The Circle of Life

Make your own compost πŸ™‚

Save all your raw fruit and vegetable peelings, apple cores, tea bags, soapnut shells, etc etc

and take them outside to your compost bin (any container will do but make sure it’s got drainage holes in the bottom)

Toss your ‘green waste’ in there, (ie raw fruit & veg waste)

but also add some ‘brown waste’ (such as brown paper, black and white printed paper like newspapers or old paperback pages (no colour print), dead leaves) every so often otherwise you’ll end up with a wet soggy, stinky mess. Β You want about 2 parts ‘green’ to 1 part ‘brown’ according to the science πŸ™‚

Then eventually it will rot down to something moist and earthy, just teaming with baby earthworms (I don’t know where they came from) and ready to host your new plants. Β Don’t ask me how long this took, I didn’t time it, but it was probably about a year. Β We just eventually thought it looked composty and tipped it out of the bin and there you have it. Β Click here if you want advice from experts πŸ˜€

Now you can pot it …

… sow some seeds in it, …

… and in a few days (this is less than 2 weeks later) your old vegetables will be providing you with new vegetables πŸ™‚

I’d better thin these πŸ˜‰

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vegan, vegetarian, recycling, home-grown, plant-food, plant-based, health, gardening, growing

22 thoughts on “The Circle of Life

  1. Ive tried to make my own compost before, but kept getting ants all over it, besides other critters. Any suggestions on how to keep em away? Great job on yours!

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    • No, they’re always full of critters – I think that’s what it’s all about, the little critters break down the food stuff into soil again. I imagine the ants are just there for the sweet fruit you put on the heap. They’ll probably leave when it’s fully rotted. πŸ˜€

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  2. My goodness we have about ten round the garden of heavy clay and it works wonders even just on the spot! I could never believe my kids thought it normal to empty the kitchen waste and did it as a matter of course…and do so in their own establishments

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  3. I can’t imagine not composting. I had a big “worm bin” – the tiger worms came by post, I think. We moved it successfully from the UK to Ireland in 2000, but the move from Galway to our present home didn’t go so well. There was a lot of smelly liquid (we called it “worm wee”even though that’s not terribly accurate) in the bottom that leaked over my husband’s car. The car stank for months and was quite an embarrassment. πŸ™‚ I just use ordinary compost bins now.

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  4. I LOVE composting. Our compost has transformed the soil in our garden over the last 10 years. A couple of tips to would-be composters: you can probably get a compost bin from your local council. Don’t be tempted to get one that’s too big – it’s amazing how much your stuff sinks down as it’s being transformed. A smaller one helps to keep the heat in which is what you want. You can also put a piece of old carpet or some such on the top to retain the heat. Kitchen roll and toilet roll inners are good for the ‘brown’ part. Put lawn clippings in, but only in thinnish layers. The compost has to breathe. You will not believe the magical stuff you get out in the end! Love this post. Happy composting! x

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