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Composting and worm farming

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Composting and worm farming is easy and puts your food back into the soil.

MasterChef contestant Callum Hann shares his tips

Some food waste is unavoidable – such as vegetable scraps or egg shells. It's better to turn this into compost, or feed it to pets or chickens, rather than throwing it in the bin.

Composting food scraps


Composting food scraps is easy, and you end up with free soil conditioner, seed raising mix or organic fertiliser. Compost bins are available from many local councils, nurseries and hardware stores, or you can set up your own compost pile. Space need not be an issue – there are systems for small spaces like balconies as well as larger gardens.

The Office of Environment and Heritage website has more information about composting.

 

Worm farming


Worm farms are ideal if you live in an apartment or have a limited amount of space in your backyard. Worms turn your food scraps into rich soil-like 'castings', great for fertilising house plants, adding to seedling mixes and potting soils, or topdressing around plants. Worms are easy to look after and they produce excellent natural fertiliser that can be applied to your garden.

The Office of Environment and Heritage website has more information about worm farms.

 

Workshops


Many local councils run free composting and worm farming workshops – contact your local council to find out more.

 
 
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