Compost: How to Make and Use Organic Compost to Transform Your Garden

Author(s): Clare Foster


In this new edition of her hands-on guide to the art of composting, House & Garden garden editor, Clare Foster, shows you how to build a compost box, select the best ingredients and put the resulting organic compost to the best use in your outdoor space. By taking some dead leaves, grass cuttings and old banana skins and enlisting the help of bacteria, insects and nature, you can improve and enrich your soil, feed your plants and nourish your vegetables, restoring the natural balance of life in your garden.


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Selected by gardening doyenne Beth Chatto as one of her top twenty gardening books of all time, this invaluable book demystifies the art of composting.

Together with the benefits that well-made compost provides, the practice of compost-making becomes as fascinating as the practice of gardening itself. -- Beth Chatto

Clare Foster is garden editor at House & Garden magazine, and was previously editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has contributed to the Sunday Times and the Guardian newspapers, and is the author of Your Allotment (2007). Clare has two blogs, The Allotment Letters and An Alphabet of Annuals. She lives in Oxfordshire where she has a small cottage garden and an allotment.

General Fields

  • : 9781845338954
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Mitchell Beazley
  • : February 2014
  • : 218mm X 156mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 1
  • : Hardback
  • : Clare Foster
  • : 120 artworks and photographs
  • : 144
  • : General Adult
  • : 635.91875