What’s the difference between Beethoven and a handful of old leaves?


The first one is a composer...

...and the second one is a composTer! hahaha!

Can you spot the difference? (We can’t).

Time to get dirty, Seed Agents!

Make sure you put on a pair of wellies, some old clothes, and a thick pair of gloves.

Compost is useful: it makes plants grow faster than normal soil because it has more nutrients inside.

We’re going to teach you to make compost. Have you ever made compost before? It’s a lot easier than composing a concerto…

The first thing to do is collect a barrowful of leaves and place them in a heavy-duty bag. This is helpful – not only will this help you grow lots of veg but you can get rid of all those old leaves too!

Don't get the bag confused with your laundry though.

Into each bag of leaves not laundry, put one to two spadefuls of garden soil and two spadefuls of manure.

Now apply enough water to moisten the leaves, and have a drink yourself because you must be thirsty after all that spade-work…

Have a little whistle too if you can, composting often puts me in the mood for composing.

Carefully poke 10 to 15 holes in the plastic bag. This lets air circulate through the leaves. Compost needs to breathe too you know!

Turn the bag upside down once or twice and if you need to, add water to keep the leaves moist

Store your bags of composting leaves in an out-of-sight place. After about 2 weeks of patient waiting you might want to open the bags to check on the composting process. Usually the compost will be ready for you to use between 6 and 8 weeks. Good compost comes to those who wait…

And in the Spring you will have rich compost! You can sow your seeds and grow heaps of delicious veg!

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