With a little tender loving care, food waste can be recycled into compost. Applied to your garden, it helps capture carbon in the soil, improve soil health of your soil and assist water retention.
Build Or Buy Your Bin
Choose a practical site with good access for you and – if you have one – your wheelbarrow.
Ideally, this will be a somewhere sunny and flat. Heating your pile with sunshine aids the decomposition process and helps get rid of pests and weeds.
As you know, every garden centre and dyi store sells compost bins and there is a wide variety to choose from. Alternatively, you can make your own from new or recycled materials, including planks, bricks and corrugated iron.
Many bins have lids for the simple reason, amongst others, that it’s good to keep pets, rats and other critters out and keep handy things like heat and moisture in.
Collect Your Ingredients
Before filling your compost bin, gather the raw ingredients. For a good result, you’ll need to have a rough mix of the following:
Stacking And Managing Your Compost Bin
Warning signs: If the heap smells, it's probably not getting enough air. Remedy this by adding more Dry Mix (see above) and turn over regularly.
You compost should look deep brown and have a sweet, healthy smell.
It can be used to feed your plants, top-dress your lawn or be dug in with your soil to improve your garden.