It’s a question that gets asked regularly: “Can I put this in the compost bin?”
Composting, of course, provides free fertiliser for the garden.
Importantly, it also helps to reduce household waste levels and the cost and environmental impact associated with waste disposal. Effective composting can help to minimise the amount of waste you dispose of through the food waste scheme and in blue bag collections.
So what exactly can you put in your compost bin at home..?
Aim for between 25-50% green materials, such as grass clippings, weeds and vegetable kitchen waste. If you can, place your compost bin in a shadier part of the garden where it is not too damp or too cold and ensure that worms and other insects can easily get into it – put it on a soil bed and don’t bother attaching a base if it came with one.
In dry months, add some water using a bucket/watering can or hose and if you fancy it, you can always buy and add your own worms. They’ll love it in there!
Mix things in and turn the contents from time-to-time (say monthly). And don’t let things get too wet or you won’t end up with great results.
Aim for a compost bin that is at least one cubic metre in size as these are more effective than smaller options.
If you don’t already have a compost bin, Wokingham Borough residents can purchase a discounted one via www.getcomposting.com. Remember, you don’t need a large garden to have a compost bin.
For more tips and advice, join the online group at www.facebook.com/plasticfreehomeuk
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