What to do next
All you need to do is wait and let nature do the work! Keep on adding greens and browns to top up the compost.
If you like, you can throw in some soil or finished compost – not too much though, only about half a shovel now and then. This will add some extra nutrients. You could also turn your compost sometimes to give it some air.
Things you can’t compost
- Cooked vegetables
- Raw or cooked meat and fish
- Dairy products
- Dog poo, cat litter or babies’ nappies
How long it takes
It should take between nine and 12 months to make some compost.
It’s ready to use when it turns into a crumbly dark material and smells earthy and fresh. It’s normal if it looks a bit lumpy, with twigs and bits of eggshells.
What to do with your compost
Use it on your garden! Spread it on your soil, borders, flowerbeds and more.
Other ways to get rid of your garden waste
If you don’t fancy composting, you could subscribe to our green bin collection service or bring your garden waste to a community recycling centre.