Eco Friendly

Compost, do you?

How many potatoes do you peel a week?

How many amazon deliveries in cardboard boxes do you get a month?

Did you know you can compost used coffee grounds?

Take a moment to think that if you fill your bin with the following items, it will all go to landfill, when in fact it can be turned into compost and become the single most important supplement you can give your garden! And, it won’t cost you anything!

So what can you put on a compost heap?

You might be surprised how much of what you throw away can be turned into compost:

  • Any fruit or vegetable scraps or waste
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge cuttings
  • Dry leaves
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Straw

However, there are a couple of things to avoid:

  • Cooked food (even vegetables)
  • Raw meat, oil, fat, or grease
  • Anything dairy
  • Weeds that have seedheads on them (unless you want lots of weeding to do next year!)

You can have a compost bin of any size, it doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. There are lots of compost bins available to buy but you can always make your own out of a few discarded pallets.

My Top Tip!

For every bit of green material that you add: weeds, grass clipping, all of your vegetable peelings; you need to add a similar amount of brown, this can be woody stems, cardboard or newspaper. This will stop it becoming too wet and sludgy and you will have lovely garden ready compost in no time! Think of building it up like a lasagne with lots of thin layers.

Compost is an excellent way to add nutrients back into your garden. I use it as a mulch over all my flower beds which means more flowers and crops, less weeds and less watering….. so it really is win win!

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