Composting is a great way to recycle naturally and helps cut down on waste going to landfill. It will also help you grow a great garden.
Food scraps and garden waste can go into a compost bin where they break down to form a rich soil. You can then use it on your garden as mulch with an added benefit of providing extra nutrients to the soil.
It's easy to compost
Site your bin on a level, well-drained, sunny (but not too hot) spot. This means extra water can drain out and makes it easier for worms to get in and start breaking down the compost.
Start filling it up with the right ingredients. These include "greens" such as vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, garden and grass clippings. They rot and provide nitrogen and moisture. You also need to include "browns" such as scrunched paper and leaves which are slower to rot and create air pockets in the mixture to keep everything moving.
Keep the compost free of pet droppings, meat scraps and bones, diseased plants and weeds. If it's not organic, it won't help your garden grow - plastic bags and other garbage need to go in the bin, not your garden.
Keep the ingredients balanced. If the compost is too wet, add more browns. If it's too dry, add some greens. Keep the air circulating with scrunched paper and egg cartons. Crushed eggshells are also good for extra nutrients.
Use your compost when it is a dark brown, almost black soil-like material. It is rich in nutrients and can be spread onto your garden beds to improve soil quality.
We have worm farm and compost bin rebates available to Baw Baw Shire ratepayers (conditions apply).