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Where to put your compostYour compost can start in an old rubbish bin, wooden boxes, or a heap. Make sure the spot is well-drained, level and doesn’t get too much sun as it can dry your compost out. Remfry recommends using a ventilated bin such as the Aerobin compost unit, which not only has ventilation slits that aid in breaking down kitchen waste, but the added advantage of a leachate tank, to make your own liquid for the garden.“If you can’t afford a manufactured unit, make one yourself from recycled materials like sturdy hardwood stakes, with chicken wire mesh as the sides,” he says.
Start compostingUtilising a compost bin for kitchen scraps is a great way to begin going green in your home. Buy a dedicated compost bin and place it somewhere out of the way in the garden, as they do tend to attract bugs. Then, simply add all of your kitchen scraps and garden waste, avoiding all animal products such as meat and dairy scraps.
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2. Re use Give your 'rubbish' a second life. Little bags that you use to bring home bulk bin foods can be rinsed and re used. If you like takeaway coffee on a Sunday, the carry trays can be used loads of times before you recycle them. Donate unwanted household items to charity or put them on the side of the road with a 'free' sign attached - someone will soon have them! What seems like food waste, mightn't be waste at all! Check out love food hate waste for ideas on how to re purpose food scraps into awesome meals.
At the west end of the garden is another steel trash can, but this one is half buried in the dirt. “There are so many ways to compost that are truly brainless; they’re so easy,” says Ockerlander. “This is just a small bin with holes drilled on the bottom and sides. I throw kitchen scraps and yard waste in here, put the top on, and use a bungee cord to keep the raccoons out. Worms come in through the holes, and soon I have this great rich compost full of worm casings. Then I just spread it back in the garden.”
Horticulturist Amy Ocklander of Seattle uses this steel trashcan to create mulch (garden clippings and kitchen waste) with holes punched in the bottom & sides to allow worms to enter and enrich the soil. The bungeed lid keeps the wildlife out. SO SMART!