Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Fair weather composting...

I have to put my hands up and admit...I am a fair weather composter...

Our council were offering free compost bins a few years back and I thought "what a wonderful idea" however we have a fairly small city garden so it was a bit of a dilemma where to site it.  In the end the only place for it was at the back of the house down the side alleyway, which isn't ideal for a compost bin (needs a lot more sunlight really) but it was the only place really.

But...to get to the compost bin involves me leaving the kitchen, walking through the hallway, through the dining room, through the conservatory, out into the garden, round to the side and down the alleyway...hence the 'fair weather' composter ;-)

So my confession is that during the winter months it does not get a lot of attention or a lot of 'food'.

Today however I ventured out there with my big bowl of veggie scraps (and some egg shells), it was with a bit of trepidation that I opened the lid and yep there were lots of squiggly creatures in there...

The best part of the compost bin is at the bottom though...investigation led to a lovely pile of soft, dark compost - the stuff that you pay lots of money for in the garden centre.  So even though it is neglected through the dark months, the wriggly creatures continue to work their magic and provide lush compost and all made from household scraps that would normally just fill up your dustbin.

It is so easy to do, even if you don't have a lot of space, here are some useful links:

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicgardening/compost_pf.php
http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html
http://howtocompost.org/
http://www.compostinstructions.com/



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