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Are you the proud owner of a composter?

Ever thought of composting? Spring is the best time to start! It’s fun, it’s free and it’s an easy way to help reduce waste and recycle throw away green waste.

We all know that everything that once lived will eventually rot, but did you know that the rotting process produces vital nutrients that can be returned to the soil and composting is an easy way of speeding up this process.

So what should you put in the heap? Mix and Match is the name of the game. Take a look at our link for a list of the good, the bad and the so-so of compost ingredients.

After as little as 6 weeks depending on the weather (warm weather helps!) you can turn throw-away ‘greens’ and ‘browns’ into sweet smelling, nutrient-rich, no-cost ‘black gold’. Spread it on your garden soil and your flowers and plants will be the talk of the town! Easy peasy.

Not sure how to start? See our ‘5 steps to easy composting’.

Want to know the science behind it all? Read about the decomposition process and understand a bit more about how rotting works.

Let me know how you get on!


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Dear Reader, thank you for getting in touch. I am sorry to hear that you can no longer take your milk bottle tops for recycling locally. Why not try getting in touch with the local WI, local charity shops or your District or Borough council who may be able to offer advice and contacts. Annie.
10 October 2014 11:31 by Annie C
I have been recycling milk bottle tops at the 'League of Friends' area of the PRH. Recently they have stopped accepting these which is very disappointing as there now appears to be no other outlet. Can you suggest anywhere please?
06 October 2014 15:11 by System A
If you haven't had time to start composting yet, here are more tips to help. A good beginner's composting tip is to first buy (if living in West Sussex) a WSCC special offer composter bin for £13. Don't forget to put it in a sunny place in your garden if possible (this will help to speed the composting process) and on bare soil to allow lovely worms and insects into the heap to work their magic. Then add your ingredients. Top tip: chopping material for the compost bin speeds up the composting process. Make sure you have a good mix (50/50 is best) of Greens and Browns. Greens from your kitchen or garden includes all your vegetable peelings, grass cuttings and plants past their sell-by date (old pansies for example). Greens are nitrogen rich. Browns include cardboard Top tip: tear cardboard into small pieces, egg boxes, crumpled and torn paper from the house and woody prunings from the garden. Browns are carbon rich. With a balanced 'diet', worms and insects, and a bit of warmth the greens and browns will quickly turn into your very own, free compost. Once you start, you will be hooked!
30 April 2014 12:25 by Annie C
With a compost bin in a sunny spot in your garden you can begin! Just like us, composters need a balanced diet with roughly equal amounts of 'greens' and 'browns' and just like us it can be from the garden or from your kitchen and indoors. Why not keep a container in the kitchen to collect all the vegetable, fruit peelings and used tea bags to save time. With a healthy 50/50 mix the ingredients in your compost bin will begin to work their magic. Annie.
25 April 2014 11:25 by Annie C
A black bin situated in a sunny spot can help keep the heap warm in cold spells too.
16 April 2014 15:00 by Annie C

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