About The Book

Deep in the heart of the Cotswolds during the 1930's, the remarkable story of Quick Return (QR) compost making began. Using the flowers and leaves of six common herbs and honey as a powerful activator, the QR method produced nutrient-rich compost made from vegetative waste. The remarkable thing was that this compost could be made in a matter of weeks, without turning and without the need for manure. It's well-liked and inspired inventor, Maye E. Bruce, was a founder member of the Soil Association and through her determined efforts and informative books, the QR composting system became endeared by many gardeners and farmers in numerous countries for over 40 years.

In today's threatened world, where a move towards a sustainable and organic way of life is becoming increasingly essential, the book demonstrates how the gardener can implement QR compost making as the fundamental means towards the achievement of a sustainable organic garden. With the QR compost heap at the heart and hub of the garden, there are many benefits which can be realised including improvement of soil fertility and structure, reduction in pests and diseases, and the creation of a rich and diverse eco system. Most importantly, the book clearly portrays how a 'closed loop' system can be created where the minimum of materials enter or leave the garden and the minimum of resources are expended.

'Quick Return Compost Making' explains how the QR method can provide an invaluable way for the gardener and allotment holder to readily make good, fertile compost alleviating the need for the back-breaking job of turning the heap. In particular, for those who do not have manure available (probably most of us) or, to those who prefer not to use manure as a fertiliser such as the vegan gardener, the QR method can provide a compost to feed the soil without compromising the fertility that many of the crops in the organic garden can demand.

Easy to follow, step by step instructions are given for the QR method and scientific theories augment those put forward by Miss Bruce, providing the gardener with the reasoning behind the method. Materials for composting and their preparation are explored in depth together with suitable types of compost bins which have been tried and tested with the QR system. Useful and detailed instructions, accompanied by photographs and sketches, show how to construct appropriate bins in a sustainable manner by re-using materials such as wooden pallets.

The special, but commonly found herbs which make up the crucial activator are fully described, and the formula is provided for those wishing to make their own activator powder. Advice is given for those wishing to grow the herbs and in the interest of sustainability, their many medicinal properties and other uses are also provided.

Historically, from Miss Bruce's beginnings in Ireland and through two World Wars, the book relates a unique piece of our organic horticultural heritage; following the footsteps of Miss Bruce's successful ventures in various walks of life leading to her development of the QR method and ubiquitous roles in the Soil Association and Organic Movement. Through the extraordinary relationship established between QR and Chase Organics in the 1940's which still exists to the present day, the book relates the origins of the 'Dig for Victory' slogan and the intriguing story of the pioneering organic empire established by Chase Organics in Chertsey, London.

Backed up with accounts from modern day QR compost makers, the book puts forward the many benefits of QR compost making and how it can provide the essential means of nourishment for that most precious and valuable asset; the soil. In doing so the rewards will bring health to those plants we grow, well being to those who feed upon them and a vital contribution towards saving our planet.

The book's foreword is written by Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association and for each copy of the book sold when new, a donation will be made to the Soil Association.

Order from QR Composting Solutions for a copy signed by the author.