Composting and Garden Waste

Composting has become very popular amongst domestic households and is no longer just the pursuit of keen gardeners. It is nature’s way of recycling decomposed organic materials into rich soil, also known as compost. 

Not only is composting environmentally friendly, but it can also save you money. The soil produced from composting is richer in minerals compared to shop bought compost.

To begin composting, you will need a compost bin made from a rigid plastic.

Features of a compost bin

  • Aeration - Quality compost bins contain holes at various levels in order to allow for optimal aeration. Aeration is necessary for the various bacteria to conduct the composting process
  • Material - Most compost bins are made from a thick plastic, which allows them to withstand the temperatures generated by the composting process. The thick plastic is also weather resistant, allowing the compost bin to be left outdoor in all weathers

Things to look out for

  • Cracks - If the compost bin is cracked, then it will allow the gases and the temperature created by the composting process to escape. This can slow down or even kill the bacteria which is essential to conducting the composting process
  • pH level - Should the pH level be too low and the compost too acidic, it can appear as if the compost is too wet. If this is the case, the compost will rot and will begin to excrete a foul smell. Should the pH be too high, then the composting process will cease altogether
  • Dampness - If the compost is too dry or too wet, it will inhibit the composting process. Add lime or soil to the top of the compost bin to remedy an overly damp bin, as it will absorb the ammonia excreted by the compost. 

If you notice any of these problems, replace your compost bin as soon as possible.