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holly55

Posted by on July 5th 2010

Have just checked my compost bins after meeting treebeard Saturday.  The black bins definately work better especially if sited in the sun.  There is a whole bin full of perfect compost produced in about 3 months but I did use the activator ‘Garota’.  Turning after tipping the compost out also speeds up the process.  Should I use this neat on the garden and for potting or mix with sand/vermiculite for best results?

6 Responses to holly55

  1. Treebeard

    Welcome Holly! You don’t say what compost bins you are using. Are they conventional ones, wormeries or Bokashi bins? Two or three of the ladies I met at Coleshill Peace Fair were using the Bokashi system; but I would expect them to be sited inside the house.

    Everything works well in the heat of the summer. Around this time of year I look for comfrey to cut and add to the grass heap or to use as mulch around plants that need feeding. Years ago I planted English comfrey, which seeds itself everywhere, whereas Lawrence Hills recommends Russian comfrey, which I also have some of.

    Note that I added the ‘Composting’ tag to your post. This makes it much easier to locate posts on the same subject.

  2. Treebeard

    Sorry I didn’t answer your question. The Garden Organic instructions on how to use compost do not mention vermiculite – see:-
    http://www.divshare.com/download/11903568-3a3

    If it is something you would normally add to the soil, then it can be added to the compost, I think.

  3. holly55

    I also try and put the worms from one finished bin into the bin that is being filled. Comfrey sounds like a good idea. My ground is so dry anything that seeds itself is welcome. These are just the usual tardis shaped bins which contain about 0.2m3 and they are on a bit of hard standing. If there was a ‘greenhouse built around them would the heat be enough to keep it frost free in the winter for growing greenstuff all year.

  4. Treebeard

    What you have are wormeries, right? So they need to be protected from frost. The wormery I had included a plastic jacket to be fitted around the case in the winter, and worked very well.

    If you don’t have a jacket I don’t know if a greenhouse structure would be enough to keep the worms alive. Some greenhouses can be very cold in winter. Perhaps you could try bringing one or two bins indoors, say in the kitchen?

    Can we know how successful having three wormeries is?

  5. holly55

    No they are just standard compost bins, nothing fancy, but they just have some worms in as I used to have one on the ground and the worms must have got in round the edges. Perhaps they like the warmth in the winter and the moister material as my soil can be parched in the summer. Having 3 works well. One ‘on the go’ one cooking and one resting/maturing. A bit like the clean underpants principle. One pair on, one pair in the wash and one pair clean

  6. Treebeard

    > One pair on, one pair in the wash and one pair clean

    Yup, that’s how it works here in India where I shall be for the next six weeks. The one pair on the line may take days to get really dry, though! – it’s still monsoon season.

    Your composting sounds healthy. Even better if the worms are the red brandling sort, which digest organic waste and are found in wormeries.

    I am hoping to publish some news from the Ecology Centre based here. Watch this space…