2The perfect home
Your compost needs to be located in a convenient spot that you can access easily, is in contact with the earth, and has good drainage.
Keep your bin close to your house so it's convenient to empty your scraps. Position 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 that drains well, sand or even gravel. Avoid sealed surfaces like concrete because this will lead to boggy, smelly compost.
To get started, place a 30cm layer of woodchip 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 wormfarm? Grab a handful of their ready made compost or worm wee 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 so that the plants in your garden can absorb these nutrients more directly.