Jane Taylor, Waste Program Delivery Manager at Surrey County Council has been speaking to Carrot Tops about composting and how you can get started when making you’re own compost bin. In this little snippet she explains exactly what composting is in plain English.
Making your own compost bin or heap means that you can design it to suit you and your garden or any kind of space you have spare. If you can use recycled material it will save you money too and you don’t have to be a DIY expert to build your compost bin.
The simplest way of composting is to just start piling material in a convenient corner of your garden. The composting process can happen a bit more slowly in open heaps. Covering the heap with plastic sheeting to insulate and turning the material regularly can help speed up the process. Also, the larger the heap, the higher the temperature which helps decomposition.[wpaudio url=”http://carrottops.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/get-composting-podcast-2.mp3″ text=”Get Composting Part 2 with Jane Taylor”]
In the clip above Jane explains how you can get started when making you’re own compost bin. In this little snippet she explains what you can put onto the heap to get the most out of home composting.
For composting to work properly, your bin needs both air and moisture. Air is essential to the composting process and by mixing the material, as you fill your bin, it will create air pockets and help keep your compost healthy.
The key to getting this right lies in getting the mix right – you need to keep your green waste and brown waste properly balanced. If your compost is too wet and gives off an odour, add more browns. If it’s too dry and is not rotting, add some greens.[wpaudio url=”http://carrottops.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/get-composting-podcast-3.mp3″ text=”Get Composting Part 3 with Jane Taylor”]
Jane Taylor, Waste program delivery manager at Surrey County Council has been speaking to Carrot Tops about composting and how you can get started when making you’re own compost bin. In this little snippet she explains why you don’t have to be an expert gardener to get composting.