Composting

Recycling organic waste for home gardens is easy and there are several ways to achieve great results but the easiest is composting and worm farming.

Composting is actually the rotting or breaking down of organic matter into small particles of fertile soil. There are many benefits from using compost which adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil and increases the water holding capacity of poor or sandy soils.

Roughly half your household garbage can usually be composted. Garden waste and kitchen scraps make excellent compost, however not all organic waste can be composted easily.

Handy Kitchen Scrap Bins are available from Council for residents of the Shire who purchase a composting bin from a local supplier. Simply bring in your receipt as prrof of purchase and Council will supply a Handy Kitchen Scrap Bin and a supply of biodegradable cornstarch bin liners free o charge.

Here are some useful tips for successful composting at home:-

  • Choose a warm spot where your compost pile can be placed directly onto the soil.
  • Place some twigs or leaves on the bottom of the compost pile to help with drainage and aeration.
  • Fill your bin with a range of garden waste and kitchen scraps (no meat or dairy products). The finer you can shred the materials, the better. It is best to place food scraps towards the centre of the bin where it is warmest.
  • Keep you compost moist by giving it a quick spray with the garden hose, however don’t soak it.
  • Turn your compost weekly to aerate the pile and help breakdown the matter.
  • Keep your compost covered.
  • The process takes about 3 to 6 months for the compost to be ready for use on your garden. The compost should be a crumbly dark brown texture with an earthy smell.

What to include in your compost

  • Vegie and fruit scraps
  • Tea leaves, tea bags and coffee
  • Egg shells
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Leaves, clippings and manure

Do NOT include in your compost:-

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Faeces