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A compost bin turns organic waste, including vegetable scraps and garden waste, into excellent quality compost. This material acts as a natural fertiliser to give the garden a boost. Confined in the compost bin under controlled conditions, the material breakdown accelerates. Micro-organisms, earthworms and insects in the soil assist in breaking down the organic waste in the compost bin.
The benefits of compost are:
The best types of compost system can be purpose-designed plastic containers or metal bins, because they reduce the potential for harbouring rodents.
Choose a position that is:
Compostable material includes food and vegetable scraps, hair, lawn and garden clippings, coffee grounds, tea bags, vacuum cleaner dust, straw and newspaper.
Meat, bones and dairy products, metals, plastics and glass, magazines, large branches, bread and cakes should not be added to your compost bin. Also exclude animal manures (especially cat or dog droppings), weeds that have seeds, diseased plants and sawdust from treated timber.
1. Smelly compost caused by too much moisture, not enough air, too much/not enough food, or ‘other’ materials.
2. Ants, cockroaches, flies, mice, rats.
3. Too dry.
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