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Composting

Garden composting is an easy, low-cost means of disposing of household waste, while simultaneously creating natural nutrients for your soil. This enables you to look after your garden in a completely self-sufficient way, and save money in the process—especially as you can avoid the garden waste collection charges imposed by many local authorities.

Backyard composting also stops food waste and reduces your household’s carbon footprint by preventing your food from emitting methane on landfills, eradicating the need to use chemical fertilisers on your plants. Therefore, composting is a key part of tending to an environmentally-friendly garden.

What is composting?

Compost is decomposed organic matter, and consists of everything from leaves and leftover fruit and vegetables, to twigs and sawdust. However, animal products like meat, butter, and milk can’t be composted, nor can your pet’s waste, which could introduce diseases to your soil.

When you mix this all together in a compost pile, it breaks down naturally into nutrient-dense fertiliser that energises the soil food web. Research has shown that compost helps vegetables fight diseases and improves soil moisture, which helps to boost your garden’s ability to grow healthy plants. 

How to start composting

Although garden composting is sometimes seen as a technique exclusive to experienced gardeners, it isn’t as hard as you might think. It simply involves collecting organic matter in a specialised container like a bin, bag, or tumbler. These are usually left outdoors, although smaller indoor compost bins are also available. Aim for a mix of both nitrogen-rich ‘green’ matter like fruit and veg scraps, and carbon-heavy ‘brown’ materials such as dead plant trimmings and newspaper clippings.

Each week, you will need to turn your compost pile using a shovel or compost aeration tool. This introduces oxygen to the contents of the pile, enabling the organic matter to break down with minimal odour. You should also keep it moist by adding water, which serves to speed up the decomposition process, although you should be sure not to add too much, or the contents could start to smell. Adding compost maker for leaves can help regulate the environment within your pile, but you should watch out for any troublesome pests too. If all goes well, your waste heap will become ready for use as a nutrient-rich soil conditioner within a few months.

Why you need a compost bin

Composting can be carried out without using a bin, but investing in one makes the process far more efficient by facilitating proper aeration and moisture retention. A compost bin can also prevent pests from contaminating the compost.

Here at Original Organics, our wide selection of heavy-duty plastic compost bins are both sturdy and well-ventilated, and are available in a range of sizes. We also sell a number of wooden composters made from softwood, as well as hot composters, which can speed things up during those cold winter months.

 

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