Choose your type of compost
You can either use a compost bin or an open pile. Compost bins have a slight advantage in that they are neat, they keep out animals and they preserve heat. Compost bins can be purchased from most garden centers and are relatively cheap.
Choose your compost location
Try and find an area that is flat, well-drained, and open to sunlight. This will make for the best conditions for your compost.
Alternate the layers in your compost
- There are two types of materials that can be composted – green materials (nitrogen-rich) and brown materials (carbon-rich.) Our compostable products will come under the brown materials category.
- Start with a layer of twigs and sticks, followed by a layer of leaves. This will allow for good drainage from your compost. Following this, simply alternate between layers of green materials and layers of brown materials.
Add your kitchen waste as it accumulates
Store any compostable kitchen waste in a container in a cool and dry place. Once this container is filled up, add it to your compost. When adding any food waste, be sure to top it up with a layer of brown material. If you do not do this, your compost will become damp, and break down more slowly.
Keep adding layers until your bin is full
The contents of the bin will shrink as they begin to decompose.
Keep your compost maintained
When adding new layers to the pile, ensure you mix it in with older layers.
Keep the compost moist. It should be the dampness of a wrung-out sponge. Add water or dry materials to ensure this.
Ensure you regularly mix the compost to eliminate bad odors and help the decomposition process.
Gather your compost
- You should begin to see finished compost 4-6 weeks from starting your bin. Finished compost should be dark in colour, crumble in your hands, and smell natural and earthy.
- The finished compost will end up at the top of your bin/ pile. Ensure you do not remove any material which is still decomposing.
Use your compost
Compost has a whole range of garden uses. Try sprinkling it on your lawn, placing a layer over the soil in your flower beds, or even making compost tea. Fill an old pillowcase full of compost, tie the top, and place it in a bin of water overnight; this can then be used to water plants and gardens.