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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Don't worry about it.
    Your crops are no more likely to be "contaminated" by compost than they are by wild animals/birds/insects running, defecating and burrowing through your vegetables.
    Wash your veg before you eat them as you should with all edibles, homegrown or shop-bought. You don't know how clean the hands of the pickers and packers were or what went on the veg whilst growing.
    Good point, thanks

    I guess that also answers my concern for watering soil with untreated/unfiltered rain water from a water butt
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyK View Post
    The application of pre-drunk tea, coffee and beer acts as an accelerator.

    Don't add stuff in penny parcels. A plastic lid won't keep the heat in. Old carpet helps.
    Iíve had to take the lid off recently anyway thanks to fruit flies- using carpets is a nice trick, il definitely try that when I have some spare, thanks
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    Wood shavings are very high in carbon and can also absorb a lot of moisture. You'd need 2 parts grass clippings to 1 part wood shavings for the ideal carbon:nitrogen ratio for hot composting. Urine would help heat the pile up, if you're comfortable with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanytommytoes View Post
    Wood shavings are very high in carbon and can also absorb a lot of moisture. You'd need 2 parts grass clippings to 1 part wood shavings for the ideal carbon:nitrogen ratio for hot composting. Urine would help heat the pile up, if you're comfortable with that.
    yea I have read before that wood shavings have a c:n ratio of 500/1, as I use it in the form of soiled rabbit bedding the urine should counteract it a bit. I think it probably is still too high in carbon.

    I have the idea of getting a piece of scrap metal from work and forming it into a giant corkscrew to help turn the material, but at the moment I'm too lazy to take on any DIY tasks. once I have that sorted and this pile is composted, I will start from scratch with a better idea of its content. I might try to discard any dry shavings and only use urine soaked shavings.
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    Hi JWood, welcome to the grapevine, I cold compost because I never have sufficient to fill my composters so I just keep topping up, musttake on board the advise about urine and turning the contents.
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    Hi can the man, thanks, loving the forum, I didn't realise how active it is. Only wish I'd joined sooner, I could have avoided a lot of newbie mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwood0123 View Post
    Hi can the man, thanks, loving the forum, I didn't realise how active it is. Only wish I'd joined sooner, I could have avoided a lot of newbie mistakes.
    JWood it’s only by our stakes that we learn and can pass on the experience to others ��
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