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SandyDown
6th February 2007, 15:08
I am not a gardener, always had someone else to take care of the garden for me (heh same as the bathroom cleaning :) )

Anyho anyone got a compost heap? I got one at the bottom of my garden hidden behind a holly bush, been there for over 10 years now, whoever is looking after the garden usually puts further weeds and tree cuttings, also I add to it all my veg & fruit peels and leftovers.

But I don’t understand the principal, what the point, in the last 10 years no one used the compost that theoretically is supposed to be created, is it just an excuse to look environmentally friendly? Perhaps someone can enlighten me on best ways to utilise this huge compost heap?

kramer
6th February 2007, 15:12
send it to an outsourcing company in victoria?

ratewhore
6th February 2007, 15:12
aren't you supposed to stick it on the flowers?

At least you're not dumping it in the rubbish...

:cool2:

Spacecadet
6th February 2007, 15:12
the really well composted stuff (generally at the bottom) can be mixed in with the soil in your garden to improve fertility

Buffoon
6th February 2007, 15:15
That is where the bodies are buried.

SandyDown
6th February 2007, 15:16
the really well composted stuff (generally at the bottom) can be mixed in with the soil in your garden to improve fertility


how long does it take for the rubish to be well composted ? 10 years long enough? well have to ask my man to start digging the rubish to get the good stuff out :eek:

Spacecadet
6th February 2007, 15:18
how long does it take for the rubish to be well composted ? 10 years long enough? well have to ask my man to start digging the rubish to get the good stuff out :eek:

probably less than a year - do some googling

ratewhore
6th February 2007, 15:18
stick yer hand in it and if it's warm it should be good to go...

:cool2:

SandyDown
6th February 2007, 15:21
stick yer hand in it and if it's warm it should be good to go...

:cool2:


that's true, someone said the heap should generate lots of heat !!

btw: a long time ago I worked with a colleague who ordered these plastic containers that should be used for composting, only they were full of worms :eek: :eek: any idea why?? do worms speed up the composting action?

OrangeHopper
6th February 2007, 15:44
Have two compost heaps.

Start filling #1 in year one. In the following spring turn it over into #2.

Start filling compost heap #1 again.

Following spring use compost from heap #1 on flowers beds or vegetable patch. Turn over compost in #1 into #2.

And so on.

Usually find you don't have to wait until year 2 to use the compost. Can be good enough between 12 and 18 months.

Always try to mix in other stuff with grass cuttings.

Churchill
6th February 2007, 15:59
Get a wormery...

much quicker...

lukemg
6th February 2007, 16:48
Used to have one for grass cuttings (nowhere else to stash them). Then received a nice green bin - sorted.

BlasterBates
6th February 2007, 17:04
A compost heap 10 years :)

I reckon you can begin to use it now.

threaded
6th February 2007, 20:14
I have several compost heaps, they're about 30m long, 5m wide at 3m tall. Have plastic sheets with tires on top to stop the sheeting blowing away.

At least that's what I think they are, I don't ask too many deep questions of the farm staff and in return they don't ask too many deep questions of me either.

SandyDown
6th February 2007, 20:38
A compost heap 10 years :)

I reckon you can begin to use it now.


Will I'll ask someone else to start using it - no way am touching the stuff, am sure its full of worms and creepy crawly stuff.

OrangeHopper
6th February 2007, 22:03
Will I'll ask someone else to start using it - no way am touching the stuff, am sure its full of worms and creepy crawly stuff.

Since it is so well established it might well have slow-worms.

xoggoth
7th February 2007, 00:18
I have no idea what they are for but I have been adding things to mine for 24 years now. It is just one of those things we British do and do not question it, if we did the empire would end. Oddly it never seems to get any bigger.

DaveB
7th February 2007, 10:08
I have several compost heaps, they're about 30m long, 5m wide at 3m tall. Have plastic sheets with tires on top to stop the sheeting blowing away.

At least that's what I think they are, I don't ask too many deep questions of the farm staff and in return they don't ask too many deep questions of me either.


It's a silage press. Partially dry forage crops are stacked into a pile and covered with plastic. Because it's still has a relatively high moisture content it starts to ferment. This drives out the oxygen and produces organic compounds that act to presever the forage. The plastic keeps the heat and moisture from the fermentation inside the stack, stops it drying out and helps prevent oxygen getting to it which can allow mould to grow on it. The resulting silage is used as winter feed for cattle and other livestock.


Good silage should smell like a cheese and pickle sandwich.

The Lone Gunman
7th February 2007, 10:14
Good silage should smell like a cheese and pickle sandwich.You bar steward! Here I am stuck in dull grey Belgium and the only thing I can think of right now is a cheese and pickle sandwhich and there is no way of getting one. :tantrum: .

Thick brown grannary bread. Strong lancashire crumbly cheese and my grans recipe chutney. Bugger Bugger Bugger.

DaveB
7th February 2007, 10:21
You bar steward! Here I am stuck in dull grey Belgium and the only thing I can think of right now is a cheese and pickle sandwhich and there is no way of getting one. :tantrum: .

Thick brown grannary bread. Strong lancashire crumbly cheese and my grans recipe chutney. Bugger Bugger Bugger.


Theres a really good cheese shop on Judd St, in Bloomesbury. They sell some great pickles and condiments as well. You could hop on the Eurostar and be there and back in a day :D

The Lone Gunman
7th February 2007, 10:24
Theres a really good cheese shop on Judd St, in Bloomesbury. They sell some great pickles and condiments as well. You could hop on the Eurostar and be there and back in a day :DHaving one delivered from T'T'Arrods.

OrangeHopper
7th February 2007, 10:42
Best picklelilly I ever tasted came from Harrods.

Goes well with slow-worms.

Might look to see who made it because I still think I have the jar in the garage somewhere.