Composting tips and bargain bins

In 2023, we are working with Get Composting to offer Somerset residents home compost bins at reduced prices, including a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal for two of the same size.

A 220-litre bin is only £16.00 plus p&p. Delivery is just £6.99 per order, so why not order two and share delivery with a friend, neighbour or relative? (Max two discounted bins per address.) Offer valid for the first 450 compost converters sold to Somerset residents or to 31 March 2023, whichever is soonest.

Buy online here. Through the offer website you can also buy kitchen composters, wormeries, composting accessories and water butts. Compost converters are made from recycled plastic, UV-stabilised to prevent degradation, require no assembly, and are guaranteed for seven years. Optional base plate available. Delivery can take up to 28 days.

Compost all you can

Create compost by transforming “waste” into a free, nutritious material that puts goodness back into your garden, and:

  • Save money – good compost can make excellent soil conditioner; saving time, money and effort
  • Help your environment – the more you compost, the less you need to recycle or waste
  • Improve your garden or allotment – compost puts nutrition back into the soil

No compost bin? You can compost in situ to add nutrients directly back into your soil with compost trenches or pits. See this Royal Horticultural Society video. More RHS compost advice here. Inspire younger gardeners with Composting for kids with Peppa Pig or with Science Spark’s home-made wormery, so your children can watch the worms in action.

A compost bin works well with a mixture of organic materials, balancing green (nitrogen-rich) with brown (carbon-rich) and using garden waste, suitable foods – from veg peelings to apple cores, coffee grounds to tea leaves – and other materials, from herbivore animal manure to wood ash, torn card to wool. Check here to see if you are getting the right mix for your compost.

For practical advice on setting up and using compost bins, as well as useful answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Recycle Now composting pages or the Royal Horticultural Society.

Making your own compost at home is one of the best ways to manage your garden waste. It adds nutrients to the soil and improves the soil structure. You do not need a special bin or a large area and you can start a compost heap anywhere in your garden.

Leave your lawn, do more with mulch and discover easy edibles

If you can, reduce how often you mow the lawn. Let the grass grow for a while to create a mini-meadow for small creatures. Wildflowers already in your lawn will grab the opportunity to bloom and longer grass offers a sheltered environment for insects, encouraging more birds to visit. PS: If you have a mulching mower, make the switch to put the cuttings straight back as you cut.

Mulch is a layer of material, such as grass cuttings, which helps to retain soil moisture, improving soil fertility and health as well as reducing weed growth. Why mulch? 20 reasons here.

Go from mowing to growing so you need less shopping trips. Great ideas here: https://www.giveitagrow.info/easy-edibles. And month-by-month advice here from the Royal Horticultural Society. If you are cutting back trees and bushes, use the branches as supports for other plants. PS: Please be a considerate neighbour and avoid garden bonfires if possible.