Creating Compost

Compost is one of the best things you can do for your garden and it’s a process that has been done for thousands of years.

Compost involves recycling various wastes together with leaves, grass clippings, twigs and bark. How you store your compost depends upon the available space, but open piles, compost pits and bins are popular. Your storage should be in a slightly shaded area so as not to dry out your compost and open piles should be covered by a tarpaulin. You can add water but not too much.

Healthy compost ingredients include: leaves, weeds, lawn clippings, kitchen scraps, manure, straw, hair, sawdust, vacuum dust and newspaper. Do not add meat, fish, prawn shells or weed seeds, they stink and can attract vermin.

Another tip is to add components in a balanced manner. Use the green/brown balance method. Add thin layers of green/wet and brown/dry materials and don’t add too much of the one thing.

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