Compost maker: Tips on making compost

See also Guidelines for Installation.

Positioning:
Place the compost maker in a reasonably level partly sunny spot where water does not accumulate during rains. Cover the door opening with loosely packed bricks or what you have.

The good stuff for compost:
Compost greens - this is quick rotting, nitrogen rich ingredients like vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, soft plant prunings, green leaves and grass cuttings;

Compost browns - being slower rotting carbons and fibres that also helps with aeration. This includes cardboard egg boxes, scrunched up paper, dead leaves, crushed egg shells etc.

Keep out
Do not add cooked vegetables, meat, dairy products, sick plants, pets’ poo, baby’s nappies, glass, plastic and metal. Also be careful not to include perennial weeds or weeds in seed.

 

Balance between greens and browns. If the mixture is to too wet and soggy, add more browns and visa versa. Make sure there is enough air in the mix by stirring it twice a month.

Keep the compost moist and warm but not wet. It helps to cover the top surface with a piece of old carpet or blanket. A compost growth stimulator available from your local nursery may be used to speed things up.

Harvest compost from the bottom through the door unit, which is wide enough for a standard spade or shovel.

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