Compost

HOME COMPOSTING MADE EASY


If soil is cultivated over a few years without adding anything back to it, nutrients, essential for plant development, will gradually decrease and the ability to grow healthy plants will quickly decline. At the same time the structure of the soil will degrade and this is just as bad for for plant health. The worm population will decrease as well as the number of essential bacteria and tiny animals which are absolutely necessary for healthy plants.The ingredients for making homemade garden compost are entirely free, grass clippings, weeds, material from pruning, kitchen waste, animal manure and many more. Homemade garden compost will enrich the soil and improve its structure. It will also encourage a wide variety of small animals such as worms to not only “dig” the soil for you but also keep it clean and full of nutrients.

There are eight pages in this sequence of articles on home composting and each is aimed at a specific area of composting. These areas appear at the top of each page allowing you to easily skip to subjects on composting which are of interest to you. We also list those eight areas below with a short description to help you easily find the information you are interested in.

THE BENEFITS OF GARDEN COMPOST

In the UK each person generates about 490kg of waste in their dustbins every year and roughly 60% of that is not recycled. Of the 40% that is identified as being recycled it is anyone’s guess how much is usefully recycled. Using some of that recyclable waste to fertilise and improve the texture of soil in your garden has …… click here to read the full article

WHAT CAN BE PUT IN A COMPOST BIN

Once you get into the swing of saving food waste and other items for your compost bin it becomes second nature as far as what and what cannot be added. Our exhaustive list of materials will give you the ideal starting point ….. click here to read the full article

THE PROCESSES IN COMPOSTING

A basic understanding of the different processes which occur naturally when composting will help greatly in producing the very best material for your plants. We explain it all in detail but in a language everyone can easily understand ….. click here to read the full article

MAKING GOOD QUALITY COMPOST

Making good quality compost is a bit like baking, follow the rules and you will will have a good result. This section covers how to layer ingredients, turning over your  compost heap, temperature guides, moisture and lots more ….. click here to read the full article

COMPARISON OF COMPOST BINS IN THE UK

The most complete comparison of compost bins available to UK gardeners. Cost, space used, ease of use, how effectively they perform and much more information will help you decide which is the best compost bin / heap for you ….. click here to read the full article

ALTERNATIVE COMPOST METHODS

Space may be at a premium, you may have access to a large number of leaves or you may want to safely compost cooked foods. All these subjects and more are dealt with, in detail, in this section on home-composting ….. click here to read the full article

HOW AND WHEN TO USE HOME COMPOST

Once you’ve made your compost you may want some advice and pointers as to how and to use it. Can it be used to raise seedlings in, when is the best time of year to use it and is it best to spread it on the surface or dig it in? …..
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COMPOST PROBLEM SOLVER

Things do go wrong with compost, it can smell, it can be too wet or dry or it just won’t compost everything down. Our problem solver article is the key to making your compost bin start working again when things go wrong ….. click here to read the full article

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COMPOSTING

No one source can supply all the information on composting, the subject is simply too large to satisfy every question. This section lists further sources of information where we believe they have useful detailed information ….. click here to read the full article

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