How to make perfect compost

Recycling garden waste is good for your garden and the environment. It is also a very satisfying process as you'll have the last laugh on all those pesky weeds.

How to do it

Making compost is really very easy, but for reliable results you need to understand the principles behind the process so that you can manage it effectively. In essence, making compost is like making a cake: you have to have the right equipment, the right ingredients (in measured amounts), then add water and mix thoroughly before ‘cooking’. The soil-borne micro-organisms will then do all the hard work for you. For a well-done compost, ‘cooking’ can take anything from a few months to a year, depending on the material you use, the time of year you start (the process is faster in warmer weather) and the sort of compost you want at the end of the process.

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