Spring is sprung and the grass is riz, as the old rhyme goes. If your grass is rising and the garden is springing into life again, now’s a good time to think about a compost bin!
Making your own compost is a cheap and natural way of returning nutrients to the soil to support the growth of healthy plants and help your garden thrive.
You can buy a reduced priced compost bin made from recycled plastic from www.getcomposting.comor make your own from old pallets. Sleek or rustic, they both do the same job and that’s to create a warm environment for organic matter such as grass cuttings, plantprunings and vegetable peelings to rot down into a nutrient rich compost.
Making compost is like baking a cake – add the right ingredients, cook at the right temperature and hey presto! Perfect results every time!
Ideally, a compost bin will have a 50/50 mix of greens and browns:
It’s important to only compost uncooked food scraps and avoid adding
meat or fish as you may end up attracting unwanted visitors to your garden.If you want to compost all food waste, including cooked food, meat and fish, you’ll need a closed system such as the Green Johanna which is available at a reduced price here.
Did you know that you can compost tissues, pet fur, nail clippings and the contents of your vacuum cleaner? Basically, anything that once lived can be composted!
This handy step by step guidewill help you get startedand includes some insightful video tutorials by composting guru Nicky Scott.
Your compost will be ready in 9-12 months and should be rich, dark and crumbly with an earthy smell. Use it in plant beds, vegetable patches and hanging baskets to add moisture, structure and nutrients back into the soil.
If you don’t have the space for a compost bin, why not opt for a wormery? Worms are the perfect low maintenance pet and will happily munch your food waste, leaving you with a very rich soil improver and lots of nutritious liquid plant food. Find out more here