Composting: A How-to Guide

Sep 25, 2018 6:00:01 AM | Written by Tracy Ahern

In a previous post, we talked about how easily compostable our Au Natural Skinfood courier bags are, and thanks to your wonderful feedback, we’re back with some tips to help you get started with a compost bin of your very own! Whether you’ve got a large garden or a modest amount of outdoor space, a compost bin can work for you. No matter how responsible we are, we all generate food waste in the form of vegetable peel, teabags and coffee grounds, so you may as well look at turning them into something that can really benefit your soil.

Where to start

The best starting point is to source your compost bin itself – these are readily available at hardware stores and garden centres up and down the country. If you’re tempted by the idea of a DIY project, you can even look into making your own using recycled timber. Choose the right size for your space, and when positioning it outdoors, make sure you select a spot that receives a lot of natural sunlight, and is easy to get to when you want to add scraps.

A huge range of natural materials can be composted, but need to be added to the heap in layers, in order to maximise the nutrients that are released as they break down. Alternate your carbon layer, full of things like dry leaves, small twigs and paper material like newspapers, card or Au Natural courier bags, with your nitrogen layer, which comprises of kitchen waste, eggshells and garden cuttings, for best results.

What not to compost

There are only a few items of kitchen waste that we wouldn’t recommend adding your compost heap, and it pays to know what they are. Steer clear of meat scraps and dairy products as they can bring pests into your garden, but they can still be disposed of responsibly in your regular green waste bin.

As the natural material slowly decomposes, it releases minerals and nutrients which can be dug into any existing soil you have to give it a boost. With springs arrival this nutrient-rich soil can be an excellent accelerator for new plant crops and budding flowers.

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