How To Start A Compost Heap

by clair

i want to have a compost heap and wondered can you tell me how to start one off. i have a corner of my garden fenced off to put the heap.

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Dec 13, 2012
Making Your Own Compost
by: Anlex Garden

Start your compost heap in the spring.

Combine a mixture of nitrogen rich material and dry brown carbon rich material in roughly even


Do not let one of these materials dominate the heap.


Grass cuttings,

Soft prunnings,

Annual plants and weeds (before they seed),

Fruit and vegetables scraps,

Old cut flowers,

Tea bags.


Cardboard (torn up)

News papers,

Paper bags,



Diseased plants,

Meat, Fish and cooked food.

Dairy products,

Coal ash

Cat and Dog litter,


Perennial weeds (bindweed).

Place the woody material at the bottom, this will help the air circulation, then add layers of the different materials at least 30cm deep.

Shred the papers and cardboard this will help to decompose easier.

If the compost heap is very dry spray with some water but don’t soak it.

As you add more materials and the bin is full it will start to heat up and the decomposing process gets underway.

A couple of weeks it will start to cool down turn the heap using a garden fork mixing the contents thoroughly and adding water if its drying out.

Turning the compost heap regularly and adding nitrogen, moisture and warm weather will help improve the air circulation

and create a hot compost heap and give you a quicker turn around.

It takes about 2-4 months before the compost can be used it will emit an earthy smell and be about 1/2 the size from when you started.

When the heap cools down slightly turn it to introduce oxygen and undecomposed material into the centre to regenerate the heap.

The process is complete when there is no mixing left to do.

Compost excellerators avaliable at the Anlex Garden Centre, you can also contact us on 020 8421 5977

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