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Making Compost

Making compost is easy and has lots of benefits; it’s an easy way to dispose of garden cuttings, weeds and lawn clippings.
Finished compost helps plants thrive by providing nutrients and organic matter and it’s helping the environment rather than throwing garden rubbish in the bin.
Most yards have a spot under a tree or in a corner where it’s easy to set up a compost bin and it’s out of the way and hidden from view. There are lots of compost bins on the market or you can simply make your own with some wire mesh or netting and a couple of fence posts.
I started a compost bin as I was fighting a battle to get rid of my garden waste and it developed from there.
The picture below shows typically what goes in the bin.

  • Leaves and flowers from my neighbours overhanging frangipani tree which is a daily event!
  • Coffee grounds from the local coffee shop, they throw out about 20-30kg a day. I found out these were going in the bin and they were happy to give me as much as I could take.
    The good news is that the word spread and now others are taking the grounds as well. The coffee grounds are a little acidic so don’t go overboard.
  • General weeds, leaves and garden trimmings
  • Grass clippings from the mower

composting

Then it’s just a matter of time and this is the final result below; light crumbling friable compost, full of nutrients and worms.
I regularly make raids on the compost pile and remember the best stuff is on the bottom, so it may be a bit of work digging in and getting to the bottom but it also turns the pile over and mixes everything up

soil

Ideally I try to dig compost into the garden as I am changing my plants for the seasons or preparing the garden for new plants.
I usually mulch new plantings as well to protect the soil and the new compost and to give the seedlings a great start.

Photos above are of my of my garden helper buying seedlings and new snow pea plants thriving on the composted and mulched soil.

 

Until next time,

 

The Gardener