Turn over a new leaf, start composting this autumn

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Raking up autumn leaves (large version)With autumn once again upon us, it’s that time of year when you start to think about tidying up the garden before winter arrives.

There is lots of nutrient-rich waste around – old bedding plants, grass cuttings, leaves and prunings – which can all be composted.

It’s important to have a good mixture of materials (you don’t want too much of any one thing) if you want to make a good quality compost. As well as green garden waste, you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, pet hair, and even shredded paper.  Try to aim for a 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ (vegetable peelings, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants) and ‘browns’ (garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard, etc). 

If you have too many leaves for your compost bin, just put the excess into a bin bag, make a few holes in it, and leave in a secluded spot to rot down. It will be a great soil conditioner in a few months.  Another good tip is to use your lawnmower to collect up leaves: this shreds the leaves and helps to speed the composting process.

If you get it right, this autumn’s compost will provide a free supply of nutritious soil conditioner that will enrich your spring planting next year.

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