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
Paper towels & bags
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Old straw & hay
Vegetable plant remains
Young hedge clippings
Gerbil, hamster & rabbit bedding
Do not compost
Cooked food (including vegetables and fruit)
Coal & coke ash