The rubbish we throw away everyday is polluting our Earth. A lot of this rubbish comes from our gardens and kitchens and the good news is that this type of natural waste can be easily composted.  Composting is a natural process that involves controlling the decomposition (breakdown) of natural waste and recycling it into a valuable fertiliser for our gardens.  

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Choosing a compost bin

Composting is suitable for all gardens, except the very small.  There are many different types of home composting bins available and local councils often sell them to householders at subsidised prices.  But you can also make your own DIY composting bin using a wide range of materials such as wooden pallets or a plastic container.  It is important to get the design details right in order to ensure your composting is successful. Your bin needs to keep out rain, retain some warmth, allow drainage and let air in.  For some great ideas on materials and designs see: www.compostguide.com/18-cool-diy-compost-bin-designs/

In order to deter pests such as rats, you can line your bin with heavy duty metal mesh so that worms can get through but unwelcome visitors are kept out.  Also ensure your bin has a tightly fitting lid.

Read More: Siting your compost bin

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