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Compost Bins

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 18:28

If it is speedy compost that you are after, make or buy a 'tumbling' bin. This gets frequently rotated and speeds up process. The drawback, as far as I understand, is that you fill it all at once. The hot bin is great, but costs about £130. It's fairly new, but have seen it work at Royal Norfolk Show and was pretty impressed. You can even put meat and fish in there once you have got it up to temperature and working properly. I'm hoping the price will come down.

Compost ingredients

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 18:21

Dove, same here, it is all rather visible; means I have to keep it tidy

Compost ingredients

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 14:43

Dove, that is such a clever idea; partially made leaf mold with 'greens'. Perhaps I'll find space for a couple of bags of leaves next autumn.

Tomsk, remember; no meat, fish, dairy, but I do scrunch up eggshells; they don't decompose into compost but they do deter slugs and snails. I will also add leftover steamed veg, but not with a sauce or dressing on.

Compost bin

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 14:33

To bring air into the centre of a heap/bin, use the strong cardboard tubes from cling film and kitchen foil; push them into the centre after turning the heap to ensure air is carried in.

Compost bin

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:21

Yup, Fidget; light and fluffy is this winters mantra for making compost

Rejuvenating Overgrown/Gangly Roses (8'+)

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:19

If you don't like the roses, you cannot plant another rose in the same space without taking some precautions to avoid 'rose repeat disease'. If this will be the case, come next summer, post a thread about it.

I would cut them down by 1/3 now, to reduce wind rock, stabilise them with stakes and then once spring has started weather-wise; late Feb to mid March(?) look at the RHS site, or similar and prune back to about knee height, cutting cleanly at the angle and area that they tell you to. Then feed them exactly as directed on the 'rose food' packet, no more!Good luck, roses are so rewarding for just a little effort.

They are very 'leggy' and whatever kind of rose they are, they could do with rejuvenating after some years of neglect.

Compost bin

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:06

Clueless, Please don't leave this material in layers, it is the MIX that works the MAGIC! Respectfully to the people who have written about this, you do not need to add worms. A Wormery is a completely different, and very wonderful, method for making compost. I looked after the Council Wormery as part of my Compost Master duties and I really missed the worms when they went.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 11:19

Dove, save your OH's voice - get a Jack Russell; you'll not regret it

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 21:38

Clarington, I used treated timber 'gravel boards' for my raised beds, with 2x2" treated timber bashed into the ground for the corners, screwed, not nailed into the planks. It has survived for 10 years or so and in the next couple of years I hope to add another layer of height, using mainly homemade compost, so another layer of gravel boards.

There are critics of using treated timber, possibly to do with the chemicals killing beneficial bugs in the soil, but I didn't want to use plastic or metal, which seemed equally harmful.

The best Christmas present

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 21:23

Around 1952, a Christmas tree. My father could not afford Christmas Tree Lights (he worked for the BBC and they paid peanuts in those days) so he made a light. He took a large metal NHS dried milk tin and cut 'windows' out of it and covered them with red crepe paper. He wired it in from the base with a light fitting, an ordinary bulb, plugged in; magic

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