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Install your compost bin on bare earth with good drainage and find a spot that is conveniently located, so that you can access it easily.
Keep your bin close to your house so it's convenient to empty your scraps. Position it away from windows and neighbours. Compost breaks down faster in the sun, but requires less stirring in the shade.
Good drainage is best. Place your compost on soil, sand or gravel that drains well. Avoid sealed surfaces like concrete because this will lead to soggy, smelly compost.
To get started, place a 30 cm layer of woodchips or mulched dry garden scraps in the base of the bin to help drainage.
Make your compost bin rat-proof by lining it with chicken wire. Place the open base of your bin on top of a piece of chicken wire, bend it up around the outside of the bin and tie in place with rope.
Got a friend with a compost bin or worm farm? Grab a handful of their compost or worm tea to give your compost a kick-start.
Did you know?
Worms generally find their way into compost bins and improve the soil by aerating it. They also break down nutrients in the soil, letting plants in your garden absorb them more easily.