Why You Should Compost This Summer
Composting is a fast-becoming a popular lifestyle choice as the demand for organic, home-grown food increases and more people begin embracing sustainable practises. Summer offers a great opportunity to produce more compost as you have extra garden clippings and lawn trimmings. However, the warmer weather can also bring issues for your compost pile, so it is important to take care of it during the summer months.
At Regen Waste, we strive to generate a cleaner future and believe composting is a fantastic green method that everyone should incorporate into their lives. Here’s some useful information about composting through the summer months.
New to Composting?
Firstly, if you are new to composting or thinking about starting this summer, you may be wondering what is involved. Composting is a natural process of recycling using organic material such as food scraps or leaves. It’s very easy to begin composting at home, simply make a compost bin from some recycled wooden pallets and place in a sunny spot in the soil as this will encourage the natural heat to break down the organic materials. Here is a great step-by-step guide to get you started.
Tips for Composting in Summer:
· Keep the Compost Moist
It is important to keep your compost moist, but not water-logged. This can be difficult during our summer months, when the weather can go from one extreme to the other. If it gets too dry, make sure each layer that you add is damp. If there is too much rain, you should consider covering the compost pile to protect it.
· Regularly Mix the Compost Pile
Turning your compost regularly will ensure that is aerated and will prevent any bad odours occurring through decomposition, especially in the warmer weather. Try to mix it every 2-3 weeks as this will ensure the compost will not turn sludgy and will be ready to use quicker.
· Add Dry Material
In order for your compost pile to work effectively, it should consist of a mix of both ‘green’ material such as grass trimmings and dry, ‘brown’ material such as sawdust, dry leaves or straw. If your compost is too wet or has too much green matter, it may result in an unpleasant smell. If this is the case, you should add dry material to your pile. Read more about how to dry compost.
Composting is highly beneficial for the environment as it reduces the amount of food and garden waste thrown away, reduces the need for pesticides/fertilisers and can produce micro-organisms that can break down some pollutants into less toxic chemicals. Read more about the benefits of composting.