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What do you compost?
Wed 9-Feb-11
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irridium
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oh btw, i've read somewhere in recently that teabags aren't biodegradable. there were a couple of brands that have this in the bags inc., Clipper. Intially, i tried to use tea leaves, but found it a bother as we never had a teapot and used a strainer instead, and after the brewing time and faff, the tea went cold! I think all the big brand names were all named as having plastic in their bags.

Wed 9-Feb-11
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irridium said:

eggshells are kept in a big tub and when it's full, i oven-bake them till they're dried-out and then ground-up with my pestle and mortar to be used as a slug barrier for my tender seedlings in Spring.

 

now that i've recently acquired an allotment (hurrah!!!brightsparklystuffbrightsparklystuffbrightsparklystuffbrightsparklystuff) i can transfer the plastic dalek composter contents to the plot and then that'll free up space in my tiny back garden.

 

other things, ppl not mentioned about are human hair and nail clippings. also, my OH used to pee in a bucket in the growing season as a compost acceleratorponderand it had to be first pee in the morning too!ponderponder


How wonderful, great news that you've got an allotment!

Egg shells we keep, never thought to dry them in the oven though...doh

Compost, this year it shall contain my sadly missed dogs beautiful hair, so at least when every-thing's growing I can say well that's my girls helping with that!

We also use the contents from the vacuum cleaner, torn up egg cartons, shredded paper, always have plenty of this lot.  I must confess, I've read that 'wee, wee' is a great accelerator but have yet to convince my OH, I'll get him to read your post, this may spur him on....big_laugh

We have two 'Daleks' Composters, ugly things, hidden behind the bay tree and the clematis, we have one that's  ready soon as weather's a bit warmer & one that we constantly fill, oh, it does smell awful though when the lids off or it's being emptied, but it's 'good stuff', plants love it & no waste.

I'm so jealous of your allotment, there's a huge waiting list here for one!

I wish you all the best, I'm sure that you'll be loving all that extra space to grow your produce.magicwelldone

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Wed 9-Feb-11
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Be advised  - by Bob Flowerdew no less - that lady pee is no good in compost only man pee works.

I'll try that again!

Wed 9-Feb-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Be advised  - by Bob Flowerdew no less - that lady pee is no good in compost only man pee works.


 

Drat, I'll have to stop running down the garden...............................................I'm kidding!!!!! big_laughbig_laughbig_laugh

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Wed 9-Feb-11
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Oo!  Perish the thought!

I'll try that again!

Wed 9-Feb-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Oo!  Perish the thought!


 

GOOD CHOICE of words TA "perished "you would be this time of year big_laughbig_laugh

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Wed 9-Feb-11
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yes, i am a v happy bunny! got my plot only 3 wks ago (having waited 15mths), it's a full sized and is v.
overgrown. half full of Japanese Knotweed (yes, you've read that
right!) but supposedly killed off by Roundup over last 3 yrs, hence why
plot is so overgrown. at the time, when we've ID'd the JK (after 7hrs of
backbreaking digging! and coming home to check on the Environment
Agency's site) we got v. angry for the council to not had informed us of
what was in the plot before... anyway gone past that now, and
hopefully, their word about it not returning will be decided on in the
coming yr.

we're just digging and digging atm. lots of bonfires built. the ground's
been cleared of all the bramble, so now it's just willow saplings all
over it and bramble roots to dig up. oh yes, the other side of the plot
is JK and mixed with what i think is Rosebay Willowherb seedlings. 3 beds
are currently being made. the plot faces North East which isn't a bad
spot as it's sloping downwards, so there's plenty of room to shelter
things at the bottom end. we've dug the first bed but will make it a lot
bigger, atm it's 12m x 4m. there will be paths running thru' all the beds
but we've decided to just dig as much as we can then put in the paths
later. as these are really invasive weeds (willow and bramble and JK) we
wouldn;t be growing much until all or most of it is clear.

got some Comfrey, Bocking 14 put in yesterday. way-hey!! finally,
planted my first plants!!! felt weird as i got so used to digging and
pulling all the time! got these off a friend and put them in a dedicated
8ft x 3ft patch at the top of the plot so that the sun wouldn't block
out any light from the other plants.

Wed 9-Feb-11
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I read the other day about t-bags, they do break down generally, but the problem is that nearly all tea bags have a very fine plastic mesh woven through the bag, this allows manufacturers to heat seal the bags rather than having to stitch them, so Eco companies are trying to find better solutions, but they still  composting and say the plastic will not harm anything.

Thu 10-Feb-11
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Heather E said:

It doesn't matter how much I compost eggshells they still turn up all eggshelly!  Not disintegrated at all, no matter how long I leave them.  How do you guys do it?


 

I find that happens to me too, but I also notice that the worms love to, well, I guess, "bed down" in them, for lack of a better term.

When I shift my compost pile I will find little knots of worms inside the eggshell halves, all tangled together.

Its kind of cute, but its probably for warmth, or propagation or something boring like that.big_laugh

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Fri 11-Feb-11
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Terrier said:

..... however just a note on vaccuum cleaner dust, you are only supposed to use it if you have natural fibre carpets, if they are synthetic, then there are none-degradable fibres which will never compost, so I'm told.

 


 You are right on that Janet, I have noticed that I will find little balls of fibre from the non-natural fibers in the dryer lint.

But its no big deal picking them up out of the soil that I have worked compost into.

Quite honestly, I keep a little bag in the garden for oddities I find in the soil because I will find little pieces of plastic that slipped through my screening of the junk mail before I shred it. ponder

Also the lables that the grocery stores stick directly onto fruit and veg. I forget to remove them before I peel something, and then I have to pick them out of the dirt.

If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!

Fri 11-Feb-11
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Eventually it will all rot down and maybe even quicker in your soil than in the landfill

Waste can clean up polluted soilcheers

Sat 12-Feb-11
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Irridium, congratulations on your allotment, dont forget to start of your home made wine in your shed though!

' So lady pee is no good! to do with our hormones? may be?

Great information about composting, we have been here in Bulgaria over 4 years and composting is so neccessary, as the earth is very clay, so needs lots of good compost dug in.

The thrill of sieving and sacking up our compost ready for the season! forget diamonds! a gardner girls best friend is her compost!

Sat 12-Feb-11
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I wouldn't say ladies pee is no good, maybe just not as good whistle

Sat 12-Feb-11
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Say what you like my dear!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Wed 23-Feb-11
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JoannaS said:

I wouldn't say ladies pee is no good, maybe just not as good whistle


devil  I agree......mine helps heat up my compost a treat. I also use it sprinkled along the bondaries of my chicken run to ward off the foxes.  devil 

 

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