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Home composting

Composting is not only great for your garden, it's a more environmentally friendly way to get rid of food waste.

All vegetables, flower and herbs will thrive in soil that’s rich in nutrients. 

Well watered, well nourished plants will not only produce tastier crops, but will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. Keep the soil in your vegetable garden healthy by digging through compost a few weeks before you plan to plant anything outside. 

Composting is good for the environment as it allows food to break down naturally, with oxygen. This means it does not release harmful greenhouse gases like it would do, if it was buried in a landfill. The food waste breaks down into a rich material that enhances soil and makes your garden beautiful and fruitful. It is the perfect method for getting rid of inedible food like banana and citrus peels, onion and garlic skins, capsicum cores and eggshells.

Compost is made up of layers of green material (high in nitrogen) and brown material (high in carbon). Green materials are lawn clippings, manure, fruit and vege scraps, coffee grounds, seaweed and green plant material. Brown materials are wood ash, paper, cardboard, sawdust, dry leaves, straw hay, and woody plant material. 

 

What's in?

Fruit and veg scraps, egg shells, bread, coffee grounds, garden trimmings, uncoated paper and cardboard.

 

What's not?

Don't add meat, bones, fish, poultry, dairy, fats and oils, weeds, seed-heads, bulbs, cat and dog waste or treated wood.
Thanks to Love Food Hate Waste, find out more about composting at lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz