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Easy steps to successful composting

Making your own compost out of kitchen scraps is a great way to start turning your garden organic. Here are our tips to help get you started.

What do I need to start composting?

You’ll need a compost bin for your garden. Choose your spot and buy of a size to fit the space. Garden centres stock a good selection of compost bins. It’s also worth contacting your local council to see if they have any recycling schemes that offer you compost bins at reduced prices.

Though not necessary, it’s also handy to buy a composting crock for your kitchen.

Where’s the best site to place a compost bin

Ideally you should place your bin on a level soily area that is either in sun or partial shade. Having it on soil allows worms and other creatures helpful to the composting process to enter the bin and do all the hard work for you.

The heat of the sun helps to speed up up the composting process.

It is possible to place the bin on concrete but you should put a thin layer of soil underneath it to help start the composting process.

What can you put in the compost

As a general rule if something will rot it will compost. Though there are some exceptions to this rule.

A good compost needs a variety of ingredients for the best mix of nutrients and consistency. Each item will rot at it’s own speed (some faster, some slower) and add it’s own special component to the compost. Over time you will discover which mix works best.

Good compost ingredients

Comfrey leaves
Young weeds
Grass cuttings
Wood ash
Paper towels & bags
Shredded newspapers
Cardboard tubes
Egg boxes
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Tea bags
Coffee grounds
Old flowers
Old straw & hay
Vegetable plant remains
Young hedge clippings
Soft prunings
Gerbil, hamster & rabbit bedding

Do not compost

Dairy foods
Cooked food (including vegetables and fruit)
Coal & coke ash
Cat litter
Dog faeces
Disposable nappies
Glossy magazines
Perennial weeds