What is the best mix of in­gre­di­ents for a com­post bin?

Gardeners' World - - Small-space Composting -

A 50/50 mix of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ ma­te­ri­als is best, but some in­gre­di­ents are trick­ier to find in ur­ban homes and gar­dens. Do not add dis­ease- or virus-af­fected plants or per­ni­cious peren­nial weed roots, weed seeds or seed­heads. Coun­cil com­post heaps reach very high tem­per­a­tures, which kill th­ese off, but a do­mes­tic heap will never get hot enough.


Veg­etable peel­ings Leafy ma­te­ri­als from plants Grass clip­pings ( in lay­ers and not too much at once) Net­tles An­nual weeds Com­frey (with­out roots) Tea bags Cof­fee grounds


Card­board and card­board tubes Shred­ded paper Hay and straw Saw­dust and wood­shav­ings Hedge clip­pings Au­tumn leaves (again in lay­ers) Eg­gshells

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