How to Make and Use Compost: The Ultimate Guide

How to Make and Use Compost: The Ultimate Guide


By (author) Nicky Scott

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  • Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 232mm x 16mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 11 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Totnes
  • ISBN 10: 1900322595
  • ISBN 13: 9781900322591
  • Illustrations note: 8pp colour plates
  • Sales rank: 118,426

Product description

Composting is easy, fun, saves you money and helps you to grow lovely plants. Whether you live in a flat with a balcony or have a family and garden that generate large amounts of food and green waste, this book shows you how to compost everything that can be composted - at home, work or school, and in spaces big or small. It covers: * creating the right mix for successful garden compost * how to compost your food waste safely * the full range of composting systems, from plastic 'daleks' to large-scale units, including prices and suppliers * composting with a wormery * making liquid feeds and your own seed and potting compost * composting in schools, with advice on getting a school scheme started. How to Make and Use Compost features a comprehensive A-Z guide, which includes what you can and can't compost, concepts and techniques, and common problems and solutions.

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Author information

Nicky Scott is the coordinator of the Devon Community Composting Network; he helps set up community composting groups and advises schools and businesses on composting kitchen waste. He was involved in the development of the 'Scotty's Hot Box' and the 'Ridan' composter, both now widely used for composting food waste. Nicky is the author of Composting for All and Composting: an easy household guide.

Review quote

'Clearly written and cross-referenced, this book obviously draws from a wide range of composting experience. I would certainly recommend it.' Sue Stickland, gardening writer, author of Back Garden Seed Saving. "Nicky Scott's book tells you everything you need to know about compost systems, wormeries and the incredible value of compost; in short everything a good gardener will love to know more about." Bristol Evening Post / Western Daily Press

Table of contents

Introduction PART ONE 1 Why make compost? 2 How does it work? 3 Making successful compost 4 Choosing the right composting system 5 Composting with worms 6 Using your compost 7 Community composting PART TWO 8 A-Z Guide PART THREE 9 Composting food waste on a large scale 10 Composting in schools Resources