Composting garden waste is a great way of producing free, nutrient rich compost soil that can be used on vegetable gardens and flower borders. It reduces the need for trucks to come and take away waste. Here is some composting tips for beginners, plus some composter options below.
1. You can add kitchen waste as well garden prunings. Avoid adding non plant matter, such as meat, and fish scraps, as this can attract rats.
2. If you have a shredder use it to turn twigs etc in small pieces, avoid putting large pieces of woody stems in composters as they will take forever to decompose.
3. Composting works best when conditions remain constant, a good place in the garden for your composter, is in light shade.
4. Moisture also helps, so do not let the contents get dry, but at the same time, do not waterlog the composter. Ideally it should be damp to the touch.
5. Site your compost bin directly onto a soil or lawn surface, as this allows insects, worms and microbes to access the bin, and can help breakdown the rotting matter. It also helps with drainage.
6. From your home you can add tea leaves and bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, finished cut flowers, vegetable peelings, old houseplants, natural corks from bottles, plain paper bags, and your shredded Christmas tree. DO NOT add dog poo, cat litter tray contents, vegetable oils, bread, dairy products, bones, or cat / dog food.
7. The contents of your bin should be a mix of green and brown waste. About 30 to 50% should be green, such as weeds, dead annual flowers, grass cuttings etc, with the rest being brown waste, such as plain brown cardboard, straw, wood chippings, saw dust etc. This mix will maximise the composting process.
8. Avoid one material dominating the mix in the composter, and ensure the contents is turned occasionally, as aeration is required.
View various composters for sale below
This large 600 litre composter is perfect for big gardens, with plenty of garden waste. The main feature of this compost bin, is that it is made from insulated plastic, known as Thermolene. This can help keep warmth inside the composter, which can quicken the composting process.
It is £90 including UK delivery. Order HERE
Wooden Beehive Composter
The main selling point for this beehive composter, is its attractive and traditional design, that makes it look like a beehive. This turns what is a thing with a practical purpose, into a garden feature, especially well suited to cottage gardens. It has a removable slat at the base, so compost can be taken from it. £95 includes UK mainland delivery. Order HERE
A wooden slat composter can create compost, and has plenty of aeration, but lacks the warmth of enclosed bins. They are often bought to use alongside a plastic composter, a place to hold larger garden waste, which can then be added when ready to the plastic composter.
£49, includes UK mainland delivery. Order HERE
Recycled Plastic Composters
These functional, recycled plastic composters get the job done, and are ideal for small and medium gardens. The compost can be used to fill planters, hanging baskets etc, or add to the garden borders, to improve the soil condition.
Available in green or black, and either 220 litre or 330 litre in capacity, they all have a flap at the base, that can be opened to collect compost.
220 litre £37 includes UK delivery.
330 litre £40 includes UK delivery.
All four of the variations can be ordered HERE