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    Thought a little thread about compost, compost heaps and related questions and answers might be good.

    My question is - how best to compost potato peelings? I reckon I need to dry them out or drown them before composting them?

    There are more obvious questions? What is the best mix for a compost heap - how big should a heap be - what is green what is brown?

    This is the genesis of a thread I feel.
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    I'm hopeless at making 'proper' compost. I just bung in what I have when I have it. Sometimes it's masses of brown and then a great load of onion tops (like today), for example. I'm about to take my scythe to a load of grass and other weeds still at the pre-seed stage. So that'll be green, I presume, but I have no brown to add to it.

    What do people do? Do you save browns or greens till you have the right proportion of the other type?

    Edited to add: OH! Maybe I should have watched the video first.
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    ^^^ nope Snoop - I'm deadly serious
    My local council is changing its recycling rules so I need to work out how to compost stuff that I haven't really bothered with before... the Tiswas link was a(n) (humourous) aside.
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    A lot depends on your circumstances (as well as how compost generally works best) If you get a lot of kitchen waste for example and unless you are operating on a municipal scale, rats can always be a problem. What I've done is to get a couple of plastic barrels put a metal rod horizontally through the middles and supported them on stands - this obviously gets the whole lot off the ground, it acts more like a wormery than a true composting system.

    On the other hand if you're talking mostly about garden waste, grass mowing, hedge trimmings etc a true compost heap will be good - probably the most popular approach is to knock something wooden together out of materials like old pallets and build a couple of open fronted boxes so that one can be filled well the other is maturing.

    Autumn leaves are best kept separate, as they decompose differently and will end up as leafmould if left to their own devices in a big bag or whatever.
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    Hope you don't mind, Baldy, I've moved your thread into the 'Digging Around' section. Carry on!
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    Digging around... digging around? What is this you speak of?

    Ahh.

    Not been here before - seems appropriate...
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    I bung potato peelings in with everything else. Just about the only thing I won't put in my compost bin is perennial weed roots like couch, dock and dandelion. They all go into their own bin where they'll break down eventually.

    For browns I use shredded paper which I add to my kitchen compost caddy as I go. I also collect shredded cardboard boxes from a local charity once a month - they have to pay to have them taken away! Lots of shredded cardboard makes for great compost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Digging around... digging around? What is this you speak of?

    Ahh.

    Not been here before - seems appropriate...
    Whaaaaat? This is my favourite part of the forum! Lots of interesting threads here!
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