I love old books…the yellowed pages, the stained covers, the old book smell. There is something about an old book with out of date writing style and pictures of people from long ago that I just adore!
My favorite bookstore to hunt for old books is Powell’s Books. If you old book obsessed then Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon is truly a spiritual experience, if there is a bookstore in heaven it will be Powell’s! A few years ago when I was wandering its maze of aisles I found myself in the gardening section…ok I admit that is usually where I end up! I spotted among the new and shiny garden books, with their covers of perfect cabbage roses and sophisticated Japanese maples, this plain water stained cucumber green, enormous but squat book. It had nothing on the cover but the words “The Complete Book of Composting by J.I. Rodale and Staff” My first thought is how in the world could there ever be over 1000 pages worth of information on just composting? My second thought is darn this is one ugly book! I flipped to the Introduction page,
“Compost is the core, the essential foundation of natural gardening and farming. It is the heart of the organic concept”
Across the page was written “SIXTH PRINTING-DECEMBER 1969”.
I didn’t know that there even was an “organic concept” in 1969! Next I checked out the Table of Contents, here are just a few of its 27 chapters:
The History Of Compost, The Basics of Compost, Composting Methods For The Gardener, Applying Compost On The Farm, The Earthworm’s Role In Composting, Personal Experiences, Compost And The Health Of Animals and Man, Humus-The End Product, and even Compost And The Law
I was hooked, its old, its about composting, and not just a superficial look at composting either but a 27 chapter 1000 page behemoth of composting . With its great old black and white pictures and price tag of only $8.95 how could I resist?
After owning this for years and referring to it often I can say that anyone who has either an old book, or compost fetish that this is a great addition to your library…if you can find it!
Never judge a book by its cover!
You’ve got to love a woman who composts in a dress with her hair done up! Very attractive compost bin.
I thought this was a novel idea. A compost bin with a cement floor that slopes down to grooves that funnel the rain water turned ‘compost tea’ in sunken cans in the ground. With the amount of rain we get around here I would need a couple of 5 gallon buckets instead of little coffee cans!
So do you collect old books? How about old garden tools? Maybe even great old farm signs…
Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and… a camel!
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