I can still see the joy in my Dad’s eyes as he stood in his garden and bit into a sun-warmed tomato he had just picked off the vine.
Or watching my Mom pop a strawberry in her mouth from time to time as she picked a big bowl of perfectly ripe fruit for our strawberry shortcake dessert.
Or the autumn smell of a pot of stew simmering on the stove chock full of veggies from our garden.
Or canning jars full of veggies and fruit from the season’s harvest that my Grandma had just finished “putting up” proudly sitting on the kitchen counter.
Or that first chomp on an ear of corn, dripping with real butter, at a backyard family get together on the Fourth of July. This is the way we lived – and our people before us – and before them.
We didn’t use chemicals on our gardens – to keep out the bugs or to fertilize the plants – and we didn’t think of ourselves as “organic farmers” or any other fancy name.
We used compost to give our plants what they needed and “companion planting” to help control the “critters.”
Of course, we had plenty of kitchen scraps for our compost because that’s the way we ate. And nothing was wasted.
We didn’t have three big cans of garbage that had to be hauled off to the landfill every week.
We recycled before we knew what that word meant.
What this book will teach you:
In this concise booklet, you will learn the basics of composting and several different methods you can use to handle your kitchen scraps, dog feces, and cat litter..
As you learn how to compost your kitchen scraps, leaves, and grass clippings, you will save money on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and you will keep your garbage out of our over-flowing landfills.
REVIEW for How to Make Compost:
“How to Make Compost” written by Renee Benzaim is a good introductory guide into the world of compost. This mini-guide explains many different methods that can be employed to create compost in both indoor and outdoor settings. The many benefits of composting are the first things mentioned; the price (it is free!), the availability (it is for anyone!), and the adaptability (it can be indoor or outdoor!). There are many chapters listed in the book that discuss approaches that might be new to most readers looking to make compost – such as worm compost, compost tea, mushroom compost, urban composting, and bokashi.
I found it very enjoyable to learn about these alternative composting methods. Each method is explained in such detail that a novice compost maker could start trying out these new methods right away. One section that might be particularly important to those living in colder climates is the advice on how to extend what the author refers to as the “compost season.” This section also includes information that would be useful to those composting indoors, as it advocates methods that do not take up much space. After reading this book, I began imagining all the different tucked-away spaces that I could use in my own home to start composting the coffee grounds, fruit and veggie scraps, and egg shells that my family currently just throw away. There are some very informative links posted at the end of the book, including some to YouTube videos with instructions on how to construct worm bins and compost bins; I think I will use these to try to make my own system as it now seems so simple!
Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers’ Favorite
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