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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
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.
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.
Water any dry items, making sure the mixture doesn't get too soggy.
Every month, take a garden fork and turn the mixture. This will keep it nicely aerated.
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.
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
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


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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