Compost is a gardening material that can be used with (or instead of) soil to encourage plants to grow by providing nutrients, retaining moisture and improving soil structure. You can make your own compost at home using food scraps and general kitchen waste.
The UK throws away an astounding 12 million tonnes of food waste every year. This waste eventually makes its way to a landfill, emitting harmful methane gases contributing to global warming. By making your own compost, not only will your plants and crops flourish, you’ll also reduce the amount of food you throw in the bin, which will lead to reduced methane emissions from organic waste in landfill sites.
Rather than throwing away fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, bread, coffee grounds, paper and tea bags, you can recycle them to make compost at home. Simply get yourself a compost bin (or build one yourself if you’re up for it!) and start collecting. Avoid adding any scraps from meat, fish or dairy products. Not only will it smell pretty awful, but you’re more likely to attract pests like maggots, rats or foxes.
Another way to avoid any unpleasant odours is to line your compost bin with newspaper. Always mix in a little soil, leaves or other garden materials each time you top it up with scraps. Make sure it has a tightly fitting lid too.
With just a little bit of effort, you can help the planet and grow a beautiful garden. Sounds good to us!