We’re thinking about compost this week – especially Cally who is wrestling with the problem of how to get hold of a tonne or two of compost to mulch the beds on her allotment, now that the recycling centre no longer delivery bulk bags to her area.
Her problem is helped a little by the fact that she is fanatical about making compost from the veg peelings, cardboard, grass clippings, egg shells, chipped twigs and waste plant material which would otherwise find their way into the green bin.
There are plenty of books about how to make compost at home. We’ reviewed a particularly family friendly one by Ben Raskin of the Soil Association earlier in the year. Look out for a repeat of this here on Friday. For the uninitiated the basic principle is this.
Good compost is made from a mixture of green waste like grass and veg peelings which are high in nitrogen and brown waste ,like cardboard, paper and hedge clippings which is high in carbon. The best mix is 3 parts brown: 1 part green. Chop everything up as small as you can before adding, layer it up, turn it regularly, make sure it isn’t too wet or too dry et voila!
For members we have a whole heap of child friendly activities coming up to teach you how to be a master composter at school and at home. If you have shied away from making compost in the past, why not let loose your eco side and build a compost bin out of old pallets? Or get creative with the plastic darlek type and decorate to your hearts’ content?
Cally doesn’t include many leaves in her compost but keeps these separate to make leaf mould later in the Autumn. (We’ll be leading our members through this adventure in a few weeks’ time.)
And for something a little more exotic, but smaller scale and equally good for your garden, how about making bokashi? You’ll find a few details about it on last year’s school garden blog of one of our members. We’ll be showing our members how to make their own low cost bokashi bin.
Some rubbish is good for your garden. Start mixing and watch your garden grow.