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How to compost this winter

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Monday 21 December 2020

Although the colder weather and shorter days are now here, that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your compost bin. The creatures will still continue to work inside your bin. We have some tips on how best to compost during these colder times of year.

Keep your compost bin warm in winter

As the temperatures drop in the winter, the activity inside your compost bin will slow. But this is nothing to worry about. Continue to add an even mixture of wet and dry materials. However, if the weather is particularly wet, use the dry leaves that you collected in autumn and scrunched up newspaper and cardboard to soak up the moisture.

Avoid adding woody twigs and thick branches to your compost bin as they won’t easily compost. It’s also important to help keep the compost bin warm for the creatures to continue to work inside. You can do this more easily by insulating the top of the bin with layers of leaves, straw, cardboard or sawdust. You could even use an old piece of carpet to wrap around and insulate your bin.

Overall, be patient in the winter months. As long as you keep turning and adding to your compost bin the process will still be working.

Find out more about home composting

Get started with home composting in Essex

How to compost at home

How to make your own compost heap