Compost bins are always popular in the Autumn months, due to gardeners being confronted with loads of garden waste matter from dead plants, fallen leaves etc. Rather than throw it all away they decide to buy a composter, and make their own nutrient rich soil, which can be used in planters, raised beds, hanging baskets etc.
Gardenis.co.uk sell both wooden and recycled plastic composters, in the 'Grow Your Own' section. The most popular is the 330 litre plastic composter, in either green or black, and available with or without a base. This composter is made from recycled plastic, from items such as old car bumpers, wheelie bins, and kerbside recyled household waste, such as drinks bottles. So it's a great use of used plastic, that otherwise might end up in a landfill site.
There is a few important tips to consider when making compost, to ensure the compost process works as quickly and cleanly as possible.
1. Don't add any kitchen waste, other than fruit and veg scraps. So NO meat, bones, cheese, yoghurt, fish, pet food, etc.
2. Your compost bin requires both green and brown waste. So as well as green waste such as grass clippings, and dead plants, you need to add things such as - sawdust, cardboard, straw etc. This will help create a good soil, and prevent the contents from getting overly mushy. Ensure the bin has a mixed content, rather than one type of material.
3. A good location for your composter, is an area of light shade. So the composter gets some warmth, but will not dry out.
4. If possible use a shredder to break down twigs, before adding to the compost bin, so they will decompose faster.