Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:03
Muddy m, Lidl also charge; it seems to work - customers generally bring their own.
I was intrigued to find that there were so many ways of composting on this course. I just have 2 dalek bins and they are great, but could probably do with a 3rd. I would like to be in a position to not have to buy multi purpose composts anymore as they contain peat I believe, which in Britain alone releases 'around 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide' 69%, of the peat used is by amateur gardeners.
Compost can be made in; Bins, Heaps, Wooden slatted boxes, even a large cardboard box as a temporary method. Also bins that you rotate to speed up the compost.
Green Cones get rid of kitchen waste, but don't make compost, Wormeries are great for kitchen waste, not garden waste and are fun for children, Bokashi method, which I have to read up on a bit more.
The course taught us that it should be a 50/50 mix of greens and browns in an ordinary bin or heap. That is damp stuff like kitchen peelings and soft leaves and stalks from the garden and dry stuff like egg boxes and cardboard. They were rather against composting printed material on paper, even though the ink is no longer carcinogenic or whatever it was, as paper can be recycled (to the benefit of trees).