Get composting today using my handy compost guide. Soon you could be producing free plant fertiliser from your own kitchen and garden waste!
Compost is nutrient-rich material that can transform your soil and give plants a dramatic boost. It is created from decomposed organic matter, with help from bacteria, fungus, insects as well as other organisms.
Making your own compost is an easy, inexpensive and low-maintenance gardening project too. Homemade compost is also great for the environment, because it sends less waste to landfill.
Start by choosing the right compost bin for you.
You need to consider:
- how much space you have?
- how much garden and household waste you have? and;
- what your budget is?
Make sure you pick a suitable spot in the garden for a compost heap. Firstly, will need to be somewhere sunny or partially shaded. Then, preferably on a soil or grass base as this will encourage worms which will speed up the composting process.
It’s important to put in the correct mix of ingredients to get the best quality compost. The finished product should be dark brown in colour, have a crumbly texture and a slightly sweet, damp woodland smell.
You need roughly equal proportions of green and brown waste, which will help to avoid ending up with a smelly heap of sludge.