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  1. Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides) by Stu Campbell, 1998-01-03
  2. The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener
  3. Composting For Dummies by Cathy Cromell, The National Gardening Association, 2010-02-08
  4. Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System by Mary Appelhof, 1997-06-30
  5. Composting: Nature's Recyclers (Amazing Science) by Koontz, Robin, 2002-07
  6. Home Composting Made Easy by C. Forrest McDowell, PhD, et all 1998-02-15
  7. The Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Gardening and Composting with Worms by Loren Nancarrow, Janet Hogan Taylor, 1998-03-01
  8. The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition by Joseph C. Jenkins, 2005-09-01
  9. Composting Toilet System Book: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems by David Del Porto, Carol Steinfeld, 2000-05
  10. Composting: An Easy Household Guide (The Chelsea Green Guides) by Nicky Scott, 2007-09-05
  11. Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings
  12. Basic Composting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (Stackpole Basics) (Basic How-to Guides) by Eric Ebeling, 2003-07-01
  13. Complete Book of Composting by J. I. Rodale, 2000-01
  14. Beyond Compost: Converting Organic Waste Beyond CompostUsing Worms (Volume 1) by Tom Wilkinson, 2009-06-25

1. How To Make Compost, A Composting Guide
Compost is one of nature s best mulches and soil amendments, and you can use it instead of commercial fertilizers. Best of all, compost is cheap.
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Why Make Compost?
Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments, and you can use it instead of commercial fertilizers. Best of all, compost is cheap. You can make it without spending a cent. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil's water-holding capacity. Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. Adding compost improves soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development in plants. The organic matter provided in compost provides food for microorganisms, which keeps the soil in a healthy, balanced condition. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus will be produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms, so few if any soil amendments will need to be added. Most gardeners have long understood the value of this rich, dark, earthy material in improving the soil and creating a healthful environment for plants. Understanding how to make and use compost is in the public interest, as the problem of waste disposal climbs toward a crisis level. Landfills are brimming, and new sites are not likely to be easily found. For this reason there is an interest in conserving existing landfill space and in developing alternative methods of dealing with waste. Don't throw away materials when you can use them to improve your lawn and garden! Start composting instead.

2. Composting Tips
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Tips for better composting
1. Don't throw away your kitchen scraps add them to the compost pile. Kitchen scraps are typically high in nitrogen, which helps heat up the compost pile and speed up the composting process. Egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and scraps are all outstanding materials to add. 2. If you're composting with a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a big pile. You don't want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet though. 3. Keep your compost aerated! If you are composting with a tumbling composter, make sure you turn it whenever you add new materials. If you are composting with a pile, or in a static (non-tumbling) compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively. Use a compost aerating tool like this one 4. Don't let the compost completely dry out. A compost pile needs moisture to keep the composting process active.

3. Composting | Wastes | US EPA
Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants.
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Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers the obvious benefits of resource efficiency and creating a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. On this web site, you will learn about the following:

4. Composting - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
composting is the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, producing compost. The decomposition is performed primarily by facultative and
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Please help improve this article , or discuss the issue on its talk page Editing help is available. (December 2007) Composting in the Escuela Barreales, Chile. Composting is the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter , producing compost . (Or in a simpler form: Composting is the decaying of food, mostly vegetables or manure.) The decomposition is performed primarily by facultative and obligate aerobic bacteria , yeasts and fungi, helped in the cooler initial and ending phases by a number of larger organisms, such as ils , and other families representing ants nematodes and oligochaete worms. Composting can be divided into home composting and industrial composting . Essentially the same biological processes are involved in both scales of composting, however techniques and different factors must be taken into account.
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Composting recycles or "downcycles" organic household and yard waste and manures into an extremely useful humus -like

5. Compost Guide - Composting Fundamentals
Source of information for composting needs.
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6. Learn How To Compost And The Benefits Of Composting master.asp?s=lib a=organics/organics.asp composting » Earth 911In this section you will learn how and where to compost, the benefits of composting, and natural lawn care management for your home.

