Compost, the beautiful rot
Composting inside and out : to fit your space & lifestyle
Stephanie Davies.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Home, c2011.
Hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste are produced in the U.S. annually, and landfills simply store it, not eliminate it. Recycling diverts significant amounts of waste, but the fact remains that the majority of landfill space is occupied by organic material. The good news is, composting is a natural and beneficial way to eliminate this waste, and anyone can do it.
The complete idiot's guide to composting
by Chris McLaughlin.
New York, NY : Alpha Books, c2010.
The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Composting takes readers step by step through the process of selecting the right compost container, filling it with the right 'ingredients,' maintaining the mix at the right temperature and humidity, and using the end product. bull; bull;A concise format, simplified approach bull;Author is a Master Gardener and an expert on all forms of composting bull;Gardening has risen greatly in popularity (USA) in the last few years, with an added boost from first lady Michelle Obama, and so has composting, which is cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly bull;Thousands of state, regional, and municipal programs (USA) have been developed to encourage composting and thus reduce landfill waste.  
Composting for dummies
by Cathy Cromell and the editors of The National Gardening Association.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], 2010.
Back-to-basics gardening that will benefit the earth and your wallet!Want to use ordinary waste to create an extraordinary garden? Composting lets you turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into free compost and mulch that's chock-full of nutrients. From building and working with traditional compost bins to starting an indoor worm-composting operation, Composting For Dummies makes these often intimidating projects easy, fun, and accessible for anyone!Digging into compost basics - get a handle on the benefits of composting and the tools you'll need to get startedChoosing the best method and location - find the best composting method and location that's right for you, whether it's above ground, in a hole, in a container or bin, or even right in your kitchenBuilding your pile - learn which ingredients can go into your compost pile, what stays out, and how to mix it all up in the right proportionsStepping beyond traditional composting - get the lowdown on vermicomposting (letting worms eat your garbage), growing green manures to compost later, and sheet composting in the same spot you plan to plantOpen the book and find:A step-by-step guide to compostingThe right gear and tools for the jobTips on constructing your own composting containers and binsMaterials you can safely compost (and those to avoid)Cover crops to improve your soil now and compost laterRecommendations for using your finished compostWhat worms contribute to your compostTroubleshooting advice if your compost pile isn't cooperatingLearn to:Turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into nutrient-rich compostBuild and maintain your own compost binUse worms to aid in composting, both indoors and outGive your vegetable and flower gardens a boost of energy
The Garden Organic guide to making compost : recycling household and garden waste
Pauline Pears. Revised by Charlotte Green.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent [England] : Search Press in association with Garden Organic, 2009.
The experts at home composting, Garden Organic has helped many thousands of people to make good compost. Simply and clearly written, this book shows you how to recycle household and garden waste, whether you own a balcony, a small plot or an allotment. All aspects of successful composting are covered, from what you can compost to how to use the end product, and how to complement compost with naturally grown green manures.

True gardeners love compost. The rich, dark stuff that smells of the earth is like a super food for your plants. It improves the physical structure of soil as well, allowing water and nutrients to reach vital parts of plants.

All plants love compost! Add it before planting vegetables and flowering annuals, or put some at the base of established perennials. Then watch your plants grow bigger and more vigorous!

Compost is made when plant material breaks down organically. A pile of plant rubbish from your garden will heat up enough to degrade. The basics of making compost call for “green” and “brown” materials to be mixed together, turned often, and kept moist.

What’s wrong with my Compost?

If there is odor, bury food scraps and remove meats 

If it’s not hot enough, add more. The pile needs to be 18 to 20 cubic feet.

If the pile isn’t breaking down, add water, turn materials, add nitrogen.

Experts give these tips for best results in making compost:

  • Bins support compost piles that are quick to decompose
  • Make sure that your bin will hold all that you’ll be composting
  • Add plenty of grass trimmings and weeds for nitrogen
  • Add lots of dead leaves for carbon
  • Household vegetable scraps should be buried in the pile
  • Woody materials should be chipped and shredded
  • Monitor your pile and turn it often
  • Keep the pile moist, but protect it from too much water

Compost is like black gold. Nothing is better for improving your soil. And, when you compost materials you are keeping them out of a landfill. Composting is an all-around earth friendly thing to do.

The compost specialist : the essential guide to creating and using garden compost, and using potting and seed composts
David Squire.
London : New Holland, 2009.
In our ecologically aware times, composting is one smart way to minimize our carbon footprint and help the earth. This new entry in the highly successful "Specialist" series gives gardeners all the guidance they need to start making, storing, and using their own compost. It offers Information on different types of compost and their ingredients, advice on constructing a compost bin, and detailed explanations of wormeries, green manuring, and seed and potting composts. There's no better or easier-to-follow guide for the eco-smart gardener! - Ideal for beginners who need to learn the basics, as well as for eco-conscious households - Part of a successful continuing series, written by expert authors
How to 'cook' compost : [a gardening guide to making and using compost].
London : National Trust Books 2008.
Subtitle from cover.
The complete compost gardening guide : banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and producing the most flavorful, nutritious vegetables ever
BcBarbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin.
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2008.
Compost devotees think outside the compost bin in presenting ways to better utilize this garden resource. After introducing the rationale for and basics of recycling organic materials, Pleasant and Martin present such labor-saving techniques as banner batches, grow heaps, and "catch-and-release" vermicomposting. They also address the challenges of composting such materials as dead fish and old bones, and provide recipes for compost tea and special soils for specific crops. The well-illustrated guide, commended by Mother Earth News, includes safety tips, a glossary, and compost gardening resources (including the authors' Web site). Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Ken Thompson.
New York : DK Pub., 2007.
  1. "The natural way to make food for your garden"--Dust jacket.
  2. Includes index.
Composting : an easy household guide
Nicky Scott.
White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c2007.
Everything you need to know about composting, from the different containers available, to what to put in them, to how to use the results. Includes an A-Z directory of how to compost everything from ash to weeds; plus expert advice on how to compost in small spaces, bins, and wormeries, and getting your community involved.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff