London (change)
Today 11°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 9°C

PudseyAnne


Latest posts by PudseyAnne

6 returned

Compost

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:13

Yes - I realised it was someone else after all, sorry - well, Frank, your call.  I do have a husband, and the required receptacle...

Thank you Sotongeoff for your encouragement.  It looks as if it's all a bit trial and error anyway, and different people have found different things helpful. A bit like using a computer - we all have different little tips to pass on.  Anyway, I do enjoy the forum, a nice way to share problems and solutions.

Compost

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 15:57

Hullo, everyone - I'm back!  Very sorry Inaam, I no nuzzing about wormeries.  Some other expert will give you an answer, no doubt.

Re my smelly compost, I did literally shove it all into the dalek that day, I see about 2 weeks ago, simply to keep it away from the grandchildren  ( then had a shower...) but because very busy have not got round to doing any more until today, when I had to empty my kitchen compost into it (for which I use a pedal bin). The GOOD NEWS IS that when I took the lid off there was no ghastly smell and it all looked fairly compost-like although still big bits in it.  What a miracle!  So I pulled the dalek off, forked it all over and shoved it back in.  Loads of lovely worms. 

QUESTION FOR SOTONGEOFF IF YOU'RE STILL THERE - how often and how much 'recycled beer' would you recommend?  Or maybe someone else can answer that.

NEXT QUESTION - 2 actually:

1. When my dalek is full, what next?  I would want to mulch things, but isn't that done in spring? I'd really rather not have another large compost bin taking up space, but I understand it is best to let one stand and start another, keeping two alternating. 2. I moved from a lime area to an acid area (Yorkshire) 18 months ago and still have some ericaceous compost, about a bagful.  Is it OK to add to my compost or soil, or will it make everything too acid? thank you all for your wonderful advice. PudseyAnne

Compost

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:22

Oh thanks - I'm very much an amateur.  Old twigs... OK.  When you say dig it over, do you pull the Dalek off the pile, dig it over, set it up again and refill? I did do that once, it seems easier than sticking a fork in from the top.

Compost

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:46

Many thanks for all your advice, various new ideas etc, which I will take on board.  I love the Granddad bit. (Toby Buckland gave us that tip, I remember.)

I do have one of the large Daleks and it has made some acceptable compost previously, just sitting on the bare earth and without me doing a whole lot of the above. The trouble came when it was time to stop adding to it and start new pile - while the kitchen scraps were still building up etc - so I began using an ordinary dustbin...  then another one... and have just got round to sorting them all out. Don't put things off! is the moral...

I notice that Monty's vast compost sections remain open to the air, but our tubs are supposed to be kept covered? Any comments on that? My garden isn't big enough for that, of course, but it does all look a bit 'cleaner' and easier to manage.

Hey, this forum business is quite fun.  I could get addicted. But my grass needs cutting...  No, I will not put any of it in the compost this time!

 

By the way, could you define 'brushwood'?  

Compost

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 15:41

Wow, that was quick!  Well, thanks very much.  It wasn't actually a bin full of grass, it had kitchen bits and newspaper also.  I will do what you suggest and probably avoid adding any grass cuttings till it looks(and smells!) more normal. Many thanks.

Compost

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 15:20

I have one tub of putrid-smelling stuff - presumably I added too much grass to it.  Can it be rescued in any way, e.g. by adding lots of soil or paper etc.? thanks for all advice.

6 returned

Discussions started by PudseyAnne

Compost

Rescuing a disaster 
Replies: 16    Views: 917
Last Post: 01/10/2012 at 17:13
1 returned