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    Default Extra Compost Bin ... Just leaves or 50-50 Mixture

    I have been given two extra plastic darlek type compost bins for my allotment, so I now have three.

    the original one is already filled, with a 50:50 mixture of greens & browns*

    * This is made up of .. old brassica leaves (no stalks), runner bean plants, with some pods too, sweet corn plants then a bag of shredded paper and a few bags old dried leaves, from the roadside.

    Although full for the moment, I'll probably just leave this until at least the spring to see how it goes.

    Now I have the two additional bins which I am keen to use. Not having much green material left, is it worth just filling them with dried leaves ?

    I can get hold of seaweed too if that would help. Is that a green or a brown ?

    Any ideas please ?
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    Just leaves will give you leaf mould or you could put all the leaves in one and add it to ‘greens’ a little at a time. Or fill both with leaves which will rot down and when you need the second bin put the contents of the two in one bin. Hope that makes sense.
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    leaves by themselves would be my advice, as long as you can get enough of them - they breakdown using mainly different processes to those which work with green waste etc.
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    Seaweed is like gold Mix it with your leaves and anything else you have

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillieBee View Post
    I can get hold of seaweed too if that would help. Is that a green or a brown ?

    Any ideas please ?
    I live near the sea. I'd like to know that too. I assume it's green, but... does anyone know for sure?
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    Yep, green. Just goggled it but thought it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    I live near the sea. I'd like to know that too. I assume it's green, but... does anyone know for sure?
    https://www.gardeningdata.co.uk/soil...ens-browns.php That site says green (not that that necessarily means it is correct).

    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??
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    Seaweed is definitely green: it has plenty of nitrogen and very little carbon.

    I'd recommend mixing the seaweed and leaves, personally. The leaves will take quite a while to rot down on their own (1-2 full years), and unless you want it for a homemade potting mix, there's not really anything to prefer leaf mould over the same quantity of compost.
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