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    Alice Johnson is offline Super Moderator
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    Default What are your top tips for composting?

    Hello everyone. As usual we like to include your comments and thoughts in the magazine. So we would love to know what your top tips are for producing good quality compost?

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    would love some proper advice on this, got one of those "know it all" family members, who told me just chuck all your fruit and veg wasted in a pastic bucket put some compost on top and leave it for a year. I know have that plastic bucket out the back full of compost and fruit which hasn't even changed.
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    I keep a live culture going (i.e. live bacteria) from one compost heap to the next. Also move a few red worms about if needed.

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    I'm not one for the turning over the compost - too much hard work. I use a number of Daleks and clip together bins which can be moved from bed to bed or around the plot. The ingredients are allowed to mature and break down in their own time.

    I just fill them with garden waste, bokashi and cardboard then leave it to do it's stuff - occasionally watering it, poking it with a metal spike to let air in & water to soak in or using a compost aerator to mix it up a bit.

    And nutrients leaching from the bin are absorbed by the plants in the bed and at the end of the year the stuff has mostly broken down and can be spread on the beds and the bin moved on.

    Things like sprout and kale stalks or tree prunings need to be broken up and bashed with something heavy to break open the fibres so that they break down earlier - they may still need to be sieved out and thrown in the next bin.

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    Good mix of brown and green waste. Occasional water if it's getting dry. I've run a couple of drain pipes through the middle of mine with a lot of holes drilled through - trying to ensure oxygen is getting to the middle of the heap. Bigger the better as that encourages higher temps and leads to quicker breakdown. Chuck in some soil or used compost to introduce bacteria and worms...

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    My 3 chickens do the work!
    I throw grass cuttings and vegetable waste in their run, with shredded junk mail and their bedding and let them rootle around in it. Add a handful of corn and they'll do all the turning and aerating it needs. After a few weeks its cleared out into a pallet compost bin to sit until needed and the chickens are set to work on some new material.
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