Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2007
Regional Report


Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting, by Stu Campbell (Storey Publishing, 1998; $12.95), is certainly not a new book, but the third edition of a classic. This guide to composting is one I pull out at the beginning of every gardening season to brush up on my composting techniques. It's a great, not terribly technical, guide for the beginner or seasoned gardener and will get you started into the wonderful world of composting with a bit of humor, a bit of awe, and a lot of good solid advice.

Clever Gardening Technique

Sheet Composting
Sheet composting is probably the easiest composting method in the world. Simply set aside one of your garden beds for the season. Starting at one end, dig a hole about 6 inches deep and dump your kitchen scrap bucket into the hole. Cover with dirt and mark the edge. Next time, dig a hole right next to it and do the same thing. By the end of the season, all will be rotted and you can plant fall vegetables or spring flowers the next season in that bed. You'll have incredible results!


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