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Need an easy use composter

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 18:32

Bobby, it does not need to be stirred like a C...m s pud (we aren't allowed to use the C word in October ) just shimmied around a bit to get air in there. Compost needs Nitrogen and Carbon, (greens and browns) but it also needs AIR! The good news is that it is FREE. It only needs a little energy from you to turn the compost a bit to enable it to be aerobic, not anearobic (slimy and smelly).

Need an easy use composter

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 17:31

I spoke to one of my fellow Master Composters recently about tumbling comosters, there are several things to be aware of; you have to fill it all at once, leave it for a few days to build up some heat and then turn it frequently. If it does not have a gearing system, apparently it is quite hard to turn and there is a danger of turning the whole thing over.

Another fellow M.C. has a husband who is an engineer and she is going to get him to design one that is easy to use.

My 3 Dalek bins are very easy to turn, using a compost stirrer (amazon £10ish) and then remove the compost from the small apron door at the base.

Remember to have a 50/50 mix of greens and browns (paper/cardboard etc)

University Project

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 17:23



Posted: 25/10/2014 at 17:17

Just bought a load from the wonderful Moat Road Nursery, 80p a bunch, bare rooted. I suggest you google local nurseries, they are often much cheaper than Garden Centres like Dobbies and B&Q.

Or as Dove suggests, car boots and street markets.

Bubble Wrap Greenhouse

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:32

Heat rises, so wrapping the roof would be logical, but I have never wrapped my g/h, though perhaps I should.

To prune or not to prune

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:28

I agree about the Russian Vine, also known as mile a minute. It is pretty impossible to keep it in check.

......the good guys

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:26

The Really Garlicky Company (motto; it's chic to reek!)

I ordered 4 bulbs of garlic 'music' on Thurs pm, the parcel arrived today, beautifully wrapped and there were 51, yes folks, 51 huge cloves for £11.75 inc postage.

I am really impressed.

Arty question

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:36

Mark, are you thinking of making a staircase like that?

Animal monitoring device

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:32

I don't know what a trail camera is

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:31


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