Do you have a garden and have been thinking of incorporating a good ole’ compost to the mix? this is such a great idea if you are after a little project to keep you busy and an added bonus is that your garden will thank you with delicious fruit, vegetables and flowers that have been absolutely soaking in all the nutrients from the emptied compost.
What exactly is compost?
Compost is simply decomposed organic waste from mainly food scraps. It is nature’s way of creating an added boost to crops and general gardens. All you need to keep feeding your compost is your kitchen food scraps and even garden waste – how easy? in just 2 – 3 months your supply will be at the stages of an ongoing steady fertilizer that’s packed with nutrients for your garden.
What type of compost bin is best?
A plastic bin in which you can purchase from your local hardware shop is perfect for your smaller compost to scale but if you are wanting a larger to scale bin, go for the wooden ones. You can build a bin yourself from googling a DIY step-by-step guide. You can also just start a heap on the ground but the choice is totally up to you!
Where do i place my bin?
It is a good idea to place the bin in place away from the house. it will need to be sheltered by intense heat and wind.
Making the compost:
Alternatively, you can start a branch pile at the back of your house where its purely dedicated to branches, twigs etc which will decompose over the course of a couple of years. A branch pile is however, a great habitat for smaller rodents.
Added on tips:
- Always keep your pile damp but not saturated.
- If you are adding food scraps bury deep in the pile.
- Do mix your lawn clippings with your food scraps, grass tends to compact which may prevent the air flow through the pile.
- Ensure you compost gets some sunshine but not too much.