Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Waste Not, Want Not; Expert Opinion from Total Gardens withPaul Worland

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Waste Not, Want Not; Expert Opinion from Total Gardens withPaul Worland

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MULCH IT: Donat let your garden waste go to waste a compost those autumn leaves and have great soil in spring.

DO YOU now what is special about this coming week?

Yes, itas Motheras Day next weekend, but starting Monday itas International Composting Awareness Week.

Not exactly the sexiest of subjects and pretty hard to promote, but with all the talk of carbon taxes and saving the planet, itas something we all should be involved with.

Composting at both a commercial and domestic level has a multitude of environmental and economic benefits. Landfill areas for rubbish are becoming increasingly scarce and costly.

It is such a waste when consumers can easily reduce the amount of rubbish put out for collection with a little care and forethought.

We can start in the garden. How many people fill up their green waste wheelie bin for collection? In many instances a large percentage of the green waste being disposed of could be recycled at home in the form of compost.

That is what is happening to all that green waste you are throwing out, and then you buy it back again from the processor.

The benefits of composting are important. Less landfill would be of benefit to council while home-made compost will enrich the garden soil thus completing the cycle. You grow plants, enjoy them, compost and return to the soil. Obviously it isnat quite as simple as that and some plant waste cannot be composted.

There are several brands of compost bins available so do some research and settle for one that is best suited to your needs. One of the best Iave come across is the Aerobin. It is well-designed and simple to use. Basically, you put the green waste in the top and take the compost out of the bottom.

You will need a flat space in an unobtrusive part of your garden to put your compost bin, preferably in more sun than shade (but not in full sun). Compost needs to acooka and if the place where your bin is situated is too cool, the material inside will take a long while to break down. …

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