Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:53
Pamela, you should be able to use your compost every 6 monthes at the most. For every layer of green material used you should add an equal layer of brown material ie dead leaves, shredded paper, torn or scrunched up newspaper or torn up cardboard.There is no need to turn the material everytime you add to the bin but once a fortnight will be fine. The rule of composting is, 1 bin being used, 1 bin full and composting and the final bin being built up. What is VERY important is you are using pallets which allow air into the compost, unlike those plastic "darleks" which just produce a slimey mess. As with all living things, the bacteria and worms that digest and convert the raw material, need warmth, air and moisture. You are doing well, and carrying on a gardening tradition. Well done.