Being conscious of what your environmental impact is a necessity as we feel the effects of global warming. Start by responsibly reducing your waste at home.
Just like the human body a flourishing garden requires being fed regularly with the right nutrients. Feed your garden with homemade compost and reap the rewards throughout the year.
Here is the step by step process:
- Purchase a black bin and drill holes around the bin – top, bottom and sides. Make the sure the holes are a decent size to allow earth worms through. Place the bin in a warm spot away from the house.
- Feed Your Bin
- Start with brown matter – small twigs, decaying leaves, old newspapers and boxes (remove printed labels or toxic stickers, and stay away from magazine prints)
- Add a green layer – grass clippings and kitchen waste. Kitchen waste that is acceptable are any items that do not contain fat, oils, animal matter and sugar. So, bread, chicken bones, cheese etc. is a no, and naturally will bring flies and leave an odour.
Great additions are eggshells (high in calcium); veggie peels (don’t add seeds as this might cause a sprouting problem later on); old tea bags and coffee grounds are excellent too (high in nitrogen).
- Dog waste, old tissues, human hair are also effective to add as well.
- Add water – enough to drench the compost. Keep the mixture damp.
- Turn every few days to keep the mixture activated. It is not necessary to add an activator to your compost.
- Compost is ready when mixture turns black and looks like soil. The smell will also remind you of damp earth.
Ideally compost should be used for flower beds only, for grass we recommend a fine compost without weeds or lawn dressing to treat your lawn twice a year.
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