Somewhere in the ethers of time, the art of composting was mistakenly thought to involve dumping all your grass clippings, food scraps and other garden waste randomly in a pile in the deepest darkest depths of the garden. Practitioners of this dark art usually grew a very healthy rodent population and rarely any compost. Hands up if this sounds like you at some stage of your life. (I’m guilty officer.) 

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Worm farming isn’t highly technical, but worms do require a little care and knowledge to keep them happy (and alive). Worm farms are home to tiger worms (Eisenia fetida) which are adapted to eat decomposing organic materials. 

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Hot composting is when you layer together carbon and nitrogen materials (food scraps, grass clippings, manure, straw, leaves, wood chips etc) into a large pile all in one go. Add water as you go and hey presto, your compost should be steam­ing hot within a few days. 

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With some effort and forward planning, your garden can supply a bounty during winter to ward off scurvy during the lean, cold months. 

But be prepared for curve balls. A warm autumn, a long inversion, a hard fortnight of -13C nights will all affect how, when and even whether our vegetables grow.

Includes: Best crops | Harvesting


Kitchen scraps and garden waste make up a huge portion of household waste. Organic waste releases the potent climate change gas methane when it breaks down in landfill.

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