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    Hi all, my dalek compost bin just seems to go down so quick and doesn't really provide me with much compost. It seems to go from being 75% to the top to 5% in no time at all. I put kitchen scraps, garden waste, paper shreds, grass clippings in, mixed a bit and evenly and in moderation. It sits direct onto soil.

    How can I increase my yield? I need lots of compost fast and Hull city council won't even sell any let alone get it free. So much for encouraging re-using and recycling.

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    The fact is going down so quickly mean you either have the mix right or its just grass

    I have different bins on different plots and they all work at different rates, If you fill with grass it does go down quickly, get the mix right and layer it green and brown add paper and cardboard. I shred paper and cut cardboard into small inch squares. Ask you family and friends for their grass, I get additional grass from my sister, sister in law and my daughter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    The fact is going down so quickly mean you either have the mix right or its just grass

    I have different bins on different plots and they all work at different rates, If you fill with grass it does go down quickly, get the mix right and layer it green and brown add paper and cardboard. I shred paper and cut cardboard into small inch squares. Ask you family and friends for their grass, I get additional grass from my sister, sister in law and my daughter.
    Thanks Cadders. It's definitely not too much grass, it's all well balanced and evenly mixed. It's just frustrating that I do it to get some garden compost and it just disappears. It's getting to the point where I'm wondering why bother.

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    This is why you bother

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    Lush Rich compost that ends up better than anything you can buy commercially, You are doing the right thing just find sources for more raw ingredients, I pick up spent hops from a local brewery and as I say will take grass from any family member.

    Yes that is my compost and I did that because it made me happy looking at it and running it through my fingers.
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    I've not done it Rob but there's a guy on youtube who piled all the ingredients up in one go (including a small amount of stable muck) then turned it every couple of days. He said the fast action composting reduced the amount it shrunk.
    Don't lose heart, I have three pallet bays, a dalek and a 6' x 12' x 2.5' bay and still can't make enough.
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    Wow, that looks like a bit of the good stuff Cads. I can never leave mine that long so it's always kind of toothy.
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    I have two Dalek Armies one on each plot, I have seven on one plot and six on the other, that Dalek was topped up from another so that I could make space to start off another new batch as all were full to the brim. I've been getting great results since I make sure I layer and cut up everything and add coffee grounds and layers of comfrey then the odd bucket of diluted liquid gold.

    Spencer Road Plot Composting - Dalek not producing-dalek-army.jpg

    Mill Green Plot Composting - Dalek not producing-daleks-mill-green.jpg

    Plus this one

    Composting - Dalek not producing-2017-04-17-compost-bin.jpg

    Which seems to work better and faster because I keep filling up and it rots down to just above the door each time. I think it has something to do with it having a much greater volume than the standard Dalek

    I have used that smiley face compost this year in my SoilFixer Potato in Bucket experiment.

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    The variations in colour are due to different mixes with coir and SF90
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    Composting is a long game and in order to produce a lot, you need more than one composter and you need to go out of your way to find materials. Obviously your dalek is doing a great job, you just need to feed it more... fill it to the top, start another one, keep turning and topping both up over the season, and you'll have some nice compost next year. If you need a lot of compost now, you'll have to buy it - what's it for?
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