Compost is a fantastic mushy delight to save on extra gardening expenditure as well as do something positive towards the environment.

So, how does composting benefit you and our planet?

  1. The level of waste into landfill is lowered.
  2. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Water and pesticide use minimized as compost helps strengthen soils ability to hold water.
  4. Structure of earth’s soil enhanced.
  5. A natural alternative for toxic chemical fertilizers meaning less money spent on store bought fertilizes.
  6. • Compost applied helps combat the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Carbon is stored in the top 1.5mtrs of soil and is released into the atmosphere when soil quality is poor.

Have you thought about how much food you throw away?  That food and waste can and should be reused to feed your garden.  Here’s a quick how to compost:

Our outdoor compost bin is set up for our convenience right by the washing line so on our trips to hang out the washing we can deliver our goods to their final stop.  

A list of everyday household waste items that you can compost!

Brown materials to reduce carbon:
Dry leaves
Dryer lint
Shredded Paper
Toilet and paper towel rolls
Ashe, sawdust and wood

Green materials to produce nitrogen:
Fruits and veggies scraps
Grass and hedge clippings
Coffee grounds and filter paper
Teabags
Leaves
Egg shells

Where to keep your compost

Select a space tucked out of the way in the garden.  Get yourself a compost bin or something of the sort you can leave out in the weather. But, if that’s not possible just a single heap will do the job. You don’t need a fancy expensive tub, just a bin with a lid and a hollow bottom! We found ours pre-loved on Facebook marketplace for $25!

Common sense is knowing that cigarettes = bad for your health & deep down, we all know that composting = good for our planet in some way. But where should you get started??? In your very own home!
Society today is all about convenience! Even the phone you’re using right now to read this post was created for your convenience!  
Simply adding a compost tin to your kitchen bench to dispose of your scraps makes for easy transport to the outdoor compost bin.

The compost has to reach a fairly high temperature to rot down and will maintain its own heat and energy.  During dry spells occasional wetting down and turning over with a fork is recommended and covering it with some sacking, old carpet or even a tarpaulin helps to maintain the heat.  With the single heap method, use the compost from the bottom once it has rotted down and looks like soil, it will be nutrition rich and your garden will thank you!

Don’t forget to turn over every so often.

Composting isn’t a new way to utilize food waste but you’d be surprised how little people actually do it. Instead, a lot of gardeners will go out and buy compost whilst throwing out piles of it into the bin every day. Use your waste to promote new growth in the garden!

Here’s a more in depth look into compost

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