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Yates Nature’s Way Compost Maker turns garden and kitchen waste into rich, nutritious compost – fast! It contains biological accelerators (enzymes and bacteria), which assist in speeding up decomposition of composting materials and help reduce compost odours. Basically, the enzymes break down the protein, starch, cellulose and fat in the compost into smaller components, which can then be more easily processed by the bacteria.
Compost is an invaluable material for enriching and improving garden soil. When dug into the garden (or used as mulch), compost improves soil structure by increasing the aeration, moisture-holding ability and biological processes within the soil. It also helps to replenish soil nutrients. Composting enables household and garden waste to be recycled usefully and reduces waste in landfills.
Yates Nature’s Way Compost Maker promotes heat build-up, which aids faster decomposition*. The biological accelerators (natural enzymes and beneficial bacteria) also assist in speeding up decomposition, breaking down woody material and reducing compost odours. These continue to work in the garden, helping improve soil health, once the compost has been dug into the soil. Fish and vegetable meal supplies nitrogen; lime and gypsum help improve the pH of the compost and supply calcium and sulphur; and rock phosphate supplies slow release phosphorus to the mature compost.
*Note: Biological accelerator activity decreases in extreme cold and drought conditions.
5 steps to rich, nutritious compost
1. Bottom layer: lay loose, coarse twigs and small branches on the ground inside bin.
2. Second Layer: moist nitrogen layer - heats up the heap: build a 15 - 20cm deep layer of mixed organic green waste (see list below).
3. Third layer: dry carbon layer - soaks up moisture from the nitrogen layer: build a 15 - 20cm deep layer of mixed organic dry waste (see list below).
4. Fourth Layer: sprinkle over a handful of Yates Nature’s Way Compost Maker and moisten to activate.
5. Repeat the process until the bin is comfortably full. Layers will sink as decomposition takes place.
Note: Compost is ready when it becomes dark and crumbly, and you cannot distinguish the original materials. This process can take anything from 3 – 12 months depending on ingredients and methodology.
Suitable Materials for Composting
GREEN (wet) material: fresh grass clippings & leaves, hedge trimmings, food scraps, vegetable peelings, tea leaves, seaweed, poultry & horse manure, weeds (without seeds), coffee grounds.
BROWN (dry) material: dry leaves (including pine needles), tree branches, dry twigs & sticks, straw, bark, untreated sawdust & wood ash, crushed shells & egg shells, shredded newspaper, egg cartons, torn cardboard.
DO NOT INCLUDE: meat, fish, oil, bones, fat, dairy foods, faeces & diseased plant material; invasive weeds, bulbs & weed seeds, bamboo, cabbage tree leaves & flax, first three mowings of grass clippings after treatment with broad-leaf herbicides.
Tips to help speed up the composting process
NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE OR IN ANY MANNER CONTRARY TO THIS LABEL UNLESS AUTHORISED
Contains: biological accelerators (beneficial natural enzymes and bacteria), rock phosphate, lime, gypsum, fish and vegetable meal.
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