Your garden will love you
Composting can cut your waste by 56%
Build a composting station
You can buy a composter or make one yourself using chicken wire, wood or concrete blocks. Ensure you have a lid to keep rainwater and pests out. Choose a site in your backyard in a sunny spot with good drainage.
What to compost
Start collecting compost. You will need a mixture of different materials that are either rich in nitrogen or rich in carbon.
|Fresh, green, nitrogen-rich organics:||Dry, brown, carbon-rich organics:|
|fruit and veg peelings/scraps||tea bags|
|dryer lint||vacuum cleanings|
Keep a bucket in the kitchen to collect food scraps.
ADAM makes great compost
To make great compost, just follow the ADAM principle:
Aliveness – the more micro creatures the better! A compost heap contains micro organisms that act as natural decomposers.
Diversity – add a variety of materials to your compost. Food scraps, grass clippings, newspaper, straw, seaweed, dust, etc.
Aeration – your compost needs air to stay alive. Turn the heap each week with a garden fork to keep your compost fresh.
Moisture – a dry compost heap slows decomposition down. Your compost should be as moist as a wrung-out sponge.
Reap the benefits
Your compost should be ready to use in about 3-4 months. You can use your compost for potted plants, as mulch around outdoor plants and as a top dressing for your lawn. It will strengthen your plants’ immune systems and keep them healthy and vibrant.
Live in an apartment or don’t have a backyard? Start a worm farm instead. Worms can turn your organic waste into a rich fertiliser and can be kept outside, inside, on the balcony or in the garage. To find out how to build a worm farm, visit the Australian Museum website: australianmuseum.net.au/Museum-2-You
Russ Weakley , Web Designer