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Latest posts by artjak

Tips on starting a balcony compost bin?

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 16:28

Compost tumblers need to be filled all at once, left for a few days and then tumbled frequently.

I too would suggest a wormery; small, efficient and you get to have 6000 pets!

Just google wormeries and you will see the huge variety. You can also make your own. Cover it with an old blanket or carpet in the winter so they don't get cold.

Don't add onion or citrus, they don't like it

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:38

BizzieB, that pic is lovely

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:34

I thought Christine Walkden was splendid, eccentric, enthusiastic and fun. The programme was a very good idea. Can't wait for the next one.

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Thank you all so much

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:06

Whoops, I missed out a bit.

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:02

Oh, shame; I was only sent the email this morning. I'll see what I can do.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:28

Is the ash purely from wood? Are you putting in lots of outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage from the kitchen?

All the advice above is very good, I see you have a lid; that should keep the heat in. The horse manure could be the best direction for you and if you don't want a shredder, just chop up the twiggy bits with secateurs as you put them in the bin. Sprout stalks are pretty hefty things to compost, I'm afraid I cheat and take them to the green waste at the dump

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:18

Hardware shops from the '50's and '60's, paraffin and garden twine (and people asking for fork handles)

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:10


Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:07

As most of you know I have been a Master Composter for some time. We attend events and train people in making compost by various means and diagnose the mistakes they may be making if it isn't working out for them.

For the last 12 years, Resource magazine has been celebrating movers and shakers in Waste and Resources, through a hot 100 based on public votes.

If you wish to vote for us, go to

scroll down the page to 'Newly proposed for 2014' and you will find Volunteer Master Composters.

Many thanks.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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