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Did you know that there are around 1 thousand million microscopic organisms in every teaspoon of compost?

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COMPOSTING - Make your own compost bin

If you are making your own bin, you can use a wide range of material, including chicken wire, wood, plywood, bricks, concrete blocks, etc. It must be on the soil and no smaller than 1m high x 1m wide x 1m deep and no larger than 5m3.

For large amounts of garden waste, units can be made from wood, bricks or concrete blocks. Ready access from the front is necessary.

Stacking bins have the advantage of being moveable and can be extended to cope with large amounts of waste. Black polythene or sacks may be used for lining, warmth and moisture control. Wrap netting frame around wooden stakes. Line these with newspaper or cardboard to retain heat.

Check for designs in books at your public library in books on compost such as The Suburban/Urban Composter by Mark Cullen.

Some designs can also be found at:

www.digitalseed.com/composter/bins

www.backyardgardener.com/compost

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