7. Compost! Master Composter Home Composting
How to build a backyard compost pile, build bins, worm composting, trench composting, soil incorporation, glossary, compost reference of organic materials,
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8. Composting For Kids 1
Slide show explains the basics of composting.
Composting is fun! It's also easy. Let's learn about how we make compost and how we use it to grow beautiful gardens.

9. How To
Information concerning various aspects of composting.
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WELCOME! From beginners to experts this web site is designed to be a hub for all composting information. No matter what your interest is, you'll find something here worth you time. Our goal is to be the best resource on the internet for composting information.
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10. Composting: Journey To Forever Organic Garden - How To Turn Wastes Into Clean, H
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11. Composting | Backyard Conservation | Features | NRCS
composting speeds the process by providing an ideal environment for bacteria and other decomposing microorganisms. The final product, humus or compost,

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Composting turns household wastes into valuable fertilizer and soil organic matter.
In Your Backyard
All organic matter eventually decomposes. Composting speeds the process by providing an ideal environment for bacteria and other decomposing microorganisms. The final product, humus or compost, looks and feels like fertile garden soil. This dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling stuff works wonders on all kinds of soil and provides vital nutrients to help plants grow and look better. Decomposing organisms consist of bacteria, fungi, and larger organisms such as worms, sow bugs, nematodes, and numerous others. Decomposing organisms need four key elements to thrive: nitrogen, carbon, moisture, and oxygen. For best results, mix materials high in nitrogen (such as clover, fresh grass clippings, and livestock manure) and those high in carbon (such as dried leaves and twigs). If there is not a good supply of nitrogen-rich material, a handful of general lawn fertilizer will help the nitrogen-carbon ratio. Moisture is provided by rain, but you may need to water or cover the pile to keep it damp. Be careful not to saturate the pile. Turning or mixing the pile provides oxygen. Frequent turning yields faster decomposition.
Getting Started
Many materials can be added to a compost pile, including leaves, grass clippings, straw, woody brush, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, livestock manure, sawdust, and shredded paper. Do not use diseased plants, meat scraps that may attract animals, and dog or cat manure which can carry disease. Composting can be as simple or as involved as you would like, and depends on how much yard waste you have, how fast you want results, and the effort you are willing to invest.

12. Composting For Kids
A scripted slide set written and produced by Robert E. (Skip) Richter, CEAHorticulture, Travis County, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
A scripted slide set written and produced by Robert E. (Skip) Richter, CEA-Horticulture, Travis County, Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Adjust your browser font size to best display the text on the following slides. Click on the right arrow to go forward, the left arrow to go back one slide, and the middle ball to go to the beginning.
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13. Composting 101 - How To Make Compost
An informative guide to composting compost bins!
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A complete home composting guide, this site offers practical information for converting yard, garden and kitchen waste into soil building compost. Want to skip the course and get started now? Choose from a large selection of compost bins available here.
The Dirt on Composting
When I was a little kid I was always intrigued by the alchemists those medieval scientists desperately trying to turn lead into gold. Alchemists never succeeded, but you can turn yard and kitchen scraps into "gardener's gold" by composting.
Montana, where I live, has a shorter than short growing season that's more attuned to cultivating tundra than growing tomatoes. The season is so short that many experienced growers start seeds indoors with grow lights to get a jump on Mother Nature. I know a woman who tried for years to grow decent tasting tomatoes. They always turned out puny, mealy and well, not very good! In other words, tomatoes only their cultivator could love. Last year, she picked up some organic fertilizers and finally decided to mix some organic compost into her soil for a little extra umph. It worked so well that they grew big and beautiful and caught the attention of someone who actually stole the crop out of the woman's back yard. The gal was so miffed she actually filed a police report about it!

14. CORNELL Composting
Case studies, manuals, and informational links to composting waste on a household or municipal scale.

