Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:16
When us Compost masters (no sniggering at the back there) go out to do events in the Norfolk area, a lot of people say that they have been filling their compost bin for years and there is no compost. Well there probably is... you have to turn the contents about every 2 or 3 weeks, keep adding to it (50% greens and 50% browns - nitrogen and carbon. Browns being scrunched up newspaper etc.)
Then there is the big challenge, how to access that compost. Some gardeners just tip the whole thing over or lift the bin up to reveal the contents. I would find that rather messy on the gravel where the bins are situated.
So here is how I do it;
First put down some tarpaulin or plastic, an old shower curtain would do and I use a small coal shovel and the compost stirrer that I bought from The Centre for Alternative Technology years ago, but Amazon also do them.
Having taken the little apron off at the front, I start raking the compost out with the stirrer and the shovel
I have not sieved this compost as I want to add lots of 'roughage' to a new bit of flower bed that was under the lawn and very compacted rather poor soil.
In the compost you may find small plants trying to grow in a ghostly fashion without light; I put those aside to chop up and add to the next bin
This is unsieved compost; black gold as it will really help condition the old soil from under the lawn. I will add organic chicken manure pellets as there is not a great deal of nutrition in compost.
And here it has been dug in. (The white line at the edge of the lawn is where I used diluted white emulsion and a small brush to define the new lawn edge)