Council urges you to keep your garden tidy

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With autumn upon us Derbyshire County Council is urging gardeners to get into the composting habit when tidying up their gardens.

This year’s high summer temperatures along with heavy downpours have caused plenty of growth in the garden – which means there may be more vegetation to manage this autumn.

We can make good use of materials such as fallen leaves, dead plants and flowers by composting them in the garden.

Putting these materials in a compost bin means that over the winter months they will rot down and help to provide a nutrient rich and free supply of compost.

In addition to your garden waste you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen, tea bags, coffee grinds, shredded documents and cardboard.

Scrunched up cardboard egg boxes and toilet rolls are perfect for creating the air pockets your compost needs. Even vacuum cleaner dust can be composted.

Derbyshire resident and keen composter Ruth Frudd said: “I would encourage everyone to try composting. It’s good for the environment, really easy and saves you money as you don’t have to buy it.

“Compost is great for mulching near flowers and shrubs on flower beds, improving your soil, and growing your vegetables.”

Residents can buy a compost bin through a county council scheme with the cheapest bin costing £16.98 plus a £5.49 delivery charge.

A buy one get one half price offer is also available on selected items.

Compost bins and accessories can be ordered via www.getcomposting.com or by calling 0844 571 4444.

The secret of great compost is a good mix of materials. To find out more about getting the best compost mix go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/composting

For full details of what can and can’t be composted visit www.recyclenow.com/compost and follow links to “making compost”.