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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:22 am    Post subject: Free Carbons Reply with quote

I have been hither and thither for a few days collecting material for the next hot compost heap, the greens are always easy to find but the (free) browns can be a problem . So here is a secret ingredient for this time of year.
Washed up river reeds.
If you live near a lake, take a walk , you will find areas where this stuff gathers in quantity.
I make heaps during winter 60% spent reeds 20% fresh horse manure 20% raw seaweed . This stuff is ready in about six weeks, up to now I have used it on perennial / shrub beds but this year I am going to try it on veg.



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one, good tip.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm amazed that reeds would decompose in 6 weeks. If they have, then good on you. Do you add anything to the mix as an accelerant?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:
I'm amazed that reeds would decompose in 6 weeks. If they have, then good on you. Do you add anything to the mix as an accelerant?


I use a hot composting method no accelerator needed.
If the heap is big enough 4f X 4 x 4 it will heat up in three days , from day 4 to day 15 you could nearly cook your dinner on it .
My heaps take about four weeks composting then two weeks cooling - from there you can use it.
If you google hot composting you will find sites which claim to produce lovely fine compost in 18 days and yes if you get your Carbon / Nitrogen ratios 100% right and chop the material in to tiny bits this is possible.
After six weeks mine is still rough looking but is cooked and usable .
I expect to put the next one together tues / weds I might make a video .
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very impressive, 6 weeks! I know stuff decomposes quicker when it's chopped up. Dave bought me a shredder for Christmas 2015 - I've yet to use it. Rolling Eyes I must make it a priority - it's obviously worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goid post. I see people using shredders to put a mulch over their plants too
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue Deacon wrote:
Dave bought me a shredder for Christmas 2015 - I've yet to use it. Rolling Eyes .

I'm on the look out for a cheap 2nd hand, how you fixed Laughing .
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, sorry! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My electric shredder jammed (again!)on some too-tough stuff a few years ago and I've not bothered to clear it. These days I run over stuff with the lawnmower which does a pretty good job of reducing bulk and enabling faster decomposition.
Now the shredder is just taking up room in the shed - I suppose I could clear it and flog it/ give it away?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Electric shredder? Does it run on paddy power or orange juice?

Take it apart and unclog it, no point in having it otherwise.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or sell it to Mick?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a long hike from Donegal to Ennis?
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climate change is over. Rolling Eyes forget about the carbons.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/11/trump-climate-timeline
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I don't know who scares me more, Trump or that looney in North Korea?

As for Climate Change, 'global warming' is one thing, but the world's climate has ALWAYS changed - it's what it does - change. If it didn't we wouldn't be here to argue about it. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
That's a long hike from Donegal to Ennis?

Its a long, long way from there to to Clare .

We have come a long way from hot composting reeds.
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