Options for improving soil nutrients
I don't like spending money. That's the truth of it; I only have a very low income so the garden really does have to pay for itself. I bought 125l of compost today for £6. I want to try and find a way so that I don't have to buy any more, and I want to find ways to make my soil nutritious, because I am growing veg on some of it and some in pots and know that slowly but surely the goodness is getting converted into stuff I am eating.
I only have a small garden and I'm not talking about the "small" garden they showed on Gardener's World recently, but a truely small garden. Then to make matters worse it is north facing and the first quarter is patio, and the next half is grass so my daugher has somewhere to play. What is left is for plants and I have some pots along the path.
I was thinking of a composter but I don't have much space for one. At the end of my garden is my driveway which is next to that of my neighbours. I have a waterbutt coming off the garage roof on there, and my bins. This is really the only place I could put one but I wouldn't want to annoy my neighbours too much and I'd be concerned about smell and flies. How big an issue is that? It would be good to be able to make something positive out of food waste and weeds, as we always struggle to only fill one refuse bin a fortnight and this should mean less waste.
What other options do I have? I've read about growing green manures, and that's certainly something I may do over winter. Oats, or whatever, if i can get hold of some seeds cheaply enough.