Don’t ‘fall’ behind with your autumn composting

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Autumn composting (large version)Many of us are missing a trick if we don’t continue to use our compost bin through the colder months.

Home composting is easy to do all year round and autumn is a great time for it as there is lots of nutrient-rich waste available – old bedding plants, grass cuttings, leaves and prunings can all be composted.

Try these composting tips:

  • Help next years’ plants grow by making use of this year’s tired vegetation – adding old bedding plants to your compost mix will help to capture all the nutrients and will give new plants a great start next spring
  • Bring the inside, outside! A third of household waste can be composted at home. Anything from loo roll tubes and egg boxes to coffee grounds and tea leaves can all go in
  • Make your compost mixture more a-peel-ing. Don’t forget to regularly add suitable kitchen waste to your compost

The key to good compost is getting the mix right. You need to keep your ‘browns’ (garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard) and ‘greens’ (vegetable peelings, grass cuttings, old flowers and bedding plants) balanced – aim for a 50/50 mix. Air is essential to the composting process. By mixing the material up, as you fill your bin, this creates air pockets and helps to keep it healthy.

Are you thinking about starting to home compost? Find bargain compost bin prices here (opens in a new window).

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