Have you got in on some composting action yet? No? Why ever not?!

Composting is a way of re-using kitchen and garden waste to make fresh compost – free of charge. You can use uncooked, vegetable waste, grass clippings, cardboard and egg boxes and newspaper to produce your very own, nutritious and magic compost.

 

You might already be doing it

Depending on where you live, you may well have a small compost bin or caddy in your kitchen. Recycling your kitchen waste in this way is a top way to reduce waste – something that needs to be at the top of everybody’s to-do list. In Manchester for example, which seems to stand out for brilliant recycling facilities, all kitchen waste can be recycled – including cooked foods and meats. This is obviously fantastic, but spare a thought for your garden…

Why compost?

The first reason to compost has to be to reduce waste – once you start, you will be amazed by how little actual rubbish needs to be thrown away. Some say around half of the contents of the average bin can be composted. This means less waste goes to landfill – less landfill means less greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere. Win, win; for everyone.

Making your own compost for your garden is going to save you money. You will no longer need to buy compost (peat-based or not) as you will have your own high-quality compost ready and available whenever you need it.

Homemade compost has all the benefits of store-bought in that it will improve the quality and texture of your soil – particularly wonderful for soils that fall to the extremes e.g. clay-based, or super sandy soil. The benefit though, is that you get to make it and control it and all free of charge.

Getting started

Before you get a good compost heap going in your garden, you might need to separate out your kitchen waste into cooked and uncooked bins. This might seem like a deterrent to some, but all it actually means is a tiny caddy for wasted cooked food and meat that can be recycled in your council green bin. Save all your uncooked, non-meat food waste and use it as the beginnings of your very own free compost bin.

You will also need a compost bin.

We’ve got 400 litre, and 800 litre bins that don’t compromise on looks. These fab wooden composters have built-in ventilation and a handy flap at the bottom for the finished product, meaning they really take the hard work out of the composting process. For inside the kitchen, we also have cute caddies that are lovely enough to sit on the kitchen worktop without drawing attention to themselves.

You can also make your own, or choose from bin options that can be tumbled, or even specialist wormeries for the composting pro. There really are many, many options out there.

 

Because composting is such a great topic there’s too much to say here. Stay tuned for our next post where we’ll tell you everything you need to know to get started.