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Author Topic: How To Make Perfect Compost  (Read 3954 times)
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« on: May 07, 2008, 10:26:31 AM »

In this age of global warming recycling is becoming more and more important. Making compost is easy. You need a bin, a variety of organic waste materials and a little patience.

Try and fill your bin as quickly as possible, ideally around a month or so, as decomposting does not start in earnest until the bin is full. If you fill a bin at the beginning of May it should be ready for you to use by August. You can add woody prunings but it must be well shredded or it will slow down the composting process.

Make sure all your compost materials are well mixed up so that there is no concentration of one thing in one place. Keep the heap moist, and keep it firm treading it as you add more material. Throw a lump of old carpet over the top to prevent drying out a dry heap stops rotting. You can add a compost activator to give it a kick start.

Do not use:
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Fat
  • Thorny prunings
  • Sawdust
  • Glossy magazine paper
  • Plastic-coated cardboard
  • Conifer and other evergreen material
  • Perennial weed roots
  • Flowering weeds
  • Dog or cat faeces

If you have a lot of lawn mowings and nothing else, then add shredded newspaper which will let you produce good garden compost from lawn mowings alone. Stacked on their own lawn mowings turn into brown slime. Make sure the compost is moist but not too wet. If it does become too wet add some dry ingredients. Some gardeners turn their compost heaps to make sure of even decomposition. This speeds up the decomposition process too.

« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2008, 10:43:00 AM »

Mixing some fresh horse manure to grass clippings (JB has some available) helps them rot without going all slimey and smelly.  Compost worms also seem to really appreciate some horsey poo, my heap seems to be ready a fair bit earlier if a bit of horsey product is added into the mix from time to time.
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Posts: 365

« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008, 09:56:04 PM »

Windsor-Maidenhead council has 5,000 compost bins to give away free, on a first come first served basis.

You can apply via If you go to the link where you put your postcode in, it brings up an
order form with 0.00 in the boxes. I got mine within 2 weeks.

Give it a go, it's worth doing to try to recycle more.
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