Composting takes time. Take a bit more and watch through our slideshow of composting #cartoons – they might give you the urge to start a new mix this weekend.
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Homemade compost is invaluable in the garden – to make good compost, you need a 50:50 mix of materials that are rich in nitrogen and carbon.
Nitrogen comes from lush, green material such as grass clippings. Carbon comes from brown material, such as woody stems and cardboard.
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
Carbon-rich waste (brown):
- Paper or newspaper (loosely scrunched up is best)
- Pet bedding
- Paper towels
- Paper bags
- Eggshells, natural fibres (wool or cotton), wood ash (not too much)
- 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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