In many gardens, sitting resolutely in a corner, perhaps hiding under a tarpaulin, dilapidated, crumbling, a little forgotten, sits a hidden gem, an absolute garden necessity that has become sadly a little underappreciated in recent times. We refer of course, to the compost bin.
This endlessly useful garden helper should be the star attraction of all gardens. Far from being the time-consuming and messy nuisance many believe it to be, the good old compost bin is in fact, a fabulous investment for anyone who turns their hands to planting of any sort. In modern times, being environmentally friendly has understandably become somewhat of a priority, and whilst some may be unwilling to sacrifice their prized cars or fuss about with plastic bags, composting is a simple and easy way to cut back on house-hold waste, and reinvigorate your garden at the same time, without cost.
Composting is not a complex art, nor does it mean just chucking in old fruit peel now and again. There are many different things that can contribute to a compost bin, such as your old coffee grounds and their filters, dust from the Hoover, and even old pet bedding (provided it comes from vegetarian pets, such as hamsters, rabbits etc). You could really save on the amount that goes into your wheelie bins. Indeed, recent studies have shown that nearly half of waste that goes into wheelie bins, could have been composted. Investing a little time in a timber compost bin is a real joy, the fun of which can only really be discovered once you are fully immersed in it. Composting using a wooden compost bin is easy to make and use, is inexpensive and natural, and transforms both your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden plants. And of course, its means spending less on expensive compost and plant food from shops. Give your garden what it truly needs, and you’ll soon see the benefits.
Compost itself when added to your garden will help improve soil-structure, maintain moisture levels, help suppress plant disease and keep soil PH levels in balance. Within it is everything your plants need, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; all that sciencey stuff you think you can only get from pricey garden centre bags- it can all be produced with ease in your own back yard! And as said before, it needn’t be complex. A Timber compost bin is the perfect solution for any garden. With gaps between the wooden slats, this design means that the compost is able to breath, speeding up compost production, and creating decent produce, rather than an oogey mess that refuses to blend. The wooden varieties come in different sizes, and so you can choose the size most suited to your garden. Some include compost covers. Additionally, their simple yet appealing square structure makes them easy to assemble, and are low-maintenance.
To make life even easier, compost covers can be bought for a relatively low cost, and these help keep moisture out (especially important now the wetter weather is approaching), and helps keep the warmth in, maintaining compost production throughout the year. The very best compost takes about nine to twelve months to be produced, but if you remember to pay a little attention to the upkeep of your compost bin every now and then, you should be able to maintain a steady supply of compost, to use whenever you see fit. We mentioned previously that timber compost bins can be found in different sizes, to suit smaller gardens. The same can also be said of gardens will little natural ground. Provided you add a few shovelfuls of soil to the base of your bin (injecting essential micro-organisms and attracting worms), it can be placed on bare soil, paving slabs, even concrete!
So why not grab yourself a good compost bin, one which needn’t be pricey, and get in on all this composty goodness? Rope the kids in to help, and all enjoy an afternoon garden sesh. Let them get their hands good and filthy mixing up your compost ingredients, having simple fun and learning about nature, whilst you sit back on a deck chair, sipping lemonade and thinking about all that lovely compost you’ll soon have- for free!
Happy composting, and feel free to comment and tell us how you’re doing!