Compost is the secret ingredient to a thriving and healthy garden. Here are some basic steps to get you started on building a successful compost heap:
1. Firstly, you need to find a shady and sheltered position in your garden to create your compost heap.
2. Purchase or build a secure container to hold your compost in position and to protect it from rodents and other pests. Take a look at some articles in Shared Earth Magazine for more tips on building your compost bin.
3. Using bare soil aerated by a covering of branches or straw creates a good base for the compost heap.
4. You can then build on the base by piling vegetable matter, garden rubbish and weeds into a heap so that it can rot and turn into compost. Well rotted horse or cow manure is a fantastic addition to any compost heap as manure speeds up the composting process and is vital to producing rich humus for your garden.
Source: the Enviropaedia