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September is a good month to clean up the garden. All ‘waste’ you can use for your own compost heap. Advantages: no fertiliser costs, less rubbish bags, less waste in the green bin. Good for the environment and your wallet! Compost itself improves the structure of the soil and provides nutrients for your plants and crops.  Compost silos are naturally ready sold. You can of course also create one yourself, it is not difficult.

You need:

  • 4 poles of about 1.5 meters;
  • Chicken wire of about 1.2 meters wide and 2.5 meters long;
  • Staples; • Cardboard boxes;
  • A piece of old carpet or sail.

You make the compost bin as follows:

  1. Place the poles in a square approximately 75 cm apart. Hammer the poles into the ground approx.  30 cm deep, so the rest of the pole is approximately 1.2 meters above the ground.
  2. Wrap the chicken wire around the poles, and firmly tighten the clamps on each pole. Leaving one side open.
  3. Cut off any excess wire from the two poles on the open side. Bend any sharp ends back to prevent injury.
  4. Now you can use the compost bin! It is best to use a lot of green garden waste, and cut your wood-like materials as small as possible. Add water if the mixture dries.
  5. Cover the compost heap each time you add to the heap  with an old piece of carpet or sailing. This will keep the rain out and the heat in.
  6. Keep filling the compost heap, as it decomposes more room becomes available. Keep covered.

What can I put in the compost heap?

Almost all the garden waste that you produce in September, you can use in your homemade compost heap:

  • Grass clippings
  • Green kitchen waste;
  • Fruit
  • Leaves;
  • Fragmented prunings.

What should I not put in the compost heap?

  • Meat
  • Cooked vegetables or potatoes;
  • Diseased garden material.

In order to speed up the composting process, you can add DCM Compost Maker. This includes a natural nitrogen source and seaweed lime. Also every 6 weeks stirring ensures a sufficient air supply. The mass of the compost heap will consume it increasingly shrinking, so there will be a lot of room in the compost bin. Approximately one year later and you have wonderful compost ready to use! Replace the cardboard and the composter can be reused.

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