One of the keys to gardening success is compost, as this can help to improve the structure of the soil, maintain the pH balance and suppress plant disease, and maintain moisture levels in the ground. Not only that but composting saves you money and resources, as well as reducing your impact on the environment… so it’s a win-win for all!
Common composting materials include grass clippings, annual weeds, uncooked kitchen waste, fruit and vegetables, some types of pet waste or bedding, prunings, woodchip, leaves, straw, shredded paper and card, and plant stems.
You can compost all year round, but if you’re new to it, the best time to start your compost heap is between the end of summer and the start of winter – so now’s the time to get yourself organised!
The best place for your compost bin is in a shady area, as you don’t want it to be exposed to extremes of temperature or moisture, as the microorganisms that convert your waste work optimally in constant conditions.
Getting the balance right with the contents is also important, so make sure you have between 25 and 50 per cent green materials (like your grass clippings and food waste) and 50 per cent brown materials (like your paper, prunings and straw).
Once you’ve got this sorted, you also need to make sure that you’re aerating your compost regularly. Turning it adds air to the mixture and you need this in order for composting to take place. If the pile becomes compacted or you don’t have enough air in there, it slows the process down.
If you’re not sure where to begin with it all, something like the Subpod could prove very useful for novice composters, as it does all the hard work for you. This is an in-ground compost system and worm farm that turns your materials into rich compost, helping your plants to thrive.
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