A Quick Guide To Composting

If you want your garden to thrive and look beautiful year after year, you have to make sure you have a regular supply of compost that you can use to help your plants grow, keep your lawns looking lovely and help keep your soil in good health.

Compost is actually a really good conditioner for your soil and it will help your plants to get the nutrients they need to live long and healthy lives, but don’t forget that you can use your compost bucket or heap to help you hit your recycling and waste goals, as well.

This will certainly help the planet, because when organic matter like food waste goes to landfill it doesn’t always get the air it needs to decompose quickly enough – which means that harmful methane gas is then created as it breaks down, driving global warming and climate change.

It’s also good for the environment because it can be used instead of chemical fertiliser when you use it on your lawn and garden – and you’re reducing the amount of waste you’re sending to landfill, as well.

Making compost isn’t difficult but you need to make sure you’re striking a good balance between carbon and nitrogen-rich matter. Everything you can compost is either nitrogen or carbon-based, with the latter covered by dried leaves, branches, bits of wood, sawdust, coffee filters and grounds, egg shells and so on.

Nitrogen-rich matter includes the likes of food scraps, manures, green leaves and lawn clippings and kitchen waste. For a really healthy compost bucket, make sure you have more carbon than nitrogen sources.

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