COMPOSTING IN A BAG
How to use spent compost and raw
kitchen waste to grow healthy plants Ė even if you donít have a
We often grow plants in containers and, by the end of autumn,
nutrients in the compost have all been used up. It is possible to
spread the compost round the garden, using it as soil conditioner or
as a mulch, but you often don't have enough space in the garden for
this and you need to get rid of the compost somehow. And some
gardeners only have a courtyard, basement or balcony and no soil at
Sometimes it is possible, with the addition of some slow release
fertiliser, to grow a non hungry crop like cut and come again salad
in the old compost, but this simply delays the problem of how to
dispose of it.
mix raw kitchen scraps with spent commercial compost.
1. Use an empty plastic bag, possibly the one you
bought your compost in.
2. Add in a layer of raw kitchen scraps, whatever
you have available.
3. Sprinkle a small handful of compost activator
over the fruit and vegetables. This introduces the bacteria that
break down the scraps.
4. Cover this with a thick layer of spent
commercial compost. Don't worry about rootballs. Break them up as
best you can and the roots will gradually rot down with everything
5. Keep adding alternate layers of scraps and
activator and compost till the bag is full.
6. Tie the bag firmly and leave for a few months in
an out of the way, frost free place like a shed or sheltered corner.
7. This process adds nutrients and structure to the
spent compost, so lets you use it again.
8. Mix this with new commercial or home made
The dry spent compost should soak up some of the surplus liquid from
the kitchen scraps, so don't make holes in the bag for drainage.
Apart from anything else, a leaky bag would make a nasty and smelly
mess. Each addition of spent compost will absorb any remaining
Composting in a bag makes good use of
kitchen scraps and spent commercial compost and saves you money.
Other seasonal tips you might find useful:
Recycle your Christmas
decorations and use them in the garden.
Composting in the
Warm up your compost
in the spring
Using your compost - make
the most of your composting efforts
Use your compost
Making your own
Dealing with the Autumn Clearing -
shredding and more
Is your compost slimy and smelly?
- solve the problem.
home compost bin in the spring.
Making the most of your compost bin in
Composting in autumn
means dealing with heaps of leaves and piles of prunings
Winter Composting - What to do
when your home compost bin is working too slowly
Solve the problem of a
cold, stuck compost bin.
Make your own
liquid feeds from comfrey and nettles
Composting lawn clippings that have been treated with herbicide