Notes on composting and creating a compost heap
Ideally every garden needs a compost heap, whilst you can spend a lot of money on an especially made composter one of the most effective composters can be created by using 5 old builders pallets and some tree stakes to secure them. 3 pallets for the side one for the base.
A quick guide to composting
To create an effective compost heap you need to support the bacteria and other microorganisms that break down the materials such as old plant leaves and grass clippings etc you place into your compost heap.
In simple terms this means
- Feeding the compost heap as you add materials to the compost heap add some Growmore and/or liquid tomato fertiliser. As a guide for every 200mm of compost, you create in the heap feed with one of the above.
- keep the compost moist – when you water the garden water your compost heaps or extend your irrigation to cover the compost heap. Not to dry and not to wet. When you pick up a handful of compost and squeeze it a few drops of water should drip out
- In the winter keep the compost heap and the bacteria and other microorganisms warm by placing some old carpet onto the heap this insures that the bacteria and other microorganisms keep working breaking down the compost through the winter