The benefits of home composting
Home composting can help reduce your household waste and create beautiful nutrient-rich soil for your garden. So it’s a win-win situation for you and your rose beds. Your council’s green waste collections are an option, but home composting cuts out the middleman, reducing transport costs and carbon emissions.
What can I compost?
You can use the leftover peelings from your fruit and vegetables, not to mention the cardboard from our veg boxes and our home-compostable tea bags. But it’s essential to get the right balance of waste when composting, or else you could end up with a pile of mush.
Use 25 to 50% soft green materials:
- Grass clippings
- Annual weeds
- Vegetable kitchen waste
The rest should be woody brown material:
- Wood chippings
- Paper and cardboard
- Dead leaves
Remember to use a varied mixture of waste and ensure the heap is in contact with the earth to introduce micro organisms and create a healthy ecosystem for your compost. You can add a little soil or manure to your heap if it’s in a container and not in contact with the earth. Find out more about home composting by visiting the Royal Horticultural Society’s website.
What are you waiting for, you rotters!