Home composting

Compost is easy to make and use. It is relatively cheap and does not take up too much space. It is a natural process that converts your garden and kitchen waste into a rich food source for your garden.

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Compost is a nutrient rich food product for your garden. It helps to improve the condition and structure of your soil, maintain moisture and PH levels and prevent plant disease. Most of all your plants and flowers will love it and will help your garden to bloom. 

 

How do I compost?

It is best to locate your compost bin in a reasonably sunny place on bare soil. This allows for better drainage and better access to the rotting product for worms, other insects and creatures, which help with the composting process. Make sure to place your bin somewhere easily accessible so you are able to add items to the bin and get the compost out. 

 

What to put in your compost bin

A 50/50 mix of 'green' and 'brown' ingredients should be used to make the best compost.

 

'Greens''Browns'
Tea bagsCardboard
Grass cuttingsEgg Shells
Vegetable peelingsEgg boxes
Food scrapsScrunched up paper/newspaper
Fruit scrapsFallen Leaves
Old flowersSawdust & wood chippings
Coffee groundsTwigs, branches & bark
WeedsStraw & hay

 

What not to put in your compost bin

  • Cooked food
  • Dairy products
  • Dog faeces/cat litter
  • Nappies
  • Plastics
  • Bags or liners
  • Cartons
  • Clothing/textiles

 

When can I start using my compost?

It will take between nine and twelve months until your compost will be ready to use. You can keep adding your green and brown materials to top it up. Once your compost looks thick, dark, crumbly and moist it will be ready to use. You should also notice a fresh, earthy scent when it is ready.