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Let it Rot!


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Home composting - art or science?; why compost?; how decomposition works; gourmet's delight or pot-luck?; activators; composting methods to activate your imagination; what to consider before building an outdoor pile; bins, barrels and tumblers; some things you can do to speed decomposition; things you might (or should) worry about; the end product and how to use it; the times they are a-changing.

About the Author

Stu Campbell is an accomplished gardener, writer and skier who lives in Stowe, Vermont. He has written Storey's The Home Water Supply, The Mulch Book, Mulch It!, Let It Rot!, and Improving Your Soil. Stu is also a compulsive composter - collecting piles of particularly attractive leaves from the side of the road! He lives in Stowe, Vermont.


A readable, quietly humorous introduction to composting, this covers reasons to compost; differing approaches; how decomposition works; various methods, ingredients, and containers; how to speed decomposition; and how to use the end result. Campbell is an experienced gardener, and the book goes into great detail, but the text remains clear and interesting. The simple black-and-white illustrations vary between decorative sketches and straightforward diagrams; they could have been more frequent and more informative. The bibliography lists 14 other books on composting; a list of sources of composting supplies is also given. An interesting treatment of a basic subject for general readers, this is recommended for all gardening collections needing material on compost heaps.-- Sharon Levin, Univ. of Vermont Medical Lib., Burlington

"...the composter's bible...Let It Rot will change the way you look at your garbage." - Horticulture Review

"A good general book for setting up a composting system." -- Natural Health

"This is the book we most often use in our composting classes at the Garden. The content is excellent, easy, and entertaining to read." - Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Plants & Gardens News

"The little classic that introduced thousands to composting." - The Boston Globe

"An excellent paperback book ... an easy read with plenty of clear advice." -The Cincinnati Enquirer

"The best book on composting I've found." -- Howard Garrett in The Dallas Morning News

"...perhaps the most comprehensive book available on composting ...from a publisher that all serious gardeners should know about." - Marke Andrews in the Vancouver Sun

"Campbell is an experienced gardener and the book goes in to great detail but the text remains clear and interesting." - Library Journal

"This paperback thoroughly covers the subject, touching on various composting methods, types of containers, where to locate the compost heap, procedures and what to do with the finished product." -Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"...the composting stand-by..." - Salt Lake City Tribune

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