updated April 2014

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In 'Dig This' I look at a specific item of interest in detail. This month it is about composting.


DIG THIS Archive
Spring is in the Air- when to start sowing Feb 2006
Potatoes: To chit or not to chit? Feb 2014
Timing is Everything- be guided by the weather Mar 2009
A Tidy Plot- is it important? Apr 2007
It Never Rains - when to water crops Jul 2007
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)Aug 2009
Organic Gardening in the Greehouse Aug 2010
Raised Beds- what are the benefits? Sept 2006
Manure:Upto my neck as usual Sept 2009
'Organic' Slug Pellets- are they organic? Oct 2009

Composting

~ Composting1~ April

I have two compost containers. The one on the right is for collecting fresh uncooked kitchen waste. This is turned at least twice a year. Any that is rotted down to appear like soil is tranferred to the one on the left. It is ready to use. I used to have an open wooden structure but it was inappropriate for kitchen waste and anyway it rotted away.


~ Composting2~ April

We collect uncooked kitchen waste in a container kept under the sink and I take it to the allotment when it is full.







~ Composting3~ April

I tip it into a compost bin which is located on concrete flagstones to deter vermin from getting inside.







~ Composting4~ April

I also collect any organic matter from the plot. I try to separate perennial and annual weeds. Annuals are piled up with any debris from crops, while perennials like dandelions and couch grass are put into plastic bags to rot down separately. I put a small tarpaulin on the top to keep off the rain. Recently i have been given another bin which i will also use for collecting organic matter from the plot. When weeding/ digging over in Autumn or Spring I pile the weeds etc accumulated at the end of the beds until I have turned the pile. While turning the pile, any compost ready for use is added to the left hand bin. One turned I add all the stuff from the ends of the beds.




octoberI made a little video the other day which explains my approach to composting. It may be accessed here:

Composting



updated April 2014 this month: what to do updated every month next month: what to do updated every month Vegetable Guide practical details on how to begin Companion Planting Crop Rotation herbs
weeds: common annuals& perennials slugs and snails a fresh, detailed, topical item of interest updated every month photo review of the year recipes from our chefs Basil and Doyle fellow plotdiggers share their pictures with us content and photos updated every month


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Chris Smallbone April 2014

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