When composting on a small scale it is essential to get the right mix of ‘greens’ (waste with a high nitrogen content) and ‘browns’ (high in carbon and useful to create air pockets). Add them in thin alternate layers and shred waste for easier composting, smaller pieces = faster decomposition.
Tea bags/coffee grounds
Organic kitchen waste (eg vegetable peelings)
Twigs and shredded prunings
Small strips of cardboard
Scrunched up paper
Straw or hay
Perennial weeds (in particular roots & seeds)
Compost makes a great soil conditioner, excellent mulch for borders (adds nutrients and suppresses weeds) and can even be used as potting compost if you put it through a sieve before use.
Find out more about home composting from our friends at WRAP: click here for their web site
Watch Rabbie as he tries his hand at composting - click here for the video!