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Making your own organic compost
You dont really need a bin to ake your own compost – you can just have a pile/heap and cover it over with some plastic or cardboard. However, bins are neater and much easier to manage and control. A bin is not as unsightly as a pile of moulding mulch. Why not build your own, or get one cheaply from your local council – contact the Waste and Recycling Department.
An ideal compost bin should : have no gaps in the sides and could be lined with straw or cardboard, be easily accessible, be covered, in a half shaded location and away from water courses. Oh and be on earth, NOT concrete or slabs.
Compost or Not?
Anything that lived will compost, but avoid some items, see below. Use a mixture of types of ingredient. A rough guide is to use equal amounts of green and brown items (again see below). Grass mowings and soft young weeds, rot quickly. They work as ′activators′, to get the composting process started, but these on their own will just decay into a smelly mess. Older and tougher plant material is slower to rot but gives body to the finished compost - and usually makes up the bulk of a compost heap. Woody items decay very slowly; they are best chopped or shredded first, where appropriate.
Do′s and dont′s on ingredients.
Brown ingredients - slow to rot
Cardboard eg. cereal packets and egg boxes
Other compost items
Do NOT compost