Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.


I’m determined to have a healthy, abundant garden this year, and due to my two beagles running around the yard, I want to leave chemicals out of the equation.  Trying to learn all the secrets of organic gardening at first seemed overwhelming to me, but I decided to start slowly and explore topics one at a time.  Composting was the first organic gardening topic on my list.  The aptly named Compost by Clare Foster is a simple beginner’s guide to understanding the compost pile.  The book gives a brief description of the science behind decomposition and then delves into all the materials suitable for the process.  Foster details various techniques for achieving the best, least-smelly compost pile possible, and does so in a clear, concise manner perfect for a beginner.  I’m confident my garden will benefit from this book, not to mention the fact that I look forward to making fewer trips to the garbage can!


Caitlin H.


Great post Caitlin! I have been thinking about composting for my own gardens for almost a year now, but this book, and your very nice blog about it, has inspired me to actually get it done. Thanks
This book does look very helpful for those of us inerested in composting. Thanks for the recommendation, Caitlin. Good luck on your garden and keep those beagles safe! Beth

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