Suggests there can be no better time to start your own compost heap
IF YOU’RE already having to sort out most of your rubbish, you might as well make use of the bits and bobs that can be turned into a terrific soil enricher.
However, it isn’t just a matter of piling up your vegetable peelings and grass cuttings and turning them every so often. In every successful compost heap, there is a balance to be found.
The container or makeshift frame (ideally wooden) should be at least 1m (3ft) square, otherwise it will be too small to generate enough heat to rot it down. You’ll also need a lid to keep out the rain and keep in the heat, even if it’s no fancier than a piece of old carpet topped with plastic. Remember, the hotter it gets, the faster the compost matures.
Good elements include kitchen waste, such as vegetable scraps, eggshells and tea bags. If you want to add newspaper, you’ll need to