Home-made compost is invaluable in the garden - it is a great soil improver, mulch and growing medium.
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To make good compost, you need a 50:50 mix of materials that are rich in nitrogen and carbon.
Nitrogen comes from lush, green material such as grass clippings. Carbon comes from brown material, such as woody stems and cardboard.
For every bucket load of green material, you need to add the same volume of brown. Shred woody stems before adding them so that they break down more easily. Scrumple paper and leave egg boxes or loo rolls intact - these help to keep the compost aerated.
Most compost bins have too much nitrogen, especially if the main source is from grass cuttings - the result is smelly sludge. If you have too much carbon in your bin, the composting process will be very slow.
Here are three steps to creating great compost.