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Composts, Composting & Making Compost

Compost BinsThese articles are all about composts, composting and making compost. For a start there is a lot of confusion about what compost actually is and how to use it for best results. Even the dictionary has two definitions for the noun ‘compost’:

Decayed organic material used as a fertilizer for growing plants

A mixture of compost or similar material with loam soil used as a growing medium.

Home-made compost is mainly best used as a soil improving fertiliser although you can make your own growing mediums for seeds and potting instead of buying bags of commercial compost from the garden centre.

Hopefully these articles will explain exactly what various composts are and explain the different methods of composting and how to make composts, seed composts & potting composts etc.

Ants in the Compost Heap

Ants in the Compost Heap

I was asked this question; My compost heap is overrun by ants – can I use the compost to earth up potatoes and for other uses? The simple answer is yes, compost infested with ants is fine for earthing up potatoes and other outdoor uses. Ants N...
How to Build Compost Bins from Pallets

How to Build Compost Bins from Pallets

Building compost bins from pallets has to be the quickest and easiest way to produce a pair of serviceable compost bins. You will need 7 pallets of roughly the same size, some scrap wood, wire, nails and cardboard. Pallets come in different...
How to Make Compost

How to Make Compost

There are whole books on how to make compost but it's essentially simple and easy. The basic method I use for garden waste is a refinement on the method promoted in the Dig for Victory campaign of WW2. The benefit of this method of making compost...
Rats in the Compost Heap & Weil's Disease Safety Concerns

Rats in the Compost Heap & Weil's Disease Safety Concerns

There's a rat in the compost, what am I gonna do! (apologies to UB40) I was asked if it was safe to use compost on vegetables from a heap where there had been rats. I've heard it said that you're never more than 10 feet from a rat in the...
Hotbin Hot Compost Bin - Composting System Review

Hotbin Hot Compost Bin - Composting System Review

Having had a hotbin composter for a while now, I'm convinced it is something that every house should have - efficiently converting most kitchen waste as well as green garden waste into excellent compost. It takes no more room than a fridge and doesn't...

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