This Compost Week we’re sharing our knowledge on how you can get composting from home.
Home composting can offer many benefits so read on to find out why you should start composting now.
What is compost?
Composting is a natural process that happens all year round. As leaves fall and plants die they naturally transform into rich, nutritious compost. Home composting can go a step further, as gardeners can control what they add to their compost bin or heap. Compost is a great natural fertilizer to add to growing plants. Find out more about what you should be adding to your compost bin.
This year’s International Compost Awareness Week theme is ‘Cool the Climate’ soil health plays a large role in the Earth climate. Adding nutritious compost to your garden reduces the amount of water needed and adds air pockets throughout the ground. If the thought of helping to reduce the impact of climate change wasn’t enough to tempt you to compost then did you know you can reduce your household waste by up to 30% by composting your food waste? Composting is a great way to keep those black bags a little emptier whilst helping out planet.
What can I put into the compost bin?
The key to great compost is to get the mixture right, so make sure you add an equal amount of “greens” and “browns”. That’s anything from vegetable peelings and fruit waste (greens) to leaves and grass (browns). Tea bags and coffee grounds are also a great addition but be sure to keep meat, fish and dairy out, we don’t want to attract any uninvited guests into the garden. Why not get the whole family involved, you can even challenge the kids to pick the right greens and browns for the compost bin by playing this fun online game!
How can I compost at home?
Follow our 10 step guide on setting up and creating your own compost at home
1. Buy (or make) your compost bin. To find out more about what your borough offers click the links below.
2. Place your bin outside- somewhere sunny and with easy access, ideally soil.
3. Use a compost caddy or small bin indoors to collect fruit and veg scraps, tea bags etc these make up your “greens”
4. Empty your compost caddy (plus an equal amount of “browns”) into your compost bin.
5. Empty your garden waste (not too much grass) into your compost bin.
6. Try to put equal amounts of Greens and Browns into your compost bin.
7. Stir occasionally to get air into your compost mixture.
8. Let your compost mature for 9 months to 1 year.
9. Check your compost using the flap at the bottom – either scrape some out there or lift the bin off.
10. Mix your home compost with some regular peat-free compost and use on your garden!
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