Calling all fellow gardeners! Do you want to know a secret component that'll make your compost moist and balanced?
Sustainability is one of our core values and we're always on the lookout for ways to reduce our impact on the planet - more on that topic here. So we went and did some research about composting - from other experts online but also from our fellow in house gardeners and even our grandmothers. We found out that composting is easy! The process of composting kills two birds with one stone: not only does it help you keep your household bins empty, it simultaneously helps the environment and keeps the worms happy. We can almost imagine them smiling every time we top up the compost bin.
Read on if you want to find out how you can create the perfect compost to enable your beloved garden to thrive!
What is Composting?
The Benefits of Composting
Reducing the Waste Stream
Reducing Household Food Waste
What is Certainly Woods' Secret Compost Component?
It's Wood Ash!
As a result of the low moisture content in our kiln dried logs, you should not have a lot of ash build up. However, if you regularly light your wood burner, there is bound to be some and getting rid of it can be quite a nuisance. What many do not realise is that ash from your wood burner is a great compost component and will not only increase your composts nutrients but also encourage flowering and fruiting.
Wood ash is naturally high in potassium, phosphorus and a catalogue of micro nutrients, including iron and zinc. All of these being beneficial for your soil. Hardwoods in particular are richer in nutrients and contain more beneficial properties than softwoods.
Also, being an alkaline, wood ash can help make compost less acidic, meaning that more liveable conditions can be created. This is important as creating a perfect living environment for creatures like worms and beetles is vital for faster decomposition. 
Certainly Wood's Tips & Tricks:
- Do not use ash from coal as it could potentially be harmful to soil and compost
- Add wood ash in thin layers. The perfect amount would be 15cm every six inches.
- Avoid using too much wood ash because an excess in alkalinity
- Avoid putting wood ash around acid-loving plants like blueberries
- Test your compost's and soil's pH once a year to ensure it doesn't go above 7.5 or under 5.5