How to Make and Use Compost
The practical guide for home, schools and communities

By Nicky Scott

How to Make and Use Compost
Paperback, 200 pages £13.99
Published: 4th February 2021
ISBN: 9780857845450
Format: 234mm x 156mm

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Composting is easy and fun, it saves you money and helps you grow lovely plants. More importantly, it is good for the environment, as it massively reduces the amount of noxious methane gas generated from burying food waste in landfill. It’s great for the soil and a great way to learn about nature. Written by Nicky Scott, the author of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, this book shows you how to go about composting. 

Nicky is an activist who has been teaching composting for years. He explains why making compost is so important for healthy soil and the environment, how it works and how to make your own compost, in spaces big and small. He shows how different composting systems work including cold composting, wormeries, bokashi and hot boxes. He gives guidance on the most appropriate system for your site, whether you’re composting in a garden or a kitchen.

In How to Make and Use Compost, he explains:

  • why making compost is so important for healthy soil and the environment
  • how it works
  • how to make your own compost in spaces big and small
  • how different composting systems work
  • the best system for your site, whether you’re composting in a garden or a kitchen.

The book features an A-Z guide to what you can and cannot compost, composting techniques, common problems and their solutions. A is for Activators (such as manures, nettles and coffee grounds), Additives, Alkalinity and Ant; C is for Carbon-to-nitrogen ratio and Cardboard; O is for Odour and Oils (cooking oil can be composted in small quantities); and Z is for the excellent Zoo poo from the elephant or rhinoceros enclosures if you're lucky enough to have a zoo nearby!

The book also describes how to compost food waste on a large scale, e.g. for hotels, restaurants or cafés. Composting cooked food needs more care as it is devoid of microbial life, but even large quantities can be safely composted through “continuous throughout” or “batch” systems, which Nicky explains in detail.

Schools are also a rewarding place to start composting, as it enhances garden areas, reduces waste and gives children a great hands-on learning experience. Nicky advises on planning a school scheme, how to first reduce food waste and what to do with the many paper towels a school generates - everything to get a school scheme started.

How to Make and Use Compost includes an extensive list of resources, including websites, organisations, books and where to buy equipment.

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Composting is easy, fun, saves you money and helps you to grow lovely plants. This new full-colour edition shows you how to compost everything that can be composted – at home, school or in communities, in spaces big or small.

How to Make and Use Compost shows you how to compost food and green waste:

  • Creating the right mix for successful composting
  • How to compost food waste safely
  • The different composting systems, including cold composting, wormeries, bokashi and hot boxes
  • Making liquid feeds and potting compost from your home-grown compost
  • Community Composting

It features a comprehensive A–Z guide, which includes what you can and can’t compost, concepts and techniques, and common problems and solutions.


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                                                                    


8   A–Z Guide                                                                                       


9   Composting food waste on a large scale                                            

10 Composting in schools                                                                     


Written with flair, this book will give you confidence as a beginner or improve your technique if you're a habitual composter.

- The Ecologist

Clearly written and cross-referenced, this book draws on a wide composting experience.

- Sue Stickland, author of Back Garden Seed Saving

… tells you everything you need to know about compost systems, wormeries and the incredible value of compost. 

- Western Daily Press

Compost publishing doesn’t get any better. [...] The insights, ideas and inspiration that flow from its pages lift it far beyond the ostensibly mundane practice of leaving dead stuff in a pile to rot.

- The Irish News

Nicky Scott

Nicky Scott is the author of several books on composting and recycling. He advises schools, local authorities and businesses on composting kitchen waste and helps set up community composting groups. The “hot box” composter he developed is widely used for composting food waste.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 200 pages
ISBN: 9780857845450
Format: 234mm x 156mm
full colour

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857845467
Format: EPUB

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857845474
Format: Kindle

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857845481
Format: PDF

BISAC Code:  GAR016000, TEC003030
Imprint: Green Books

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