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Composting for Beginners

Never underestimate the power of composting!  Clean Up Australia has estimated that we waste a staggering 298kg of food per person per year in Australia!  That gives Australia the award of being the fourth highest food-wasting country in the world.  Not great is it?

Composting doesn’t have to be expensive and is a quick and easy way to help the environment. 

Within the many amazing benefits it has, composting reduces household waste, improves your soil quality, enriches it, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. Moreover, it is packed with nutrients that your soil will love. Also, it doesn’t cost anything, it’s convenient, and it encourages you to eat and grow more veggies!

Here at Quality Garden Supplies, we prepared a quick and easy guide for first-time composters.

Compost Like There’s No Tomorrow

As a nation, we throw out 7.3M tonnes of food – that’s about 300kgs per person!!  This means approximately 50% of the rubbish we put in the ‘garbage bin’ can be processed into compost and mulch to improve soil quality.

Why is this my problem?

Food waste buried in landfills causes over 3% of our annual greenhouse gas emissions by producing methane gas (which has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide). Composting benefits the soil and the environment – and it’s not that hard to do.

Is our packaging compostable?

To get  your order from here to there safely, we wanted to have minimal waste as much as possible.  All our packaging is recyclable and a product may be compostable, if there is not a “home compostable” logo.

How easy is it to start composting?

Super easy!
It all starts with a counter top compost bin to collect food scraps.  Our Ladelle Eco Compost Bin has a charcoal filter fitted into the lid to stop any smells escaping.

What if I do not have space for a compost bin?

Not having access to a garden to place a compost bin makes composting hard.  We do have some councils on the front foot who provide bins for green waste.  Local community gardens also have compost heaps – check in with your local community garden t get familiar with their composting system and how to donate your green waste.

Start saving your compost material – there are two types you need

There are two macro-categories of materials you can put in the compost bin, green and brown. 

  • Brown. This includes paper, cardboard, dry leaves, non-treated sawdust. 
  • Green matter, this includes just about any kind of fruit and veggie scraps, eggshells, tea leaves, coffee grounds.

Start with creating the base with two layers of brown materials, this creates drainage and air circulation for the compost.

Create the next layer with green materials.  You should alternate the materials in layers (dry and moist layers) for an optimal result.

Add manure and keep moist, if it doesn’t rain enough give it occasional water, and keep covered. Also, once in a while, give it a turn so it will increase the oxygen levels. Mixing or turning the compost pile is essential to aerating the materials and speeding up the process.

Wait for the compost to brew

Compost can take up to a couple of months before it is ready to use in your garden.  To test when it is ready, it will be brown and crumbly in texture.

What if I do not have space for a compost bin?

Not having access to a garden to place a compost bin makes composting hard.  We do have some councils on the front foot who provide bins for green waste.  Local community gardens also have compost heaps – check in with your local community garden t get familiar with their composting system and how to donate your green waste.

What exactly can I compost?

Check out our infographic to see what can be composted.

I thought compost smells?

If the your compost is starting to make your hair curl, it can be down to two things:
1. Your compost has too much moisture building up.  Turn your compost regularly to encourage the airflow.
2. You have too much green material in your compost.  Keeping a good balance of brown and green material reduces the amount of moisture in the compost.

Top Tip: Add Munash Organics Rockdust once a month to your compost systems to bring balance to the compost bins, increase biodiversity, and more worms!

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Check our composting collection. We have everything you’d need, from bins to tools!

Additionally, learn more about composting from Munash Organics blog: Home Composting Basics…