Garden compost – Five Steps To Making Really Useful Functional Compost
We here at Kentcare want to tell you how to make the best garden compost heap so that it will smell nice and sweet and do wonders for your garden or business premises- well, maybe not “smell” exactly “nice” but you will get our meaning!
Step One: The Container
Firstly a container is not an absolute necessity as you can make perfectly good compost in a free standing heap as long as it is large enough.
You will see later why this may be a drawback. Assuming then that we need to make a container we are faced with many choices.
A very adequate container can be constructed by scrounging four shipping pallets and nailing them together to form a cube.
If the nails holding the front panel are left protruding enough to get a claw hammer on them they may then be withdrawn in order to gain access to our lovely compost.
However it must be said that your garden may start looking like Steptoe’s yard [from a 70’s comedy series for those too young!] with a few of these dotted around the place.
There are lessons to be drawn from this approach though.
The dimensions are about ideal and the gaps between the boards allow an adequate amount of air to reach the contents.
It is also a robust construction which will not collapse with the weight of the compost within.
The more DIY orientated among you would be able to construct something much more aesthetically pleasing from rough sawn boards, bearing in mind that sides measuring four to six feet in all directions are more than adequate for our purposes.
You may of course decide to buy a container which is a very good idea if you are one of the mortals whose hammer to thumb ratio is high.
Finally the lid. A sound lid which excludes the rain and retains the heat is essential.
It may be made from old carpets and plastic sheeting or be a close fitting custom made little number with matching hinges and a little latch; as much or as little security as you wish, it matters not as long as it performs the above functions.
It may be useful to workout a space at least as large as the amount of compost you are going to be creating around the bin, or a wooden or plastic mixing base usually useful for cement mixing, or alternatively another bin to make the mixing process easier.
There will not be too many occasions when you will include the composting area in the tour of your premises so it will not be a thing of beauty but more use than “that pretty illuminated plastic ladybird”