• Home Composting

    How to compost

    Composting safely

    Which bin to choose?

    Your compost ingredients

    Emptying your bin

    To Turn or not to Turn?

    How long to compost?

    Worms and Wormeries

    Topical Composting

    Kitchen Waste

    Prickly prunings

    Weeds and weeds

    Too much grass

    Leaves for leafmould

    Seasonal Tips


    Leaflets to download

    Unwelcome guests

    home compost binASK, the composting experts, have been working with householders in the Scottish Borders to help them turn their kitchen and garden waste in to first rate compost.

    To find out more about home composting follow the links to the side and discover how to solve all your composting problems.

    If you don't know what to do  with your garden rubbish try our Garden Waste Solutions for advice

    is a busy time in the garden but we want time to enjoy it - not trudge around emptying the grass box.
    Grass cuttings make a wonderful mulch for veg, fruit bushes, hedges and shrubs.
    In large gardens install extra composting units so you can conveniently empty the grass box.

    Mix the grass cuttings with other garden waste, like weeds, or soft card and paper.
    If you plan to make changes to your garden, it is a good idea to take into account and plan for the waste that those changes will generate. Often a few simple tweaks will minimise problems.

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    Seasonal Tips

    ASK have been working with Scottish Borders Council to provide advice and support for those householders who make compost at home. We have a comprehensive set of leaflets designed to help you make better compost. These explain the best ways of making good compost, how to use compost in the garden and how to deal with all the address composting problems you may have.

    Though the Home Composting Display within Woodside Walled Garden has closed for good, there is still lots of free advice on this website and ASK will continue to  answer your composting questions by phone or by email.

    Watch our Home Composting video to see how best to make your own compost.
    Click on the playlist at the top left for a menu of the different video clips that help with the various stages of home composting.