Remember the basic mix of a great compost is:
- Carbon - newspaper, shredded documents, straw, sawdust, mowed lawn clippings
- Nitrogen - fruit and vegetable waste, egg shells, chicken/rabbit/cow manure
- Oxygen - turn it over every month
- Water - just damp not soggy
Never put into your compost:
- Cat, dog or human poo
- Oil, fat or grease
- Weeds and aggressive grass runners (e.g. kikuyu lawn)
- Meat products (attracts mice)
- Avocado seeds and skins (they don't break down well)
- Bacterial infected plant matter (place in a plastic bag for main rubbish)
- Use all of your kitchen scraps in a compost.
- Layer whenever possible. Occasionally throw over some straw, newspaper or sawdust.
- Every month, throw over one or two handfuls of Blood and Bone powder.
- Water the compost occasionally to encourage the natural break-down process.
- Bugs and worms are essential, please do not spray unless Red Back Spiders move in.
- Remember to turn it over with a fork once a month (minimum).
You can move your compost bin to a new location and refill instead to ensure that the compost is turned adequately. The more you turn, the quicker it breaks down, the sooner you can use it.