Some things are not safe to compost in most compost bins, as they could contain harmful bacteria, produce foul smells as they break down, and attract vermin. As a rule, you should avoid putting these things in when you’re making compost:
- Meat scraps
- Dairy products, like sour milk or cheese rinds
- Fish and fishbones
- Oil, grease and fat
- Cat litter
- Dog waste
- Disposable nappies
- Used tissues
There you have it: how to make a compost heap in your own back garden! All that remains is to repeat steps 2 and 3 until you start to see some results. There are some things that can affect the speed your compost develops at and the texture of your compost, so if you do have any concerns it’s worth checking out troubleshooting guides like this one.
Your compost bin will have a window or hatch at the bottom that you can take out the finished compost through. You’ll know it’s ready to use when it’s turned brown and crumbly and looks and smells like a rich, moist soil. Scoop it out through the bottom of your composter, and it’s ready to use. Happy gardening!