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This website is maintained by the Cornell Waste Management Institute and provides access to a variety of composting educational materials and programs developed at Cornell University.
Everything you ever wanted to know about composting, but were afraid to ask?
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The Cornell Composting Website was developed by Tom Richard, Nancy Trautmann, Marianne Krasny, Sue Fredenburg and Chris Stuart.
Science and Engineering
This section outlines the basic science and engineering principles involved in the composting process. There are a number of calculations and experiments you can try out on your own.
Composting in Schools
A special section for students and teachers using composing in the classroom. Don't miss the section on "weird and unusual composting." For specific comments related to this page, please contact the Cornell Waste Management Institute.

15. Home Composting
Basic howto information on composting at home. composting, nature s own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as
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      Composting , nature's own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food waste. Compost is the soil amendment product that results from proper composting. Whether it's done on site, at the point of waste generation or in a large-scale, centralized facility, composting helps to keep the high volume of organic material out of landfills and turns it into a useful product. On-site composting reduces the cost of hauling materials and is generally exempted from solid waste regulations. Large scale facilities can handle more material and potentially produce a more consistent product, but may be faced with regulatory issues. Compost Helpers
      If you are thinking about starting a compost pile in your back yard don't be surprised by the critters taking up residence in your pile. Don't panic! They belong there!

16. US Composting Council
The USCC is a nonprofit trade and professional organization promoting compost.

17. The Compost Resource Page Compost SchoolThe objective of the Maine Compost School is to provide training to people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations.

18. Composting 101 - How To Compost
composting is the art of turning organic waste into a rich soil amendment called humus. Backyard composting is easy to learn and is full of benefits for you

About Us Promotion in the Community Education in Schools ... Why Compost? How to Compost Vermicomposting Pictures Compost Quest Articles Resources ... Contact Us Composting is the art of turning organic waste into a rich soil amendment called humus. Backyard composting is easy to learn and is full of benefits for you and the environment. Organic wastes that can be composted include fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grass clippings and leaves. Some things you should not include in your backyard compost include meat or dairy products and weed seeds. The Five Key Factors
To make an effective efficient compost pile, you need to consider these five key factors:
  • Food: The Fifty-Fifty Rule: A perfect mixture of material consists of ½ brown (carbon-based material) and ½ green (nitrogen-based) material by weight.

19. Howstuffworks "How Composting Works"
composting is a good way to reduce solid waste. Start composting with our stepby-step guide and learn how to make composting columns and do a trash audit. RSS Make HowStuffWorks your homepage Get Newsletter Search HowStuffWorks and the web:
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Americans generate about 210 million tons (231 million short tons) of trash, or solid waste , each year. Most of this trash (57 percent) gets placed in municipal landfills . About 56 million tons (27 percent) is recovered through either recycling, in the case of glass, paper products, plastic or metals, or through composting, in the case of yard waste. Composting is a method for treating solid waste in which organic material is broken down by microorganisms in the presence of oxygen to a point where it can be safely stored, handled and applied to the environment. Composting is an essential part of reducing household wastes. It can be done inexpensively by every household and produces a product

20. Worm Composting
Details the benefits of composting with red wiggler worms.
Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture
Composting With Red Wiggler Worms
City Farmer's Step-By-Step Photo Guide to Worm Composting
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City Farmer's Comix: How to Worm Compost
See Metro Vancouver's brochure on Worm Composting along with other composting guides.
Why Compost?
Recycling the organic waste of a household into compost allows us to return badly needed organic matter to the soil. In this way, we participate in nature's cycle, and cut down on garbage going into burgeoning landfills.
Why Compost With Worms?
Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earth-smelling soil conditioner. The great advantage of worm composting is that this can be done indoors and outdoors, thus allowing year round composting. It also provides apartment dwellers with a means of composting. In a nutshell, worm compost is made in a container filled with moistened bedding and redworms. Add your food waste for a period of time, and the worms and micro-organisms will eventually convert the entire contents into rich compost. The following information is based on the experiences of a network of worm composters linked to City Farmer, Vancouver, and the excellent and practical book:

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