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Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:56

Hello MinosG, it's not true that we lick our plates on this forum Frank (only the knife)

MG, there is a new type of bin called a Hot Composter (£150) it is made from thick heavy duty black polystyrene material. I have seen it in action; you fill it all at once and should achieve 60c within a day or two.

If you get it to this temperature, you can compost chicken carcases and dog waste (google also dog poo wormery), the dog waste has to be collected in COMPOSTABLE BAGS (e.g.made from cornstarch) NOT BIO-DEGRADABLE bags as these take around 180 days to break down.

What type of animal waste are you looking to compost; waste from rabbits and other herbivores can go into the normal compost bin with very good results. It would only be omnivore/carnivore waste that needs basically a wormery, you would have to check with the Hot Compost people if heat alone would deal with dog waste.

I'm sorry to sound a little vague about this, but am in the middle of researching the subject.

There are about 9,000,000 dogs in the UK, producing around 4,500,000 kilos of waste PER DAY.  This mostly goes into landfill at the moment, so it is something that all us dog owners need to think about.

I hope I have not raised too many issues for you.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:36

Went to Sandringham today as was getting cabin fever and trying to avoid paperwork.

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 Not sure what these are

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 I really went to see the house, which smelt strangely of solvents, so spent most of the time walking around the parkland.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:31

If lilypily clutches a large magnet, and we have another one on board, viola! I will also bring a little umbrella to place behind those prone to travel sickness

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:26

obelixx, I have had furniture dipped in a CAUSTIC bath. This then has to be neutralised with vinegar. It was a Victorian chest of drawers and the drawers all became unglued in the bath, so had to be glued together again. It helps if you have sash cramps for this. It took a few days as I recollect to dry out and then get gently sanded in the direction of the grain.

The alternative is to have them sandblasted; (also known as bead blasting I think) this would give them a very coarse rustic look. I had my mantelpiece done heavily like this and it is like frozen waves

Need an easy use composter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:21

There seem to be many theories on these threads, GG.

Some say it is too hot for them, some say there is not enough edible material for them, some say it is too dry...etc.

I think I will have to ask the guy at Garden Organic

Of course, they could just be popping up to say hello!

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:34

Yay! a works outing in a charabanc We can sing awful songs all the way there!

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:06

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:05

Nut, of course I can pick you up, I'll be bringing gooseberry wine...

It's a mystery ....

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:27

Orlaya Grandiflora crossed with coriander? Plants are promiscuous

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:16

I'll bring some sparklers

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