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JohnGalway
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:51 pm    Post subject: Compost Reply with quote

It struck me, as I moved earth from one part of the veg plot to another, I don't have enough soil. I've used up all I'd already dug for earthing up early and maincrop spuds. Now, this won't be a problem for long as I'll have my earlies out, then I can use that to further earth up the mains, so that'll take the pressure off.

I got to thinking about compost.

I can get grass clippings fairly easily from other people, don't got any of my own. I can also get newspaper as it only takes up room in peoples recycling bins. I'll also get teabags, kitchen scraps - no meat, no oils, no dairy. Oh, and seaweed.

So to the inevitable questions on any of my threads Very Happy

Suggestions for other material?

How would a cheapie garden shredder off Ebay, around €100, handle shredding newspaper/cardboard? I can sense that would be a mind numbingly boring job done manually and I'm concerned I may lose the will to live if I attempt it.

Any other tips or suggestions...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you should apply to the local council for a waste collection licence Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doors that cost me money or make me money Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be careful what you shred....my Better Half added shredded paper to the compost bin, including ( silly man ) some shredded envelopes ...the sort that have see-through windows. That was a few years ago....and I'm still finding these spaghetti-like strands of plastic in the soil. He also composted Amazon cardboard cartons...but at least the labels ( obviously not paper ) and sellotape are easier to extract from the compost eventually.
Yes, he learnt the hard way folks.....enough said.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only use tiny amounts of newspaper. I find that it tends to absorb the moisture and driest out the waste, preventing it from composting. Despite adding water and urine!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you know anyone who owns a horse? they may be happy to have someone take the manure away. though you'll need somewhere to let it compost if it's not already composted.
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