Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO² your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months? Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food...
Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO² your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months? Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted. Composting has huge benefits for your garden. Your compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels and keep your soil's PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and it will help buffer soils that are very acidic or akaline. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it!
... on flowerbedsHelp your new plants and flowers bloom by digging a 10cm layer of compost into the soil prior to planting. If your flowers have already been planted, you simply need to spread a thin layer of compost-enriched soil around the base of the plants. Nutrients will work their way down to the roots and your plants will enjoy the healthy boost compost provides. It is important that you leave gaps around any soft stemmed plants.
...to enrich new bordersThe borders of your garden will also greatly appreciate your compost. Spread up to a 5cm layer of compost over the existing soil. Worms will quickly like getting to work mixing it in for you! Otherwise you can dig your finished compost into the soil prior to planting. It is important that you leave gaps around any soft stemmed plants.
...as mulchUsing your compost as mulch is a great idea. By using 'rough' compost (where not everything has completely broken down) over flowerbeds and around shrubs, helps prevent soil erosion and will replenish much needed nutrients. A layer of 5cm should do the trick. Make sure that you leave a gap around any soft stemmed plants. Adding mulch after it has rained will help keep the moisture in the soil.
...around treesCompost is great for your trees. Spreading a 5-10cm layer around the roots will provide them with important nutrients and can protect against drought and disease. Avoid the base of the tree and do not spread too close to the trunk. Your trees will also benefit from less weeds growing around them. Doing this once or twice a year will help your trees grow taller and bushier in no time at all.
...to replenish potsGive your potted plants and containers an extra boost by removing the top few centimetres of existing soil and adding your freshly made compost. Leave a gap around soft stemmed plants. This will provide food for your plants and flowers and is a great way to make them more healthy and robust. ...in patio containers