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    Default Advice needed on home made compost

    I'm a fairly novice gardener, and could do with a bit of help on my compost project.

    I bought two or three composting bags, and have filled them with all our vegetable cuttings plus a few turves from where I reclaimed an area of grassland in order to form our vegetable plot. The turves have been turned upside in the bags - as I wa advised on this very Forum - and I'm just ordering how long (from being filled around the end of March) the bags might take to produce any workable compost. I can understand how the vegetable cuttings would break down by about this time next year, but am worried that there might be some big lumps of turf amongst it, thus spoiling the usability of the end product.

    Could anyone advise me on this one, please?

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    Why did you buy bags?

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    They will take a long time to break down - I'd guess 12-18months - I'd have stacked them elsewhere - not in your heaps.

    Not sure what those composting bags are, but the more you turn and mix up your compost heaps, the faster they'll break down.

    Roughly equal parts of greens to browns, and turning often means I can turn a full dalek into useable compost in about 3 months.. The more greens, or nitrogen rich additions will help to keep the heap going, but there's the cool phase of composting too.

    Urine really does work wonders - if you have a lot of browns

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbsandveg View Post
    have filled them with all our vegetable cuttings plus a few turves
    You haven't added any "browns" then? You're going to end up with a bag of slime.

    You must wrap your kitchen peelings in sheets of newspaper, and also add any torn up cardboard, paper envelopes etc etc.
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    What are composting bags? Those things you can roll about?

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    I presume these are the ones Original Organics

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    crikey, seven squid each!

    I'd just use rubble sacks, from any local supermarket (about a quid for five)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    crikey, seven squid each!

    I'd just use rubble sacks, from any local supermarket (about a quid for five)
    Or a big heap on the ground. Cost zero. Although it probably needs covering to stop the surface growing.
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