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How to make compost

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If you have a garden, composting is an ideal way to get rid of food and garden waste while keeping your soil nutritious and well-balanced. Home composting is also good for the environment, reducing the need for burning and preserving threatened peat-land habitats. This guide shows you how to get started.
What you'll need: 
A composting bin
An old blanket/sheet or sheet plastic
Garden fork
1: 
Add your kitchen and garden waste to the composting bin, mixing as you go. Suitable materials include (but are not limited to): leaves, straw, hedge clippings, nail and hair clippings, teabags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peel, paper and cardboard.
2: 
Some purchased composting bins have a lid; otherwise, simply cover it with an old blanket or sheet or some sheet plastic. This keeps the mixture warm, accelerating the process.
3: 
Water any dry items, making sure the mixture doesn't get too soggy.
4: 
Every month, take a garden fork and turn the mixture. This will keep it nicely aerated.
5: 
It is best to wait until spring before using the compost, mixing it into your plant beds. Alternatively you may want to sprinkle your compost to form a layer (mulch) on top of the soil.
Tips: 
Mix in grass cuttings whenever you mow your lawn
Rotted horse manure, chamomile, comfrey and poultry manure can all speed up the process
More adventurous gardeners can try creating a multi-tiered worm farm
Warnings: 
Meat and fish scraps attract rats and other pests. Avoid using these in your compost
Dog and cat faeces, glossy magazines, disposable nappies and coal should not be composted

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I shall dig out an old

I shall dig out an old blanket and revisit the old compost heap in the garden - if I use it on my tomatoes next year I might have a better crop than this year!

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