Instead of sending your green waste to landfill why not make your own compost bin – all you need is waste, air and water. A simple heap covered with old carpet or plastic is just as effective as a 'bin'. A container can look tidier and can be easier to manage. If you can pick a shady spot and water any dry ingredients you may be adding as this keeps it moist.

The benefits of composting your garden and kitchen waste are you’re reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and providing a habitat for a range of minibeasts. These mini beasts are a delicious food source for hedgehogs and other animals, and you create your own compost rather than buying it. Composting works best if you add a fair quantity of material at a time, so it is best to save up your kitchen scraps and add them to the heap along with some pruning, cut grass, hedge clippings or old bedding plants.

It is important to mix the contents of the heap every now and again to aerate it – wait at least three months to turn the heap with a gardening fork.

Your compost is ready to use when it becomes dark and crumbly.

What you can put in it?

  • grass cuttings and dead leaves
  • fruit and vegetable scraps and peel
  • plain cardboard (not the glossy cereal box kind)
  • old cut flowers and bedding plants
  • prunings and dead plants
  • coffee grounds
  • tea bags (check your teabags don't contain plastic first!)
  • pet droppings from any healthy veg-eating pets, including gerbils, rabbits, hamsters, and birds, along with any bedding made from natural material or newspaper
  • eggshells – these help to keep the heap from smelling
  • newspapers – shredded paper can help to soak up excess moisture in a heap.

Be careful when you turn it, in case there are any hedgehogs in it.

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