I'm planning a series of posts on the topic
I currently have two compost bins on the allotment - but I'm starting starting with Composting At Home - before I move onto what I do out on the plot ......
A couple of my fellow allotment holders bring their household composting waste out from home. I find it much easier to have a compost bin in the garden. I can then either use the finished compost there or bring it out if needed. Plus I don't have to lug loads of waste around.
Some kitchen items should not be put into the compost bin - as they may attract rats and other vermin - and also reduce the quality of the finished compost.
Items not to be composted include:
- Cooked food - meat or vegetable.
- Stale bread, cakes and biscuits.
- Leftover pasta and rice.
- Leftover breakfast cereals.
- Cheese and other dairy items.
- Tinned food leftovers.
Incidentally - if you want to recycle all food waste you can do so - provided that you use a Food Waste Digester - designed to be rat-proof. Something I'll return to in a future post.
- Vegetable peelings.
- Vegetables and fruit that have gone off.
- Banana and other fruit skins.
- Cardboard packaging.
Garden items to be added only in small quantities - or composted separately include:
- Grass cuttings.
- Fallen leaves ( see my previous post on Leaf Mould ).
- Woody cuttings larger than twigs.
There is more to do to - to ensure the best quality compost in the shortest time.
More about compost and composting:
Allotment Growing - Compost and Composting