|Allotment Growing - Compost Bin|
A Year on the Allotment
A series that aims to help new allotment growers to get started and produce lovely crops to eat.
This post is about getting started on building compost bins and making compost.
This can be added to your plot in future years to improve the soil.
1.2 January - Compost Bins
Compost is a "foundation stone " of the allotment - in my opinion.
Making your own compost on the plot is a great way of recycling goodness back into the ground year on year. It will improve both the fertility and structure of your soil.
It will also save you money - and this is one reason why many allotmenters have a plot in the first place. You'll have less need, or no need, to buy in compost and manure.
|Allotment Growing - Compost|
Start by planning your layout - on paper, or maybe using a computer based tool if you prefer.
Choose carefully where to put your bins as moving them later would be a pain. Obvious spots are on the edges or corners of the plot. Try to choose a spot that you can get to easily with a wheelbarrow.
The next thing - decide what sort of bin you want.
|Plastic "Dalek" Compost Bin|
But I have found on my plot that these bins are a bit too small to hold all of the material that I want to compost down. So I've build a couple of much larger bins made from wooden pallets.
|Wooden Pallet Compost Bin|
Building A Wooden Pallet Compost Bin
Finally - if you don't have the time or resources to do any of this yet - that's fine. You can just start a compost heap in one corner, pile up any organic waste materials and tidy it up later if you want.
The main point that I'm trying to make is - just get going and get composting - one way or another!
Here are a couple more blog posts on the subject of compost and composting that you might find helpful:
Spring Preparations on the Allotment - Compost - Part One
Spring Preparations on the Allotment - Compost - Part Two
More posts for A Year on the Allotment coming soon.
Get inspired - get going.