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    How to make your own compost

    Published on 22 January 2013, Tuesday, 5:21 AM

    Compost not only delivers a nutrition boost to your garden that stimulates growth, but it is also an eco-friendly way of getting rid of food waste.

    Now is the perfect time to add compost to your plants, with it increasing moisture retention - meaning everything is less likely to go thirsty over the hot months.

    Repairing contaminating soil and improving its overall structure is another benefit of composting, improving the growth and quality of your plants as a result.

    The following garden DIY tips will help you make the perfect compost this summer.

    Choosing the right bin or storage

    There are a number of specifically designed bins on the market for compost, but you can also just build a heap on the ground and cover it. Whatever you decide to go with, it is important to keep in mind that the compost needs air to thrive.

    Base layer      
    Before you start, you need a good layer for your compost - twiggy materials and heavy clay soil are ideal. To improve the drainage, you may also want to include some grit.


    Once you have the base layer completed, you are ready to start piling all your waste on - this includes all green materials, cardboards, cork, egg shells, tea bags and leaves. Try to keep it an even mix where possible for the best compost.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.