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Latest posts by artjak

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:19

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 18:05


Wild Garlic

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 18:03

Mine is surrounded by weed suppressing fabric, so it doesn't spread.

Recycling Bin

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:59

Don't put in Perennial weeds with their seeds/roots, unless you have drowned them in a bucket of water for 2 weeks (this is v. smelly!) Evergreens like Leylandii will take years to break down, so is not worth it.

RunnerB, you need roughly a 50/50 mix of greens (old bedding plants, old cabbage leaves, carrots from the back of the fridge that have gone furry etc ) and browns (scrunched up sheets of paper, torn up cardboard). Move them around a bit every 2 weeks either with a compost stirrer (buy on line) or a garden fork to get air in there.

If you have any more queries or problems with it, we will be happy to help

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:51

Dove, thank you for that link I don't think it was the Tiger beetle, did not have such long legs etc, but I think it may have been the Green Shield beetle (will I get stamps with that?). This apparently lives on plant sap which may explain the appearance of one of my tomato plants.

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 15:40

KEF what are danies?

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:56

I found some green beetles/flies in the g/h, they look like a green version of lily beetles. Do you know what they are Dove?

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:53

Alan, you don't need to be so vigorous in the stirring; just move the stuff a bit once every 2 weeks to make sure there is air in there - if you mix the type of material as you put it in (e.g. grass cuttings with balled up sheets of newspaper) it won't require stirring like it's a christmas pud (omg, I used the C word)

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:49

Pansyf, comice are supposed to be great


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:22

Birdy, a domestic bin like a Dalek or a timber one (I think that is called a New Zealand bin) does not get hot enough to kill the seeds from Perennial weeds. One of the new Hot Bins (£150) would kill them. But generally Garden Organic (who train us Compost Masters) say that it is ok to use grass cuttings in an ordinary bin. When you think about how much the wind and the birds distribute seeds around your garden, annual weed seeds from the compost are the least of our problems.

To turn the contents of a Dalek, go on line and google Compost Stirrer. Mine is shaped like an arrow and is very useful; there is one shaped like an auger (drill bit) which may demand less welly to use. Or just shimmy the contents around a bit with a garden fork.

The point is to introduce air to stop the contents becoming anaerobic (smelly/slimy).

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