Making Compost The best compost is made from mixing layers of different organic materials from the kitchen and garden. The layers should not become compacted as air movement through the pile is important. A small kitchen compost box usually needs emptying twice a week adding it to the main compost pile.
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Home composting means using all vegetable waste, peelings and cuttings. Cooked foods and meat waste should be avoided. All garden waste can be used. In autumn, leaves can be gathered in leaf bins, leaving them to break down over winter before including in compost bin.
At this time of year there is an excess of green material and leaf material for composting. This simple wire mesh basket works well for a temporary storage. The material will be added to the compost bin later in the winter.
The compost cycle for the household waste is orientated to provide fresh compost at the start of the growing season. This material is incorporated into the raised bed area and larger containers. Kitchen waste is added weekly throughout the year.