Composts are a great way to save water, time and money whilst caring for your
plants at the same time. Mulch prevents up to 73% evaporation loss in the garden
and itís one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make the most of the water in
The best mulch you can use is well-rotted compost. This will improve soil
structure and stimulate the biological life of the soil at the same time. The
best part is, you can create a compost in your own backyard!
If you would like to create your own compost but your not sure how, then we have
come up with these easy steps to get you started.
Choose a site in your yard. You can have it as a heap in the back corner, in a
three-sided brick enclosure or the simplest way, in a plastic barrel like we
did. This is a one-piece unit that allows easy temperature control.
Start off with the right ratio of greens to browns. Youíll need twenty parts
carbon material like leaves, paper and straw and one part nitrogen material like
fruit peelings, tea bags and manure.
Create a bed of sticks and twigs 100 millimetres high off the bottom of the
barrel. This will create the right conditions for your compost, letting oxygen
and water flow through.
Then leave your compost to rot. Within six weeks you should see it breaking down
and within eight weeks you should have rich compost thatís ready to be used on