Posted: 02/05/2017 at 20:28
Hi, I'm looking for advice on my home-made compost.
I've been composting kitchen waste (uncooked veg, peelings, coffee grinds, etc) and garden waste for about two years in a plastic composter. Because I do not have much 'brown' materials, I added torn up cardboards too. I stopped adding new materials and left it to 'cook' since last summer and gave it occasional stirs. I also added generous amount of chicken manure pallets as I read somewhere it accelerates breaking down process.
However, I found the cardboard pieces are not broken down much (also they were pushed into the sides of the composter and didn't get mixed in), although there were a lot of fine dark stuff, which I am hoping is the compost.
Is the compost made mainly from green materials bad for the plants? Is there any way to balance its nutrients from the lack of brown materials? My garden is still new/young and full of herbaceous perennials, and I find tearing cardboard boxes a hard work to be honest and they do not seem to break down easily.
Your advice would be very much appreciated.