TOPICAL COMPOSTING TIPS
In summer our compost bins should be working at their best.
and warmth encourage the micro-organisms that do the composting for
us to work fast. So make sure your home compost bin gets some sun
during the day.
If the weather is hot with little rain the contents of your home
compost bin may become too dry. The heat will evaporate the moisture
from the bin and most of the garden waste you put in will be quite
dry too. Those vital micro-organisms need moisture, so put in extra
kitchen waste like fruit and vegetable peelings and some more grass
If the weather is very rainy your home compost bin may become
waterlogged. The micro-organisms do not like this as they need tiny
pockets of air to provide them with oxygen. Keep your bin covered.
Add extra dry material like soft cardboard, shredded paper or
shredded prunings to mix with the sodden garden waste. If the
contents of your bin are really soggy you may need to turn them to
break up the claggy lumps – but this is hard work.
Summer is the best time to get your home compost bin really hot.
Temperatures of 50 Celsius or more are possible in a plastic bin and
these conditions will kill weed seeds.
So – make the most of summer – fill your home compost bin with a
good mix of ingredients and look forward to wonderful compost next