on 26 June 2009
The content of 48 pages was really, really, really, really, really stretched - eg there were two pages used to tell you that you cannot compost glass bottles, metal cans, wire, and plastic bags and containers (though it "helpfully" told you that recycling aluminium cans uses 95% less energy - a shame they didn't think about the waste of energy in producing such a shockingly useless book). The total information would have fitted in about two pages.
There was absolutely ZERO in technical advice, nothing about temperature of the heap, rates of decomposition, etc. - I reckon you will find MUCH more and MUCH better information in almost any general gardening book.
I was really disappointed...a complete waste of money (and glossy, uncompostable, paper - I can't think of ANYTHING to use it for).
on 20 February 2011
Although not a comprehensive review of the 'science' of composting this book provides a very accessible introduction to the practicalities of making and using compost. The informative pictures and step by step guides throughout make it easy to, at a glance see how you can make a compost bin, what to put in it and why, using worm composting and finally how to use the finished product. I use this book to inspire people young and old who are new to composting to have a go at making compost for themselves. It is handy to flick through to show people examples of different bins and what they might achieve in their own garden, and would make a great addition to a school library. I trust that any information from Garden Organic - formerly known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association - would be founded in years of expert research, but here is presented in an easy to read way. If you want a more in depth and wordy discussion of composting look elsewhere, but this book is a great way to make a start in home or community composting.