Lyn Plant-Wells

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what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:44

That's Alice my Cavalier - yes she's a little treasure.

Thanks very much for your suggestions. If I get problems later on when the compost bin contents are under way, I will call on the wise folk on this excellent site. 

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:10

The borders/raised beds aren't big enough for the compost bin plus it would look a bit like an enormous carbuncle! There are no gaps - just roses, small shrubs and flowers. See photo. I could put chicken wire underneath the bin and clear the gravel?  When I move my pots and containers there are often worms underneath so I suppose the worms will find their way into the bin - with a bit of help if I add a few!

As there is just me, I don't have a vast amount of kitchen waste but my neighbour will contribute. I have sacks of leaves, some lawn mowings from a neighbour and there will be plant waste and prunings. I understand that newspaper is a good addition?  A friend had a terrible problem with swarms of flies in his compost bin. Not sure what contributed to this?


what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 10:32

I know this is an old post - wondered if anyone would like to add any comments?  My garden is just gravel and flower borders and I have just acquired my first 'dalek' compost bin. I wondered what to stand it on. The gravel is on top of concrete where it's sited. Should I put bricks or some sort of base underneath? I have thick black plastic but presume this isn't a good idea?  I don't want gunge out of the compost to leach out and make the gravel all messy. I have lots of fallen leaves in bags ready to start it off.  I could clear an area under the bin so it sits on concrete?


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 23:08

Yes GD - not keen on the huge spiky ones - awfully common!  . I might get some red ones with the very dark foliage. Will check online for names. I have also seen some with similar flower heads to pink Japanese Anemones.  


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 22:47

The dahlia tubers I have been given are awfully pretty single yelow ones. Not in the slightest bit brash - actually, they look frightfully posh and rather jolly - don't cha know! 



Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:24

Thanks folks. Also for kind comment re shed! (originally outside loo/coal store in the 50s/60s.)

It's just had a new roof (black corrugated fibrous material) and the plastic corrugated removed. It used to get like an oven in summer - much colder now so bang goes drying washing!  It's not attached to house and only single skin brick so gets a bit damp. Seeds kept in there went mouldy last year. New roof prompted me to have a mega clearout/tidy - old door made good worktop! 

The other alternative to keeping the tubers in there (re mice - think there are various 'entry' holes) would be my understairs cupboard. It's on an outside wall so quite cool. I'm too mean to have heating on very high!

Presumably the tubers will be easier to separate when they have dried out a bit? Clump is quite tight.


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 23:23


No Verdun,  they are not potted - they are a bunch of tubers about double the size of a large cauliflower* - dug straight out of the ground today, with only a small amount of foliage attached. They were in full flower so seemed a shame to cut the stalks off but apparently the clump was quite large & floppy so not practical to dig them up intact.  

The clump has lots of tubers packed together. Can they be divided, if so, when?  I have never grown Dahlias but always wanted them.

I don't have a GH - just my brick shed (see photos.) I live on the edge of Bournemouth so not usually very hard Winters. Saying that - frost got my container of Pelargoniums last year - my brother's (in his garden border under a tree) survived ok.  

Bit mindful of mice as some seed packets in the shed were nibbled last Winter by something!

I do intend to make a cold frame but haven't done it yet!

* peculiar comparison, I know, but couldn't think of anything more appropriate to give example of size!


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 15:59

I have been given a clump of Dahlia tubers (?)  which were in flower. The stems have been mostly removed (from a friend moving to a flat.)

What is the best course of action?  They had single yellow flowers and very dark purplish green leaves. Thanks - your help is always invaluable! 

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 10:28

Thanks - Iamweedy.  A few weeks ago the shed was in a right state. It's had a new roof so decided on a clear-out. Found piece of worktop in garage left by previous owners plus a door so replaced the mish-mash of benches. Big window replaced with d/g one from house. I put up more shelves and using French ice-cream containers for various bits and pieces. Shed now has more worktop space and electric sockets than my kitchen - and probably tidier! 

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 12:40

Thanks Verdun. I do hope we don't get a very hard Winter. My brother had Pelargoniums go through the Winter in his garden last year - in a sheltered spot. (We live on the edge of Bournemouth.) 

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