Composting – getting started.

Man composting

 

Choose the right bin for you

Bins are available in different shapes and sizes and you’ll need to find the right one for your garden. Have a look at the range on offer on the get composting website. If you have small quantities of food waste to compost a wormery might be for you.

Find the right spot

Put your bin in a partially sunny spot, as this can speed up the composting process. It helps if your bin is placed directly onto soil, but if you only have a patio or concrete area, place a layer of soil at the bottom of the bin to give the worms and creatures a helping hand.

Add the right ingredients

An even balance between ‘green’ and ‘brown’ material is essential for good compost.

‘Greens’ are quick to rot and provideĀ  important nitrogen and moisture. Greens include: vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, coffee grounds, plant remains and grass cuttings.

‘Browns’ are slower to rot but provide fibre and carbon and allow air pockets to form in the mix. Browns include: cardboard egg boxes, shredded paper, scrunched up paper, fallen leaves and eggshells.

Good things come to those who wait

It will take between nine and twelve months for your compost to become ready to use. Check the bottom of your compost bin and once you have a crumbly, dark material, resembling thick, moist soil, you know it’s ready to use.

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