The Garden Organic Guide to Making Compost


This totally updated and fully revised edition of Pauline Pears' successful first book shows you how to make, and make the best of, compost by recycling your household and garden waste.
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This totally updated and fully revised edition of Pauline Pears' successful first book shows you how to make, and make the best of, compost by recycling your household and garden waste.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844484652
  • Publisher: Search Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,134,658
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Pauline Pears has been involved in the practice and promotion of organic gardening for more than 20 years. She is the author of "All About Compost," "The Garden Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables," ""and "Pests: How to Control Them on Fruit & Vegetables."
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Why recycle organic waste? 6

Nine good reasons why you should recycle organic waste

What you can compost 8

The most common materials that will compost

What you cannot compost 10

Materials that will not compost, but may be recycled

Compost bins 12

What makes a good compost bin

Illustrations of many homemade and commercial compost bins

Waste materials and how they compost 16

Household, garden and farm wastes

Activators, the rate of decomposition and the effect on the growth of plants

How to make compost 22

The bit-by-bit heap


Making quick compost, with step-by-step instructions

Composting in hot and cold climates 26

How weather affects composting

Worms that gobble waste 28


Starting a worm bin

Feeding your worms

Problem solving

How to use compost 30

How to apply compost

How much to use

Where to use it

How to make and use leaf mould 32

The benefits of leaf mould in the garden

Lawns and grass mowings 34


Recycling as a mulch

Adding to the compost

Turning your lawn into a wild flower meadow

Hedge clippings and prunings 36


Using shredders


Seed and potting composts 38

Homemade mixes

Compost recipes

Making your own loam

Pasteurising soil

Comfrey 40

All about a remarkable plant

Green manures 41

Details of twelve green manures

How to grow them

How they affect the soil and your crops

Other ways to recycle household waste 44

Make your own seed trays and pots from household waste

Use throw-aways to create useful objects 44

Index 47

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