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Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:03

HI Lily Pilly

I DO know what a tombola box looks like - guess that makes me 27 too... 

How long do you think it takes to get the compost mature enough to use in the summer? I was wondering if they are quicker than my compost bins which take several months. Is yours large enough to accomodate much garden waste?

Love, love, love your garden by the way - you have done a really great job there

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 11:41

It sure does  grandma.....

Off to listen to some Moody Blues now - I haven't played anything by them in a long time - will be transported back to floaty cheesecloth dresses and platform shoes. Might even have to find a Vesta curry to eat (do they still make those.....?) 


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 11:31

Thanks Artjak - 'loosening' sounds much better than 'turning'! 

I know that you love composting (as do I - had a lovely day at the Henry Doubleday Research place a few years back - absolutely fascinating) so I am interested to know what type of compost bins you have.

I have some large plastic ones (nearly 2 cubic metres each). They open right out to allow me easy access to the compost & seem to compost faster than the traditional wooden ones I had before. They are also rot and mouse proof. They were also available at a 90% (!) discount through a council run recycling scheme 

I have been thinking about getting a tumbler - have you got one? What do they think of them on your compost master courses?


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:06

I have never been able to get a 'hot' compost bin. When I have time I shred (or mow over) woody material and add it with grass cuttings & that makes a nearly hot (steam rising) bin but it soon seems to cool down. I operate a 3 bin system.

Bin 1 is fresh material & the one I add to.

Bin 2 is 'cooking'

Bin 3 is usable compost

When Bin 3  is empty I turn Bin 1 into it & leave that to cook and start a new bin again in bin 1.

If my back was a bit stronger I would turn Bin 2 into bin 3 and bin 1 into bin 2 but I've only done that once & it cost me a fortune in osteopath bills!!

I think it is more important to get the right 'mix' of brown and green & to try to build up layers with coarser stuff mixed in with the shreddings. I also water mine (with both recycled tea and water) if it seems dry and I stir the top layers each time I add stuff.

Seems to work but stuff composted this season will not be usable till next year. I have always had a problem with seedy compost so this year I've been more circumspect about composting seed heads - I only do those which are still very green and I do shred them.

I have ants in mine too Hester - even though I try not to let it dry out too much.

insects killing plant roots

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 09:42

Hi Ernie - you say you've improved a heavy clay soil.

I wondered if your problem could be caused by areas where water logging is still a problem despite your efforts (assuming you've had the heavy rain we have) or perhaps using farmyard / horse manure which has not been fully rotted and is 'burning' young plants. 

If you're happy neither of these is the problem then I'd go with Dove's suggestion.



Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:43

Lily Pilly - I couldn't possibly comment ...


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:27

Brrr - morning everybody.

Happy Birthday Panda - will you be out on the bambooze later? 

Enjoy your arch and tree - look forward to seeing some pics later


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:00
Pin Mill is a lovely place Dove. We used to go there a lot when we were sailing - might have to go again soon. Glad you had a nice day. Did your friend with the poorly car get home ok?

Pleased to hear DD made it to BL's eventually - I'd be (literally) lost without my sat nav now!


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:38

Hi Panda - OH's are something else aren't they? - what ever would we do without them - bless their cotton socks 

Big day tomorrow isn't it? Will we need the fire brigade in attendance for the candles on your cake?  Hope so - have a bit of a thing for firemen 

Good luck with the arch (is that the one which was damaged in the storm?)


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:49

I met nutcutlet, Artjak Panda Dove & Snoodle at East Ruston - all lovely. OH was a bit concerned I was going off to meet the white slave traders...

Then he realised they probably wouldn't have me so was ok to go! 

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