Composting is good for the planet and good for the garden!
By composting your own kitchen waste and using it on your garden you are not only improving your plants and vegetables, but also helping the planet!
And it is very simple:
- build a compost heap
If you have space somewhere in a corner in your garden, build one yourself:
you can use old pallets or hammer four post in the ground 1m apart and tack wire or wooden planks around them and leave the front open to make a cubic metre (1x1x1m) compost heap.
- buy a composting bin
these are enclosed bins in various shapes and sizes with a lid at the top and a door in the bottom to remove finished compost
What to put in your compost heap or bin:
- brown waste
broken up branches
leaves (not too much in one go)
- green waste
vegetable and fruit peelings
uncooked vegetables or fruit
grass cuttings (not to much in one go)
tea bags and coffee grinds (including paper filter)
What NOT to put in your compost heap or bin:
- cooked food
- meat, fish, egg (shells are fine, egg is not)
- dairy products
- cat litter
- best not to put leaves from homegrown tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and courgettes as these are likely to contain spores of a virus or fungi, like blight. I always throw out the leaves of these vegetables with the general waste.