What Is Compost?

In short, it is a gardener’s best friend! Its uses are boundless: good compost is high in nutrients and organisms which amongst other uses can be used to help flowerbeds, replenish pots and can help you grow healthier herbs and vegetables.  

It is made by decomposing organic material over a period of time and can be done easily at home and is a truly original form of recycling.  

To make compost, the process consists of storing various organic materials which would otherwise be regarded as waste product in a pile. Grass and hedge trimmings, vegetable peelings and other food scraps are ideal. When stored outside, over time the pile obtains natural bacteria from the environment which starts to heat up the pile and begin the decomposition process. As oxygen and heat combine over time, the pile of mixed organic waste will slowly start to form into compost which can be used at home. 

Despite our strong support for at home composting, we strongly advise against using a skip to make compost – the length of time required to decompose the green waste and the lack of airflow would make the process unviable. You can however make small outside open air storage areas to store your compost or buy closed bins with lids which allow you to keep your compost neat and tidy. All you need is an outside space, for example at the bottom of your garden. 

Find Out More

Luckily, there are lots of useful resources online to assist you in creating your own compost at home: 

https://www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting 

https://wasteless.zerowastescotland.org.uk/articles/easy-guide-to-composting-home 

There are also lots of local opportunities to get outside and do some gardening – our favourites include the nearby Killandean Allotments in Livingston (below)

 

There is a great feeling of satisfaction from using homemade compost and seeing the benefits of your work in the form of all the flowers, plants and vegetables that will blossom. It will usually take over twelve months before it is ready for use, so now all you need to do is wait and let nature do all the hard work!