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Book Review: The CIG to Composting

Updated on December 11, 2010

Do you wish that you knew the secret to creating your own compost? It’s easy to see how composting is good for the environment and to understand how having a ready supply of nutrient-rich compost can make a difference of your harvest come gardening season.

Even though the benefits of composting are apparent, the idea of getting started can certainly seem overwhelming. If you want to find out how anyone – even you – can get started composting, you’ll likely find The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting by Chris McLaughlin to be an invaluable resource.

About The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting

When you read The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting , you’ll learn everything you need to know about composting. You’ll find out why composting is so good for the environment and you’ll learn what it is that makes compost such an excellent fertilizer. Additionally – and most importantly – you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to create and use your own compost when you read this book.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting is written with the needs of home gardeners in mind. You don’t have to be a scientist or a master gardener to grasp the concepts of follow the steps presented in this book. The book provides detailed information and instructions in a step-by-step process that anyone who’s interested in learning more about composting can understand and implement.

The book “walks” readers through the process of deciding what kind of container to use for compositing, provide you with guidelines for deciding what kinds of waste items to include in your compost pile, and enable you to know exactly what to do to play your part in allowing nature to take its course in the process of transforming your household waste into nutrient rich fertilizer in an environmentally responsible manner.

Should You Read The CIG to Composting?

If you’re ready to tackle the project of composting and you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed, this book is an excellent resource to read before you get started. The knowledge that you gain from reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting can put your mind at ease and ensure that you have all of the information that you need to successfully integrate composting into your lifestyle.

About the Author

Chris McLaughlin is an expert when it comes to gardening and composting. She is an avid gardener with impressive credentials and extensive experience writing about gardening. She is a Master Gardener and also holds a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She is editor of the Home Gardening Page for Foodie Mama, contributes to and also writes the San Francisco Gardening Examiner column for


Special thanks to Alpha Publishing, a member of Penguin Group (USA) for providing me with an opportunity to review this book.


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    Chris McLaughlin 

    7 years ago

    I thank you so much, Meg, for that wonderful review!


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