Homemade compost is a great soil conditioner to use as surface mulch around existing plants or for digging it in to your soil before planting. All soils benefit from the addition of bulky organic matter, which will act as a sponge to hold moisture in light, sandy soils and help break down heavy clay soils, making them easier to work. Compost also contains plant nutrients that are released as bacteria break it down during the rotting process – and it’s a great way to recycle.

Here are our top tips to get you started on creating your own compost heap: