High Fibre Compost Works: Confessions of a Rotter

High Fibre Composting uses cardboard and paper to soak up nitrogen photo

Compost isn’t Just for Kitchen Scraps
You know you’re a hippy when you move house and take your compost pile with you. Having spent three years in a house too shady to garden, yet composting all of our organic waste, we just couldn’t leave all that beautiful, dark, crumbly compost behind. So on the back of the truck it went, along with all the creatures who call it home. In the process we got to take a good look at the fruits of our labours, and that look validated our approach to composting. We had been experimenting with something called high-fibre composting, in which we not only added kitchen scraps to our heap, but also a good chunk of our household paper and cardboard waste. The idea has been long touted by the Centre for Alternative Technology, and is a great way to stop domestic heaps getting slimy or smelly (heaps with too much nitrogen-rich kitchen scraps, and too little carbon-rich woody materials, can suffer from lack of oxygen). It was amazing how quickly much of the cardboard, paper and other packaging materials had broken down, and I’m only sorry my camera is still in a packing crate somewhere, because (like any proud father), I would have loved to share a picture of my baby (I’ll have to content myself with a picture I took of someone else’s high-fibre system).

Correction to first sentence: you know you’re a hippy when you start calling your compost your baby…
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