Build a composting area

Build a composting area in a corner of your garden and you’ll never regret it.

In goes kitchen peelings, garden prunings and autumn leaves; out comes lovely, crumbly black gold, rich and ready to spread on the garden to feed your plants.  Once you get into composting, one bin just isn’t enough: three is the ideal (one to fill, one to rot and one to use), then there’s leafmould to make, and a green cone and wormery for kitchen scraps.

You’ll find a fantastic range of composting equipment here at Smith’s. To help speed up the process, we have Garotta Compost Maker from £3.49 upwards and Stewart Compost Converter (330 litre, with an extra wide hatch for easy removal) at £42.99.  In addition we have wooden slatted composters available which are great value for money and blend in nicely with your garden.

Setting aside part of your garden as a purpose-built compost area makes it easy to screen off with trellis, and very efficient: keeping everything in a simple square means you have plenty of room for wheelbarrows and, if you pave it, it’s much easier to keep clean.

Place your open bins alongside each other, as you’ll be forking heavy compost from one into the next. Then put leafmould bins opposite, allowing plenty of air circulation. Wormeries need a sheltered spot – tucked between your bins is ideal – but a green cone prefers it open and sunny, so put it by the entrance where light is best.

So, make the most of the mild weather and get composting!