Home Composting - Tips and where to buy a Compost Bin

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- Buying a Composter
- How composting works?
- Composting recipes and guides
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Buying a Composter

You can purchase composters through your local DIY supplier or at a discounted rate via our partner organisation via this link Get Composting.com The Composters are strong, simple and rigid in construction, need no assembly, and are easy to use. An extra wide hatch allows for easy removal of finished compost.

The Composters are available in a variety of sizes to suit all gardens with the 220 litre and 330 litre versions available at a subsidised rate to Torridge residents.

Compost Bin

How composting works

In nature, organic wastes are broken down through a combination of biological and chemical processes. Biological agents like worms, insects, fungi, bacteria and other micro-organisms "chew up" the materials, which are further transformed by oxidation (exposure to air), reduction and hydrolysis (exposure to water). The resulting organically rich compost can be used to feed and condition the soil and in making potting mixes.

Composting recipe

Composting may sound complex but for successful composting, all you need is:

  • The right amount of water and air to keep the biological and chemical processes functioning.
  • The right temperature. Ever notice how quickly things go 'bad' in warm - weather? For the purposes of composting, the warmer it gets, the better. In a cool environment, the composting process slows down. The internal temperature of a compost pile is also important. When the process of decomposition is at its peak, the compost will tend to generate quite a bit of heat. In a sense it's 'cooking'.
  • The right C:N ratio. This is the proportion of carbon to nitrogen in your compost unit. This ratio will affect the speed of decomposition. Ideally, your C:N ratio should be thirty to one. Grass clippings, plant trimmings and kitchen scraps are high in nitrogen. Sawdust, straw, wood chips and dry leaves are high in carbon - A mixture of kitchen and garden waste should give you close to the ideal ratio.
  • The right container, you should use a compost unit. You can build your own or buy one from the Council or, a local hardware store or garden supply centre.

The finished product will be a dark, rich, soil-like substance with a good earthy smell.

Use the links on the right of this page to get further tips on how to set up your own garden composters.