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Composting Awareness Week, 1st - 8th May!

What better week to start your composting journey than Composting Awareness Week!

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden.

Home-produced compost improves the soil structure, maintains moisture levels, and helps plants to grow. It is really easy to make, and helps reduce the amount of waste going into your wheelie bins.

To get started, simply put your compost bin in a reasonably sunny spot on bare soil. When you fill the bin for the first time, you need to make sure the air can circulate properly. You can do this by layering the bottom of the compost bin with some twigs and kitchen waste to encourage worms and other organisms. Put something on the next layer that will stop the gaps in the twigs being filled, e.g. cut flowers. This will enable the air to continue to circulate and penetrate under the rotting waste. When composting gets going the twigs will rot, but by this time the composter will be working effectively and they will no longer be needed.

Don't over-fill your composter. Make sure there is some room at the top to allow the air to circulate (so never more than about 80% full). As you build up the layers add a few handfuls of ordinary garden soil and it will introduce the creatures that help with the rotting process. Put the lid on when you are finished and within 12 months, your compost should become earthy, crumbly and moist - perfect for mulching trees, enriching your borders and adding to planters and pots!

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