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The Compost Coach : Make compost, build soil and grow a regenerative garden - wherever you live! - Kate Flood

The Compost Coach

Make compost, build soil and grow a regenerative garden - wherever you live!

By: Kate Flood

Paperback | 1 August 2023

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Spin food waste and household carbon into garden gold, learn about how and why soil matters, and make climate activism an everyday mission, with compost coach Kate Flood.

The Compost Coach is a colourful, comprehensive and accessible guide to creating the very best compost AKA garden gold. Kate is on a mission to empower readers to understand the small steps they can take every day to look after the environment and live more sustainability.

The book is pitched at the home composter, including people who live in apartments and houses with or without gardens (yes, you can compost without a garden!). Kate helps the reader to rethink their waste management and teaches them how easy it is to divert food scraps and household carbon away from landfill. She unravels the technicalities of soil science, talks through the building blocks of a robust compost system and busts a few myths along the way. Charming illustrations, how-to photos, and Kate's warm, entertaining voice complete the package.

About the Author

Kate Flood is happiest when she's teaching people about compost, reading about it, or elbow deep in the stuff. She's a compost nerd and sustainability educator, and she's on a mission to help others step-up their household waste management. From her home on the south coast of New South Wales, the teacher and mum of three busy dirt-babies spreads the word on 'garden gold' via Instagram, TikTok, and workshops for councils, community gardens and businesses. Kate has inspired her family, friends, and ever-growing online community to think about the small actions they can take daily to stem the climate crisis and make composting fun.
Industry Reviews
'Kate's approach is as honest as it is loving. Every practical, relatable page will inspire you to get down and dirty with compost.'
Costa Georgiadis, Gardening Australia host

'This book will help grow a new generation of composters.'
Charles Dowding, No Dig Gardening

'Best book for beginners like me.'
Holly Wainwright, Executive editor, Mamamia

'A wonderful resource for anyone who cares about their garden and the planet.'
Phil Dudman, Organic Gardener

'A beautiful, detailed and well-organised guide to everything about composting.'
Gardening Australia

'A book worth picking up!'
Tiffany Dunk, Australian Women's Weekly

'Learn exactly how to create your own garden gold.'
Country Style


'A brilliant new book on everything to make composting easy and accessible.'
Helen Young, Weekend Australian Magazine



'A fascinating peek into the mysteries of soil science. A feast for the mind as well as the garden!'
People's Friend magazine

'For a clear explanation of the C:N ratio, as well as everything else you've ever wanted to know about compost, I highly recommend The Compost Coach, by Kate Flood.
Fiona Ogilvie, The Land

'Pitched at the home gardener, The Compost Coach explains the techniques, dispels the myths, and is accompanied by plenty of how-to images and illustrations.'
Roger Fox, Starts at 60

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