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Want to save money on your rubbish collections? Victor shares his story of getting started with composting after he researched ways to reduce rubbish collection costs. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Victor and I live in the Wairau Valley, in a house with a small outdoor space, that has lots of

You can still keep food scraps out of landfill by donating them through ShareWaste NZ. Meet Celia, who is doing just that with a Bokashi system in an apartment! Tell us a bit about yourself I live in an apartment in Grey Lynn, with my partner, with only a balcony for outdoor space. We moved

You don’t have to be an avid gardener to compost your food scraps. We’re sharing stories of people who are composting for all sorts of reasons! Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Chris and I live in Birkenhead with my partner. We have a house with its own garden, but the soil

Our facilitator Jennifer’s been creating a hugelkultur raised garden bed and sharing her journey with us along the way. Here’s her final blog post. Now that I finished my hugelkultur bed (yay!) I have reflected on what I learnt during the process and what in hindsight I might have done differently. Huge thank yous!  First,

It’s time for step 9 – mulching, as Jennifer builds a hugelkultur raised garden bed at her property. Step 9 – Adding mulch To protect the soil and the seedlings I chose to mulch my hugelkultur bed. I wanted something natural that would provide a protective cover for my soil and around my seedlings that

Jennifer’s up to step 8, adding soil and seedlings, in the process of creating a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 8 – Adding soil and seedlings Putting the soil on top of the hugelkultur bed was hard work. Possibly harder than digging the soil out in the first place. I needed to lift the

Here’s update seven from our facilitator Jennifer, who is creating a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 7 – Adding Compost I used about half a wheelbarrow of home made compost that had been maturing for more than a year. I sprinkled it on the top of the hugelkultur bed and let it fall down

Here’s the sixth update from our facilitator Jennifer, as she creates a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 6 – Adding Compostable Green and Brown Materials On top of the turf you can add whatever other compostable materials you have available. Ideally, include some green materials that have lots of nitrogen, are fresh, moist and

Here’s the fifth stage of our facilitator Jennifer’s progress as she creates a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 5 – Adding the Turf I thought adding the turf would be easy and it was, but it was a little more fiddly than I expected! When I removed the turf I cut it roughly into

Here’s the fourth update from our Compost Collective facilitator Jennifer, who is sharing how she’s creating a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 4 – Layering the logs Logs don’t come in a standard shape or size so this was trickier than I thought it would be. It felt like completing a jigsaw puzzle with