Good reasons to start a compost heap

Composting has always been an effective way of saving time in the garden, saving multiple trips to the local council tip and turning your garden compost into useful material which can be used as organic matter in the soil to improve the fertility and soil structure. 

If you talk to any GardenAdvice gardening advisor The first thing I’ll tell you about composting is not to use an expensive or proprietary compost heap. Just nail together for 4 old pallets which were formally used for transporting bricks and slabs, this makes the perfect compost see.

Composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle organic waste and produce a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can benefit your garden. Composting garden waste is not only good for the environment, but it is also an effective way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

What is Composting

Composting is a process that involves the decomposition of organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. During the composting process, microorganisms break down the organic matter into a substance that can be used to fertilize plants and improve soil quality.

Why Compost Garden Waste

There are several benefits to composting garden waste. Firstly, it helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, makes up a significant portion of the waste that is generated by households. By composting this waste, you are diverting it from the landfill and reducing your environmental impact.

Secondly, composting garden waste can improve the quality of your soil. Compost is rich in nutrients and can help to improve soil structure, increase water retention, and promote healthy plant growth. Composting can also help to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which can be harmful to the environment.

Getting Started with Composting Garden Waste

If you are interested in composting your garden waste, here are some tips to help you get started:

Choose the Right Location

The first step in composting garden waste is to choose the right location. You want to select a spot that is well-drained, has good air circulation, and is easily accessible. Avoid placing your compost bin in a low-lying area or near a water source, as this can lead to drainage problems and attract pests.

Add Organic Material

The next step is to add organic material to your compost bin. This can include grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and other yard waste. You can also add food scraps, such as vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Avoid adding meat, dairy, or oily food scraps, as these can attract pests and slow down the composting process.

Keep it Moist

Composting requires a certain amount of moisture to be effective. Keep your compost bin moist by adding water as needed. However, be careful not to add too much water, as this can lead to a soggy compost pile that is difficult to manage.

Turn Your Compost

If you have time turning your compost will speed up the composting process and ensure that all of the organic material is broken down, it is important to feed your compost regularly. To help the bacteria break down the material in the compost heap. If you do not have time to turn your compost then feeding is more important.

Be Patient

Composting takes time, so be patient. Depending on the size of your compost pile and the materials you are composting, it can take anywhere from a few months to a year for your compost to be ready. When the compost is ready, it will be dark and crumbly, with a rich, earthy smell.

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