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How to Make and Use Compost : The Practical Guide for Home, Schools and Communities, Paperback / softback Book

How to Make and Use Compost : The Practical Guide for Home, Schools and Communities Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


The world of compost and how it relates to healthy soil is a fascinating, complex story. Compost helps to create and maintain healthy soil – the foundation of growing organically.

It is also cost-saving, easy and fun, and a fantastic way to learn and connect with nature.

Most importantly, composting is really beneficial for the environment as it massively reduces the amount of noxious methane gas generated from burying food waste in landfill. In How to Make and Use Compost, composting expert Nicky Scott reveals why making compost is so important for healthy soil and the environment, how it works and how to make your own compost.

He provides clear guidance on the most appropriate system for your site, whether you’re composting in a garden or a kitchen, and explains how different composting systems work, including cold composting, wormeries, bokashi and hot boxes. This practical book features an A-Z guide to what you can and cannot compost, composting techniques, common problems and their solutions – from Activators to fertilise the soil with microbial food sources, to Z for Zoo poo if you’re lucky enough to live near a wildlife sanctuary!

It also details how to compost food waste on a large scale for hotels, restaurants, cafés and other establishments, and shows you how to plan a school or community compost scheme.

An extensive list of resources, including websites, organisations, books and where to buy equipment, is also included. Beautifully illustrated with photographs throughout, this handy guide is ideal for gardeners as well as those who want to become more sustainable.


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