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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:52 pm    Post subject: Before I finish my wooden pallet masterpiece... Reply with quote

Ok, now that I've almost fully constructed a frame of wooden pallets and wire mesh to use as a home for my sods and grass clippings, etc., I'd be grateful if someone can advise me on a few things before I start filling it up....

- I have a spare bag of wood chips that I assume I can use to mix with the cut grass to stop the grass stinking and turning to sludge. MUST I arrange these in alternate layers or is it the same thing to mix them all in together as I place them in the heap?

- Would it be ok to place the frame on top of an area of grass (see photo) or should I dig and turn over the soil first?

- As I've a thing about rats and mice (especially the former), I've spent a bit of time carefully attaching the mesh. Any other suggestions for further measures I can take besides not putting in meat products (which I won't!)? Does the mint trick work for mice as well as rats?

Thanks in advance!



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Cover your bin with carpet to keep it warm and to help speed up the composting process."

How to build a compost heap.
http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/compost-bin/

you can cut the chance of rat or mice by being carefull what you put in the compost. avoid Food scraps, Meat or bones

"These can go in:
Shredded paper (although not shiny magazine type paper) cotton and wool fabrics
Woody material like prunings and Brussels sprout stems. These need to be put through a shredder first
Uncooked vegetable trimmings, peelings and tea bags from the kitchen
Annual weeds
Tops of perennial weeds
Old bedding plants
Soft hedge clippings
Dead leaves
Lawn mowings

These can't:
Synthetic fabrics
Food scraps
Meat or bones
Diseased plant material
Soil pests
Any weeds with seedheads
Perennial roots
Dog or cat waste"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/htbg/module7/making_your_own_compost1.shtml

Helpful Hints ­ Compost Heaps & Bins
http://www.ipcc.ie/compwildheap.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a compost bin that I am very careful about and it attracted rats. It is the potato peelings that do it I think. When I open it or take some compost out usually begins the problem. I have resorted to putting poison pellets in a pipe that I leave near the bin. I am not totally happy about this but like you I don't like furry visitors and I cant use a trap as I have a cat.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do I keep rats out of compost pile?
http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about841.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments Belfast & Breezyacre...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: Before I finish my wooden pallet masterpiece... Reply with quote

greengiant wrote:
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- I have a spare bag of wood chips that I assume I can use to mix with the cut grass to stop the grass stinking and turning to sludge. MUST I arrange these in alternate layers or is it the same thing to mix them all in together as I place them in the heap?


Layers is best. You will be turning it in time anyway.

greengiant wrote:
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- Would it be ok to place the frame on top of an area of grass (see photo) or should I dig and turn over the soil first?


Leave it on the grass as is. No point in creating work not needed.

greengiant wrote:
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- As I've a thing about rats and mice (especially the former), I've spent a bit of time carefully attaching the mesh. Any other suggestions for further measures I can take besides not putting in meat products (which I won't!)? Does the mint trick work for mice as well as rats?


To be quite honest I would be more concerned about the size of the mesh. Sorry to say but the chicken wire you have on your box is too large to prevent mice entering. There is plasterers mesh mentioned and shown in on the post mentioned here by Belfast Rats mesh , much better at keeping the buggers out.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much Verge. I searched high and low for the smallest mesh I could find and 13mm was the smallest; if not mice then here's hoping it'll help keep out any rats that happen to pay a visit!
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