Add bulk and nutrients to your vegetable beds with a thick layer of lovely compost! I’m sure everyone makes their own compost by now, it’s so easy. Good compost is a combination soft green, nitrogen-rich material such as weeds (do not compost any that have set seed!), soft prunings, grass clippings and vegetable peelings and dry, brown, carbon-rich material like hedge prunings, bedding from pets such as rabbits, hay, wood shavings, shredded newspaper and torn up cardboard in roughly even quantities. Don’t let one material dominate the heap. First time compost makers tend to add rather too many grass clippings which tend to stick together in soggy smelly layers with very little aeration, so try to avoid this by adding plenty of coarser matter. Turning the heap from time to time mixes up the green and brown materials, aerates it and helps it heat up which in turn speeds up the composting process.
Making compost relies on the micro-organisms and soil dwelling creatures that feed on decaying matter, to get your composting system working faster you can add a compost activator. ‘Make Your Own Compost’ contains a balanced mixture of microbes and the right levels of organic nutrients to support their activity and kick start them into action. It is a perfect way to get a new heap started.
Spread the lovely brown crumbly compost from the bottom of the heap onto your weed free beds. If it’s a bit coarse or stringy with bits of twig or other material that hasn’t broken down don’t worry it is still usable. You don’t have to dig it in yet, just spread it over the soil and let worms and frosty weather do some of the work for you. Any large un-composted material can be returned back into your new compost heap.
If you haven’t enough home made compost add some Organic Extra to your beds. This super concentrated fertiliser adds plenty of rich nutrients to the soil.