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    Quote Originally Posted by Aberdeenplotter View Post
    My bracketed comment apart, seaweed usually breaks away from its parent plant and floats ashore so I can't see that it could be other than green unless it had completely dried out, Dried out it would be as any other dessicated leaves and then be brown.

    Confused yet??
    That's not how "green" and "brown" works.
    It's not about how wet or dry it is, naturally, it's not about actual colour, either.
    It's about ratio of nitrogen to carbon. High nitrogen, low carbon is "green"; high carbon, low nitrogen is "brown".
    So seaweed will always be "green", whether it's desiccated or fresh.

    The reason autumn leaves are "brown", despite fresh green leaves being "green" is not because they are dry, but because the plant takes back most of the nitrogen and other usable nutrients back into itself in the autumn.
    So if you were to remove a lot of leaves from a tree in mid-summer, then leave them to go dry and crispy, they would still be "green" (even though they've gone dry and brown) because they still contain all their original nitrogen.
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    I would divide your compost into 3. Mix green, brown and your current compost up and divide by 3 bins.

    Keep adding equally to all three. Mix mix mix. Plenty of shredded paper, cardboard and greens.

    Soon all 3 will be ful. ��

    Kind Regards.............Rob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamite View Post
    I would divide your compost into 3. Mix green, brown and your current compost up and divide by 3 bins.

    Keep adding equally to all three. Mix mix mix. Plenty of shredded paper, cardboard and greens.

    Soon all 3 will be ful. ��

    Kind Regards.............Rob
    I'd say it's better to have them at different stages, rather than filling all three at once. So fill one, then once it's full leave it and don't add any more (just turn occasionally), and start filling the next one, and then once that's full, the third one, by which time the first will be ready, and you can empty it out and start again.
    Adding constantly to all three leaves you with a load of half-done stuff mixed in with finished compost, and it's just a pain to try and separate them out. It also rots quicker if you can mostly fill it all at once and then leave it, rather than adding a little at a time.
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    Thank you for all the advice

    I think I'll just try and fill the two extra bins up, with a mixture of leaves and seaweed. At least they'll be 'on their way' so to speak. Maybe next spring I will get more greens and can just put on top. I guess by then the heaps will have reduced a bit in size
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    I'd make use of all three if I had them, and when they start sinking, combine the ones that have the same stuff in them, and then start fresh in the empty one. I hope that makes sense - I'm full of cold and I have diagnosed brain fog lol
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    If I collected a lot of leaves I would keep them separate from any other materials once they rot down they are ideal for seed sowing, any other material starts to enrich the composted leaves, a mix of different leaves help tree leaves compost quicker, as for mixing them with seaweed I would recommend that you use plenty of cardboard/paper in the mix
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