Composting is great for the environment, and also great for your garden. Using compost can help to ward off plant diseases, improve soil structure and increase the nutrient content in your soil. As part of our #SlimYourBin campaign, we’ve put together 7 hacks to make composting easier for you.
1. Location, location, location!
Where you place your compost bin can make a big difference to the quality of your compost! The best place to store your compost bin is on level, well-drained soil, in a sunny spot.
2. Speed things up
If you’re looking for a way to speed up your composting, adding some young nettles to your compost are an excellent way to get quicker results!
3. Balanced compost = better compost
Getting the balance right with ‘green’ and ‘brown’ waste in your compost is the key to a good compost. If your compost is too wet, add more browns to your compost, and if your compost is too dry add some greens.
4. It’s what inside that counts
Good things to compost include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, tea bags, plant prunings and grass cuttings because they’re easy to break down. Cardboard egg boxes and leaves can also help to provide vital fibre, carbon and air pockets – and crushed egg shells can even help to add useful minerals!
Meat and dairy products, diseased plants, dog poo or cat litter, or babies’ nappies on the other hand should be avoided. It’s also important to remember that plastics, glass and metals are not suitable for composting, but should be recycled instead. You can find out more about where to recycle these items in our borough here .
5. Compost smelling funny?
If your compost starts to smell unpleasant, air is the answer! Fork it, use on aerator or even mix in some hollow stems or bits of cardboard to get your compost healthy spick and span again.
6. Fruit flies? No problem!
Did you know the small black fruit flies you might see around your compost are harmless? You can control them by placing a few sheets of damp newspaper on the top of your compost.
7. A surprising compost ingredient…
Bank statements and other documents can go in your compost. Just scrunch them up and bury them in the compost.
Have you tried out our composting tips? Got any of your own you want to add? We’d love to hear from you! Use the hashtag #SlimYourBin on Facebook and Twitter to tell us and your fellow residents!
Psst… don’t forget that we’ve put together a free downloadable beginners’ guide to composting for you. You can take a look here…