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Home composting

Home composting

How to compost

No experience is necessary, as organic matter will compost down naturally.  To speed it up and have the optimum compost in as little as 3 to 6 months all you need to do is make a garden victoria sponge! Here’s the recipe:

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  • First layer browns - put down a few twigs and other brown bits like dry leaves, egg cartons if needed
  • Second layer greens – such as grass cuttings, fruit and veg peelings
  • Keep layering, ideally both layers on the same day you cut the lawn. 
  • It doesn't need to be perfect layers if it’s all mixed up, that's fine too - the key is roughly half and half.
  • Keep topping up - in a few months at the bottom of the pile you will have compost.  That’s it! Simple!

Why it works

pileofgreenwaste_250.jpgLayering with 'browns' like twigs and dry leaves adds air, keeping the process aerobic, which is key. Layering with 'greens' that are nitrogen rich will heat up the pile and add moisture breaking down the woodier material too.  With air, heat and moisture the microbes and worms etc love this environment, helping to speed up the natural degradation process.

To find out more, see how to set up your bin, make your own compost and how to put it to good use in your garden!

Did you know?

Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted!

Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the carbon dioxide your kettle produces annually; or your washing machine produces in three months!


Local Master Composters

Master Composters are a local group of volunteers who promote home composting in your local community. They encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, offer support to people who are already composting that may be having difficulties or need some gentle encouragement.

If you would like more information, contact Garden Organic at:  http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk