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How to create great compost

Posted on May 15th, 2017

Do you compost? If you don’t you need to read this article to start creating great nutrient rich composting soil. It will also reduce the amount of landfill you use.

If you live in a compact apartment/flat but have a small garden you can still compost for your soil, there really is no excuse. 🙂 Composting takes very little time, it creates a good soil and basically you just let the worms take work once you have set it all up.

So here are the basics:

Materials needed

  • A container in your kitchen to collect scraps
  • A fork
  • Shaded spot in your garden to place the compost, fence it with wire netting if you have pets to stop them scavenging through.

Kitchen scraps

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • egg shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Newspapers, non-glossy cardboard, paper towels
  • Leaves
  • Grass cuttings
  • Plant & flower clippings
  • Yard waste

What can’t be composted?

  • Meats
  • Dairy products
  • Processed foods
  • Man made substances
  • Plastics

How to Compost:

Keep your waste container in your kitchen, we keep ours in a nice container on the counter top.

You could also place a bucket under you sink.

Place all veg, fruit and coffee grounds in the container, egg shells and also fruit.

Once your container is full, dump the scraps in your compost heap. Ours is a simple hole in a shaded area. You don’t want the heap to dry out, if it does spray with water.

Try not to overload your heap with grass cutting, keep the waste equal. Brown waste and green waste will help keep a good balance. Add newspaper cuttings to add carbon to the mix.

Add some additional soil to the scrap and leave it to get to work. Worms will arrive eventually, trust us they will find you pile. Leave the heap now for a few weeks and go back to the heap to check the progress.

You can create a divider for soil and scraps, one section for scraps, one for soil. Your soil will be right at the bottom. Simply scoop it out and get ready to add it to your garden and hangers.

We hope this article helps and enjoy composting!…

R W Landscaping Team.