Compost Guide P3

 

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 Three: Building Your Heap

So you think compost and you will soon be faced with grass cuttings and weeds to say nothing of potato peelings all to be disposed of and transformed into golden compost by your soon to be compost heap.

Don’t panic! You have your nicely shredded heap of woody material to hand, a splendid container and all the time in the world to do your magic. Think again about a fruit cake mix, lots of combinations and mixing, feeding and prepping up!

Start by throwing a good layer of woody material into the bottom of the bin to let a bit of air circulate, then mow your lawn and sling in the clippings.

If your lawn is large and the clippings numerous you may like to consider adding a little woody material between loads.

Next perhaps, after a decent interlude and a cold beer or hot tea, you fancy a little weeding, carry on leafy weeds will wilt and rot down, soil debris, roots, chuck them all in.

This material will be fairly diverse in size and texture so should not need the addition of any of our woody material.

Then it’s into the house to get the lunch on, this should produce a nice peelings; heave that in on your way back down the garden to resume your labours.

Beware however that the spud peelings etc are not too wet, too much water is very bad for compost heaps so such material should be well drained before it is added to the heap. Put them in a plastic carrier bag (they all should have small holes in for child safety) and roll the top down squeezing any excess water out before tipping the “not more than slightly damp” peelings on to your compost collection.

 

Compost Guide P4

 

Compost Guide P5