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What do you get if you add green and brown together? A muddy mess?

The Wrigglers #compost #cartoon – made of green and brown waste

Yes! A muddy mess we call Compost!

Creating a good compost mix, is creating the perfect conditions for microorganisms to begin breaking down the waste – to produce heat and speed up the composting process. 

Nitrogen comes from lush, green material such as:

  • Grass clippings
  • Annual weeds
  • Fruit and veg peelings
  • Nettle leaves
  • Teabags

Carbon comes from brown material, such as

  • Prunings
  • Hedgetrimmings
  • Paper or newspaper (loosely scrunched up is best)
  • Cardboard
  • Straw

For every bucket load of green material, you need to add the same volume of brown.

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Some info on Green and Brown waste

Nitrogen-rich waste (green):

  • Grass clippings
  • Annual weeds
  • Fruit and veg peelings
  • Nettle leaves
  • Teabags

Carbon-rich waste (brown):

  • Prunings
  • Hedgetrimmings
  • Paper or newspaper (loosely scrunched up is best)
  • Cardboard
  • Straw
  • Sawdust
  • Pet bedding
  • Paper towels
  • Paper bags

Also add:

  • Eggshells, natural fibres (wool or cotton), wood ash (not too much)

Don’t add:

  • Diseased plants
  • Perennial weeds
  • Cooked food
  • Citrus (slow to rot and very acidic, which reduces worm activity)
  • Raw meat
  • Dairy products
  • Gloss or colour-printed paper
  • Ash from coal fires
  • Cat or dog faeces
  • Autumn leaves – these are best used to make leaf mould

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