Now that spring has finally sprung, television gardener Charlie Dimmock is telling Surrey to go green, get composting and help the environment.
She said: “I’d encourage everyone with space in their garden to give composting a go. It’s much easier to get started than people realise and great for the garden and the environment.
“Even those who already compost at home might be able to do even more by adding things like shredded paper or the contents from their vacuum cleaner.”
Whether you’re a keen gardener or just want to choose the greenest, most natural way to deal with your food and garden waste, composting is the perfect solution.
How to compost
Grass cuttings, leaves, twigs, vegetable peelings and even the cardboard from empty cereal boxes are just some of the ingredients that can go into a compost bin or heap.
An equal mix of greens (e.g. grass cuttings or vegetable peelings)and browns (like cereal boxes or twigs) is the perfect recipe for good compost.
After 9-12 months compost will be ready and can be used to feed the lawn, enrich borders and maintain vegetable patches and flower beds. You can also compost a wider range of materials such as meat and bones, using digesters like Green Cones, Green Johannas and Wormeries.
Why is composting important?
Compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure and maintain moisture levels, while helping to suppress plant disease. It’s natural and peat-free, which means it is good for the environment outside your garden too.
To buy a compost bin from only £15 (RRP £40) call 0844 571 4444 or visit www.surreywastepartnership.org.uk where you can also dig up more advice.
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