Spring has arrived and with it the annual trip to the Springfield yard and waste for that precious cargo compost. The last couple of years have proved to be problematic at best. Very simply put they can not keep up with the demand due to the dramatic increase in back yard and community gardens in Springfield. A friend has renamed compost to black gold. The Ozarks are not know for quality top soil, as the saying goes we farm rocks. The discussion that gardeners are now having is not where to buy, but how do we grow dirt. How can that be done? With that in mind I went to the library, that magical place that answers all your questions. I hit pay dirt The Rodale Book of Composting by the Rodale Press. Rodale's composting includes the history and benefits, they cover everything from life inside the compost, how to build it and how to use it. The language is concise and each chapter includes clear and usable illustrations and step by step instructions. There is a well constructed index. Unfortunately there is not a reference page that provides other sources. The Rodale book of Composting all in all I give it an A-. Here is to happy composting and may your gardens grow.