What is compost; Why you should bother to make it; the science part-basic factors at work in the composting process; suitable ingredients, how much to use, and what to leave out; the importance, or not, of temperature.
Paper, prunings, and patience
The problem with classic compost making; compost for realists; using soft waste; dealing with a glut of grass mowings; what to do with woody waste and tree leaves; handy tools.
Wood, wire and worms
Why you may want to have a bin; the pros and cons of plastic and wooden bins; making your own bins, from chicken wire to straw; whether to cover the compost; tumbler bins; where to pit your bin; the more bins, the merrier; exploiting the hot stuff; worm bins.
Digging is for dummies
When compost is ready; where to use it; reasons not to dig; the marvels of mulch; making potting mix.
No pile? No problem
Grow your own compost
Other ways of recycling your garden waste; growing green manures to feed the soil.
Cover title: Compost: the natural way to make food for your garden., Includes index.