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Types of composting

Composting is a fantastic way to reduce your household waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

There are several different methods of composting to choose from, each with its own unique benefits.


cold compost binCold composting is the most basic method of composting. It involves creating a pile of organic waste in your garden and letting it decompose naturally over time.

You can use a variety of containers to create your compost heap, including DIY pallet heaps, dalek compost bins, or simply a pile of organic waste. The key to successful cold composting is to regularly add new organic material and to turn the pile occasionally to aerate and ensure even decomposition.

What you can compost with this method

You can compost a wide variety of garden and food waste using this method, including fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, grass clippings, twigs, and small branches. Avoid adding meat, dairy, or oily foods, as they can attract pests and slow down the decomposition process.

Page updated: 10/02/2022 Page updated by: Kathryn Turner

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