What is Composting?
Composting is nature's way of recycling your kitchen and garden waste. Not only can you save money by not purchasing shop-bought compost, but you can also improve your garden by helping your soil become more fertile. Composting creates organic resources, which is beneficial to the environment.
How to Get Started
- Equipment: The first thing you need to do is either build or purchase a composting bin. You can buy compost bins for a very reasonable price from most good garden centres or online. If you decide to create your own, look at these tips. Visit: Build a Compost Bin - BBC Gardeners World Magazine
- Location: The location of your bin depends on your garden and space. It can be on Soil or Concrete (soil is recommended). Putting the bin in a sunny area will speed up the composting process but also work fine in a shaded area. Make sure that your bin is not too close to your house and that it is convenient for you.
- Start adding your material; any garden clippings, including grass, can be composted with leftover fruit, vegetables, and a small amount of cardboard or paper. Egg boxes are perfect to use as they allow air pockets into your spaces. - See below for more information
What Can I put in?
Fill it up and give it some time! Try to get a 50/50 mix of greens and browns, as this creates the best compost.
|Fresh Leaves||Dead Leaves|
|Old Flowers and Leaves||Paper, Cardboard and Egg Boxes|
|Grass and Hedge Clippings||Small Twigs|
How Long Will It Take?
Be patient; It takes around 9-12 months for the composting process to be complete. Remember to keep adding greens and browns to the top of your bin as you go.
How will I know when it's ready?
You'll know when it is ready to use when it turns into a crumbly, dark, earthy material.
Where can I use it?
You can use your compost on flower beds, veggie patches, or hanging baskets!
Can I buy Compost Bins?
Nottingham City Council has partnered with Get Composting, where residents can purchase compost bins at great prices. You will also get a composting guide with each purchase. Visit https://getcomposting.com/en-gb/ to purchase your bin.
Composters for residents
Composters can be purchased locally at most prominent garden centres.
If you want some help getting started, the Council has produced a handy guide to help you get the most out of your composter. This can be viewed by clicking the attachment link below.
Further Information and Links