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Continuing Our Series of Compost Making Secrets

by admin on 1 October, 2012

Today’s tips deal with covering your compost pile, composting kitchen waste, bark chippings and Autumn leaves. I hope you find them useful.

  • An open compost heap is best in a sheltered part of the garden. If it easily gets soaked by rain it will be best to have a cover for it that can be put over the top during heavy rain storms. Make sure, though, that you remove the cover afterwards so that air can get to the composting mix.
  • Much of the waste from your cooking could be feeding your garden rather than going to the tip. Potato peelings, scraps of carrot, pieces of cabbage, egg shells and teabags are just some useful materials, but it is important to keep animal products separate. Are you yet recycling your kitchen waste to make nourishing compost for your garden?
  • Have you used bark chippings as decorative mulch in your garden? Has it now lost its decorative edge and needs replacing with a fresh supply? Then why not rake up the old bark and stir it as “brown” material into your compost pile.
  • Leaf mold is a close relation to compost, and Autumn leaves should be recycled. Collect them together, maybe surrounded by some chicken wire to prevent them from being blown away. It depends on the types of tree from which the leaves come, within a couple of years you should have some good soil conditioner.

Keep on composting.

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