All you need is a compost bin and some space in your backyard. There is simply no easier way to do your bit for the planet, whilst improving your garden than through the addition of a compost bin.
How do I get started?
- Get a compost bin and find a sunny, well-drained location in your garden to install it.
- Turn over the soil in the area that you will place the compost and install it. Turning over the soil makes it easier for beneficial bacteria and worms to access your compost.
- Add a few inches of branches and twigs on the bottom of your compost bin . This initial layer will help encourage air to circulate.
How do I add material?
The best approach is to add alternate layers of green (garden waste, lawn clippings) and brown (food waste) material. Simply keep alternating until the compost bin is full. At this point, the material at the bottom should have broken down into rich compost. Simply open the small door at the base of your unit to access the compost.
What can I put in my compost bin?
- Vegetables and fruit
- Grass clippings
- Fresh manure
- Coffee grounds
- Plant cuttings
Materials to keep out of your compost
- Meat and fish products
- Whole eggs
- Dairy products
- Human and pet faeces
- Kitty litter
- Treated wood
- Plastic or other rubbish
What do I do with compost?
- Just spread your compost around garden plants as a mulch, applying it up to 40mm deep.
- Dig in plenty of compost and well-rotted manure a couple of weeks before planting out veggie patches. Let it all break down for a fortnight or so, then start planting.
- Mix together 4 parts compost with 1 part shredded sphagnum moss and 2 parts coarse river sand to make a potting mix.