IF you would like to learn more about home composting, and then use your knowledge to help others with their composting systems, read on because Kerry County Council is currently looking for approximately 20 people to participate in a Master Composter Course.
Starting on Tuesday, October 30, the short course will be run in Tralee over three Tuesday evenings and one Saturday (November 17), during which we will build a demonstration composting facility at Ballyseedy Garden Centre. If you would like further information or would like to participate please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Stop Food Waste campaign will oversee the training.
Compost is simply decomposed or rotted organic material. Decay is going on around us all the time as nature breaks down items every day, just watch the fallen leaves at the moment. Adhering to a composting process and putting all your organic rubbish in one central place speeds up the rotting down of these materials under controlled conditions. It is also able to provide a focal point for recycling in your home.
The benefits of composting include; saving you money, the reduction of waste going to landfill sites, the creation of a valuable resource for plants, helping to save the bogs of Ireland by using your own peat-free compost in your garden, the creation of homes for fascinating wildlife and providing food for birds and hedgehogs.
Composting is a cheap and hygienic method of converting waste into clean smelling garden material, but it is important that your bin is correctly constructed and that the rotting material inside is properly maintained.
It is important to know what should and should not be put in a compost bin. Basically, anything organic - that is anything that was once living, whether animal or vegetable - falls into one of two categories: 'green' and ' brown'. 'Green' organic material is wet, like grass clippings or fruit and vegetables. 'Brown' material is dry, woody material, such as fallen leaves and tree-cuttings.
The following list of materials can be composted at home. It has been separated into 'green' and ' brown' for simple identification.
Coffee grounds Tea leaves and tea bags Fruit and vegetable waste (cooked or uncooked) - roots, cores, etc. Bread, pasta and rice Cut and dead flowers Grass cuttings and green leaves Weeds (avoid weed seeds) Old plants (not diseased) Seaweed or garden-pond cleanings
Eggshells Kitchen paper Newspaper Papers and light cardboard e.g. cereal or shoe boxes (crumpled) Wood/peat/peat ashes (no coal ashes) Tree prunings and woody material (chopped) Hay and straw Sawdust or wood shavings