Compost bins are a great way to recycle waste from around your home from food scraps, paper, cardboard and garden waste. Best of all it is a great natural fertiliser for your gardens. You are in control of what goes in, and what is added to your garden, which is important especially if you are growing your own fruit and vegetables.
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Bins should be placed in a shady area as to much sun will dry it out. But consideration should also be given to how close it will be to the house and entertainment spots; as the odour can be off putting.
Placing materials into the bin should be layered in brown and green waste. Brown Waste items include: moisten cardboard, hay, dry leaves. Green Waste materials are fruit & vegetable scraps, and garden waste. As a general rule should be 2 parts brown to one part green waste to insure a healthy bin. Other materials that can be placed in compost bins for example are cardboard, paper, straw, teabags, eggshells and lint from dryer or vacuum.
Some items that do not belong in the bin including meat, dairy products, fats, oils and charcoal.
Make sure your compost bin has some moisture – but is not overly wet – it needs moisture to help decompose the materials. A light spray with the hose or a litre of water if it is looking dry will suffice.
Once a week turn the pile over. If you do not have a tumbler, use a shovel or pitch fork for this process. This will allow oxygen into the bin to help with the decomposing.
Compost should be ready to use once the materials are unrecognisable and the pile is a dark brown with an earthy odour.
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