Promotes small-scale composting of yard, garden, and vegetative food waste. Topics covered are the composting process, composting methods and alternatives, making and maintaining a compost pile, using compost, and using the guide as an educational resource. Seventeen figures, six tables, and plans for constructing nine different types of compost bins are included as well. Intended for home composters or those involved in educational programs to promote home composting. 44 pages, 1991.