I wonder how many people are aware of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), which is celebrated annually in the first week of May – this year’s theme ‘be loyal to your soil’.
The compost industry showcase products, featuring everything from composting in the back yard to large-scale commercial composting facilities and businesses serving entire communities.
What does ‘be loyal to your soil’ mean to you?
When you start to think about it, compost is really at the heart and soul of any garden, using it is the best and easiest way to produce bountiful arrays of flowers or vegetables for all the family to enjoy. Even if you don’t have a big area outside your home, there may be room for some pots to brighten up your space with flowers; a welcoming area for visitors whether it’s people or wildlife.
Are you a novice to using compost; are you interested in making your own at home? If so, it’s a cheap, easy and natural process of recycling. Before you begin, there will be questions that need considering, such as:-
- Why compost?
- Where do I start?
- Do I need a compost bin?
- What can I put in my compost bin?
- How to use my compost?
Did you know?
- Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces in a year; or your washing machine produces in three months.
In Greater Manchester, there is a recorded 1522 active compost bins in use.
If the idea of making your own compost at home doesn’t appeal to you, there is the option of buying the product from outlets that stock it. There is a selection to choose from, and which one, is a matter for you.
Here in Greater Manchester, Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) is proud to promote ‘Revive’ which is multi-purpose peat free compost. Residents living in Greater Manchester help in the production of the compost, by putting their garden and food waste into the garden and food recycling bin at home. It is processed in 5 simple steps and turned into a high quality compost perfect for your garden and potted plants.
It is also available as a soil conditioner and loose in bulk. For more information, please email Cliff Norton email@example.com
Here is a photo of tulips flourishing in ‘Revive’ compost which were planted in early January as bulbs. They survived the unpredictable weather and all rose to look splendid. I am about to buy more ‘Revive’ to continue the great look and feel of the garden for neighbours and passers-by to appreciate just as much as I do. So, lets be ‘loyal to our soil’ – use compost.