We've just moved from Sydney to Tassie into our first home after years of living in a dark flat with equally damp dark garden. I now have a beautiful sun drenched front and back garden with very happy roses and vegie gardens to build. I've bought a good compost bin but want to be sure I'm getting the most out of it and not just using it as a storage unit for rotting scraps etc.
Can anyone give some advise on how best to use it. I could go to the compost sites but thought I'd check for real life experience.
Welcome to Workshop @Cherie and congratulations on purchasing your first home. This must be such an exciting time for you. I'm confident the Workshop community will be keen to help with information, advice and inspiration for all the projects you are likely to tackle around your new home and garden. Thanks for joining us.
Composting is a great topic for your first post. I'm sure many other community members will also be keen to learn more. Fortunately, there are many keen gardeners here on Workshop that will be happy to share their suggestions, including @CathM, @timjeffries, @Dale and @Branchy249.
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I tend to fill mine up with vegetable scraps, paper towel, and stalks of plants from the garden (pumpkin, tomato, corn, etc). I add a bit of soil every now and again, usually from the potato crop as that soil really needs enriching. I keep it moist by throwing a bit of water on it when required, and I just watch ALL THE WORMS that love my compost bin. They're the best bit in my opinion.
I'm also using compostible bags in my compost bin to save on cleaning. They don't break down as quickly as i like, but aren't too hard to separate out from the soil when putting it back into the garden bed.