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Garden Composting Tips

Garden composting is a wonderful way to reduce the amount of food waste in the kitchen and kitchen garden. At the same time, it will create a wonderful soil additive that is rich in nourishment for the rest of your garden. By adding compost to the garden, you will be encouraging better health in the soil and shall improve the soil drainage and structure. What’s more, heavy soils will be loosened and plant diseases that thrive in the soil will be kept at bay. By composting your food waste, you will be adding crucial micro-organisms, bacteria and threads of fungi for a more productive and healthy soil.

Keeping the Smells of your Garden Composting at Bay

If you tend to the compost pile properly and keep it well treated, then you should not expect any unpleasant smells. Keep the levels of oxygen well maintained, as well as the moisture and temperature. By doing so, you should then have a productive pile of compost that will not leave your neighbours disturbed by any troubling smells.

Green and Brown Matter

This is the single most important thing you need to if you wish to avoid a compost pile that is lingering with terrible and overpowering smells. You need to make sure that you have the correct ratio of “green matter” and “brown matter”.

Green matter includes items such as scraps from fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds and grass clippings. Items such as these are rather high in nitrogen and tend to decay at quite a fast pace. Brown matter, on the other hand, includes leaves, straw, coffee filters that have been used and sawdust. Items such as these are quite high in carbon and tend to decay at a much slower rate. An ideal ratio for composting is one-third greens and two-thirds browns.

Composting is an extremely environmentally friendly approach to the discarding of your food scraps and garden debris. In the UK, it is estimated that 10 million tonnes of food and drink are wasted each year, but 60 per cent of this could be avoided. Though we are not perfect and need to reduce how much we waste, we can at least learn more about what we can do with that waste. The best thing is to give it back to our gardens and help our plants grow!

In most cases, composting does not require any special permissions, but you do need to make sure you are not disturbing your neighbours with any nasty smells. Be sure to check with your local council guidelines to see if there are any composting regulations. Make sure you do not compost any meat, bones, dairy products or oils. These kinds of foods attract animals and other pests that you most certainly do not want.

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Now that you know how to keep your plants growing through composting your green and brown matter, it’s time to think about the plants you or your client will want for the perfect landscape. With 13 acres, packed with a wonderful range of plants to choose from. Get in touch for more information.

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