Points About Backyard Composting

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Garden Composting Sunshine Coast

Backyard composting is fun! It’s the simplest way to use organic waste at home and you can adapt it to fit in with your lifestyle and the space available.

“Adding organic matter such as compost to soil improves its water holding capacity. An acre of soil can hold an additional 16,000 gallons of water for every one per cent of organic material added.”

To heat up properly, compost should be at least one cubic metre. That gives the minimum insulation needed to maintain high temperatures in the centre. Compost can be a hillock in a dry, shady spot near a water source, buried in a pit or enclosed in a bin. Cover each layer of green material with a layer of brown material to conceal any smells and ward off flies.

The compost will be ready in between two months and two years — indoor compost in a special bin takes between two and five weeks

To create a really good soil conditioner that improves the structure of soil and its aeration, and helps it retain water and nutrients, you start composting with half green and half brown material — but remember that the greens are heavier — cut into very small pieces. Add water every week or so until it is dark brown, crumbly, and smells like soil.

Green matter — high in nitrogen and called ‘wet’:
• Grass clippings
• Garden trimmings
• Leaves
• Manure
• Fruit and vegetable scraps
• Coffee grounds and filters
• Tea leaves and bags.

Brown matter — high in carbon and called ‘dry’:
• Sawdust and wood chips
• Pine needles
• Straw, hay and dry grass and leaves
• Nut and egg shells
• Stale bread
• Shredded paper.

Never compost:
• Meat
• Fish
• Eggs
• Dairy products
• Oily and fatty foods and grease
• Bones
• Waste from meat-eating animals
• Diseased plants
• Roots and seeds
• Anything treated with pesticide.

Compost is beneficial, but not considered a fertiliser

• It enriches the soil, helps retain moisture and suppresses plant diseases and pests
• Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
• Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus
• Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.
• Improves drainage in clay soil and water retention in sandy soil
• Attracts earthworms.

Designer Garden Landscapes has specialized in beautiful residential, rural and commercial landscapes since 1989

If you are not sure how to start composting on the Sunshine Coast, call Designer Garden Landscapes and let’s do it together.

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