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    (I usually just hit "new posts" and rummage around, so I rarely know what board I'm on...

    I need to work harder at getting enough browns in (mostly newspaper and card for me), keeping it moist enough and turning more often. Mines mostly kitchen waste because the weeds on my plot are still mostly perennial....

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    I have to admit, I never stir my compost. I can't manage it. The only thing I do is when I empty it, the uncomposted stuff goes in the next bin along or gets dumped at the bottom of the now empty bin. I have a dalek and two 250-litre olive barrels, and I still have sturdy stuff (aubergine plants, for example) tucked in behind. Even though I live essentially in a forest, I never collect leaf mould. Strictly forbidden by the forestry agents, and they do come and visit us every now and then.
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    I bought six large stakable polystyrene boxes, the type used for shipping salmon, cut the bottom out of four of them and made a two boxes with them by running a bead of silicon sealant around the rim of one with the bottom in place, and built up with two bottomless frames, I actually lined the inside with thin polycarbonate sheets though not necessary, I filled up the first box with kitchen waste put the lid on it and have now started the second box, I think I will make individual retaining box's for them from pallets, to keep the lids tight they need a bit of weight on them as on their own the wind can lift them off
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    Why is that, Snoop? I mean the forbidden leaves...

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    I compost all kitchen raw veg peelings, teabags, coffee grounds etc (except citrus fruit - bad for worms) and all garden waste except perennial weeds.

    I've got a dalek at the house, I don't ever turn it, I just shovel out of the bottom hatch once a year. Seems to be good stuff. I reckon I get about half a dalek out of it on the back of kitchen waste and lawn mowings.

    One slight wrinkle is that the allotment has marestail, so I don't put any roots/peelings with earth on in the garden compost bucket. I don't know if that's an issue for you.

    I've never had a problem with potato peelings, but I generally don't peel them, just scrub them

    I've now got a heap at the plot too - I've just turned it for the first time, looks OK, but it's too early to tell.

    re browns and greens
    leafy stuff, grass etc is green, as is vegetable peelings etc.
    brown is woody stuff and cardboard.

    It's the Berkely method that specifies proportions, but in general it will all rot down eventually - but brown takes longer, and without brown you don't get as nutritious compost. I generally aim for more green that brown. We have a wisteria that we prune back in February, and I put the prunings through the shredder and keep those to one side to add over the year to the heap (eg after putting in a load of grass clippings).

    Oh, and wine corks take ages to compost down - which means you end up putting them back and back until your compost makes you look like a wino...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Bee View Post
    Why is that, Snoop? I mean the forbidden leaves...
    Well, what's good for the veg patch is good for the trees. They made the leaves, they get to keep them and their goodness is the thinking. Plus, it's surprising how much damage people can do to the local environment when digging for leaf mould. All the moss and undergrowth keeps relative humidity up, reducing the risk and impact of forest fires.

    It's different in towns and cities, where wet leaves all over the road and pavement are a hazard.
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    I have a small family of daleks lurking around the plot, and now I have a bit more space (yippee!!) I am going to build a pallet-style thingummy. But that will be for filling as a horse poo reserve - you can never have too much!

    I stick nearly all my weeds and dead plants/trimmings into the daleks, roughly 50/50 with card/manure/shredded paper/spent hops to give it the browns. Select kitchen waste (no citrus, no animal products) goes in too, including potato peelings. Anything big & woody is burned and I shove a couple of handfuls of the ash into the daleks too. I have a hotbin that gets very steamy when full, but is a bit of a chore to keep full. In summer the compost heats & happens pretty quickly, more so if I stir it with a garden fork - good exercise for bingo wings. It comes out pretty fine - if I could see a potato peeling it would get sent back into the bin for more time to decmpose. I get 330-500L compost/year this way and I mix my own potting compost from it, based on a third each of dalek compost, leafmould and mature horse poo. I don't use coffee grounds anymore, just because I am unsure whether the remaining caffeine would stunt the growing plants.

    My seed compost is often just sieved leafmould.

    Does that help at all or just add more murk to the mysteries of compost-making?
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    ^^^ all good...

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