Monty Don issues warning over household waste on Gardeners’ World – ‘You will get rats’

Gardeners’ World: Monty Don gives advice on compost heaps

Gardening expert Monty Don often issues advice to Britons about their gardens throughout the year. He is best known for his role on BBC Two’s Gardener’s World. On the show, Monty shares advice and tips from his own garden to enable Britons to get the most out of their gardens.

The show began in the 1960s and has remained a permanent fixture on TV over the years.

Last week, in a winter garden special, Monty shared his knowledge on compost heaps.

The gardening expert advised fellow enthusiasts on what should and shouldn’t be used on compost heaps in order to avoid attracting rats.

Monty said: “The real secret of compost is life to soil.

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“Because compost is made by material being digested, by bacteria and fungi and nematodes and the worms and beetles and bugs, you make it work like a recipe that you know just works and works overtime.

“So let’s look at it like a recipe.

“First thing are your ingredients. You can add almost anything that’s lived to a compost heap.

“But don’t add meat, fats or cooked material.

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“Particularly cooked starches like potato or rice or pasta.

“The main reason for that, is not that it won’t decompose because it will in time, but it will so more slowly.

“It will attract rodents. You will get rats.

“Almost everything else from the garden and the house can go on.

“For example, kitchen waste like egg shells and banana skins can definitely go on.”

Monty often shares snaps and clips of his garden on Instagram.

In his most recent photo, Monty shared how he has been impacted by the recent change in weather.

Storm Christoph has left some homes in the UK flooded after heavy rain and snow fall.

Monty shared photos of parts of his garden now under water.

He captioned one post: “All very familiar for us in this low-lying watery place, but somehow special and slightly daunting every time.”

He said in another: “This morning’s view from bedroom window. A little damp.”

Gardeners’ World with Monty Don can be be steamed on BBC iPlayer.

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