Compost Tour

The Recycling Committee and Sustainable Melrose are hosting a compost tour on Tuesday, June 9 (rain date June 16) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

It will include:

  • Touring a beautiful Melrose garden with extensive use of native New England plants and organic lawn maintenance
  • Seeing two different compost bins in use
  • Discussing how to make composting work for you

RSVP by June 2! Information on location will be emailed prior to the event.

Joan Lounsbury with composter


Composting info at Melrose Public Library

We’re pretty well into growing season right now. Your lettuce and peas should be in the ground, your tomatoes may be sitting at an indoor location that gets some sun, waiting to get outside into your beds, perhaps next weekend. The bird migration is peaking; orioles, tanagers, and warblers of many bright colors are moving through the treetops.

What a great time to be outside! And it’s time to ramp up your composting routines. Perhaps you bought a composter from the city of Melrose this year, or perhaps last year or the year before. Or perhaps you bought one from another source. You still have some work to do to get good-quality compost, and perhaps you need some help.

Fortunately, Melrose Public Library (and the Noble network has lots of books on the subject, and on related topics. We list them here for your convenience. Happy gardening!

Mike McGrath’s book of compost McGrath, Mike, 1956-


Description: vii, 120 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling Pub. Co., c2006.
Easy compost : the secret to great soil and spectacular plants Book

Description: 111 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, c1997.
Re-cycles Ross, Michael Elsohn, 1952-


Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c2002.
Summary: Describes the cycle of soil decomposition and the water cycle, as well as how to develop a compost pile for recycling peapods and other garden products into compost to feed a garden.
The complete compost gardening guide : banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and producing the most flavorful, nutritious vegetables ever Pleasant, Barbara.


Description: 319 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm.
Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2008.
Compost critters Lavies, Bianca.


Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children’s Books, 1993.
Summary: Describes what happens in a compost pile and how creatures, from bacteria and mites to millipedes and earthworms, aid in the process of turning compost into humus.
Compost stew : an A to Z recipe for the earth Siddals, Mary McKenna.


Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Publisher: Berkeley : Tricycle Press, c2010.
Summary: A rhyming recipe explains how to make the dark, crumbly, rich, earth-friendly food called compost.
The MiniFarming guide to composting Markham, Brett L. author.


Description: xi, 211 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013].
Recycling materials Barraclough, Sue.


Description: 30 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Publisher: Mankato : Sea-to-Sea, 2008.
Summary: “Discover how to make a difference to the planet by reusing things, reducing garbage, recycling materials, and respecting our world…”–Cover back.
It’s our garden : from seeds to harvest in a school garden Ancona, George.


Description: [48]p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Summary: Presents a portrait of a Santa Fe community garden, revealing how students and other citizens work together to select and grow annual plants, create compost, release butterflies, harvest edibles, and protect garden beds for the winter.
101 ways you can help save the planet before you’re 12! O’Sullivan, Joanne.


Description: 143 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 21 cm.
Publisher: New York : Lark Books, c2009.
Summary: Presents ideas to protect the planet by doing simple things such as cutting down on water use, starting a compost bin, and creating litter-free lunches.