Sug­gests there can be no bet­ter time to start your own com­post heap

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

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

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