Compost hints & tips

Love Your Leaves
Now is the time to start collecting your leaves .
It's easy to turn your fallen leaves into nutrient rich leaf mulch. Leaf mulch is a dark brown, pleasant smelling, crumbly material that makes an excellent soil improver and lawn conditioner. It can also be used in seed and potting mixes.
Making leaf mulch is easy...
Use a bin liner, old gardening bag or
FREE brown bags from Soutwark council available in your local libary or call us.
Fill up your leaf mulch bag with leaves
Leave your bag in an out-of-the-way place in your garden for about a year. By then you will have a bag of leaf mulch that is ready to use.
Grass mowings
Mix well with browns to avoid a slimy mess. Alternatively, leave on the lawn whenever possible - they will soon disappear and feed the grass; this will not cause 'thatch'. Can also be mixed into a leafmould heap, or used directly as a soil mulch.

What can you compost at home?
The key to a healthy compost heap is to keep a good mix of green and brown materials, and stir regularly. There are lots of everyday items that you can add to your compost such as:
Grass clippings
Shredded prunings
Garden prunings
Cereal boxes
Toilet & kitchen roll tubes
Tea bags
Egg boxes
Young annual weeds (e.g.chickweed & speedwell)
Ashes from wood, paper or lumpwood charcoal
Fruit & vegetable peelings
Tumble dryer lint (from natural fibre clothes)
Old flowers
Corn cobs and stalks
Ground coffee & filter paper
Cotton threads
Pond algae & seaweed (in moderation)
Torn up cardboard
Spent bedding plants
String (made from natural fibres)
Comfrey leaves
Egg shells
Rhubarb leaves
Pine needles and cones (slow to compost so don't put too much in)
Old natural fibres (e.g. woolly jumpers or cotton t-shirts cut into small pieces)
Dry leaves, twigs and hedge clippings
Newspaper (scrunched up)
Shredded paper
Woody clippings
Garden prunings
Tissues, paper towels and napkins (unless they have been in contact with meat, fats, oils or disease)