchase of a compost bin.  This book combines basic how-to’s and a holistic perspective of how compost fits in to the notion of sustainability, recycling, and permaculture.
The Complete Book of Compost The Complete Book of Compost
by Robert Francis
Paperback(1998)
Autumn leaves... Old tea bags... Dandelions... Watermelon rinds...  It all adds up to much more than a pile of trash for smart homeowners - who know they can save space and money by composting more than half their garbage... and give their gardens the kind of nourishment only nature can provide.
The Gardener's Guide to Composting Let It Rot:
The Gardener's Guide to Composting
(Storey's Down-To-Earth Guides)

by Stu Campbell
Paperback (1998)
Simplifies the technical terminology to make composting easy. Also provides information on selecting and combining the right materials, such as grass, garbage, weeds, and ashes.  The home gardener's guide to composting.   A relaxed easy-going treatment of a time-honored garden practice.   It makes good sense to learn how to create compost by recycling the many waste materials readily available around your home.

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