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Vinny Offline
Geordie living 'ower the watter'
#21
I have a Dalek composter and when its full I just chuck any organic matter I have along the sides of the runner beans to keep their roots moist.
On my other plot I just used to chuck organic matter, including weeds onto a heap in the corner. In the winter I dug out perfectly composted material and spread it on top of cardboard on the beds. Rolleyes

I sometimes think this composting lark has become a religion, rather than a way to add organic waste to the soil. Tongue

Just saying.
"The problem with retirement is that you never get a day off"- Abe Lemons
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Eyren Offline
Hardy perennial
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FWIW, my Green Johanna seems to have been doing OK so far, despite me being a composting newbie. I got it 1/3 off, so it wasn't too expensive, and by the end of the summer the contents were smelling nice and compost-y, even though I've been putting lots of kitchen waste in it.

I agree with earlier posters that hotbins do seem to get quite damp. I've combatted that with plenty of torn-up brown paper (the sort used as packing material by the more eco-conscious mail order companies), plus dead leaves, mushroom punnets, odds and ends of used compost, etc to improve the green-to-brown ratio.

Now that the weather's cooling down I think I'm going to leave it for the winter and put my kitchen waste into the green wheelie bin for municipal composting. I have an insulating jacket that I can put on the Green Johanna when the temperatures drop further, and maybe it'll be ready for use again next spring!
How much veg and wildlife can I pack into a 6m x 8m garden in suburban Cambridge? Let us find out!  Smile
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