Lindengate is now creating our very own compost from the material composted in our bays from earlier in the year.  With the heat rising in our compost bins, the compost has been given its second turning. Turning twice creates our finished product. When making compost, it is really important to make the heat rise as it kills off any viable seeds and pathogens. The key to making great compost is to get a good balance of carbon to nitrogen. 25-50% nitrogen and the rest carbon rich material.  Carbon-rich materials include leaves, hedge cuttings, paper, cardboard, twigs, hay, and straw. Nitrogen-rich materials include kitchen peelings, annual weeds, perennials cuttings and grass clippings. Careful not to include potato peelings or perennial weeds. To encourage a good temperature, cut your material as small as possible (5cm) and mix with plenty of cardboard. If you have slimy, smelly compost then it is too wet or lacking air. Therefore add more carbon rich material. If your compost feels too dry and refuses to rot, add more nitrogen rich material and water.   Take a look at the  Step by Step Guide to Composting