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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Mange Tout, but there are dangers to trying to be too exact when manipulating Nature, for that's what horticulture does? 'Good' is one of the most abused words in the English language, and the value of horse manure from stables COULD reflect the quality of food the animals are fed in the first place, and have little to do with the type of bedding it's mixed with.

Enthusiasm CAN overtake practicality in leisure activity. Some like to turn their compost. I don't, but it's a brave person who tries to prove either is right?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For sure. We are what what we eat eats! My only experience of it is in terms of consistency - the horse manure I got was super fine. Person who gave it to me could not assure me that the wood chippings were organic though Sad . Still great to get it, put it down before covering the beds over the winter and it was just like I read when I pulled it up - like the worms had done the digging for me. Interested to see how stuff gets on in it this year.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one of those bins. When its full I lift it. Fork it. Cover with an old carpet and start a new heap in another place. Every year I get a pile of compost that way. I compost toilet rolls, my bills, cardboard, egg shells, coffee grounds, coffee filters as well as my stalks and veg peelings. I cover with cardboard occasionally if there seems to be a lot of veg in it and dare I say it a bit of the old pee wee every now and then helps to break it down. It looks black and flies start appearing if too much nitrogen ie greens go in
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
Some like to turn their compost. I don't, but it's a brave person who tries to prove either is right?

You'r right Blowin , I'd say there's as many methods of making compost as there are composters, so long as it ends up in the garden rather then a tip head all will be right with the world.

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a little post script to my original question - I put a little of this material out and dug a bit into the soil aye planted some chard seeds that I had saved.

The have burst out of their seeds and seem to be doing very well. Can't get over how many germinated and how well they're doing. They also seemed to taste quite strong, almost salty. Will definitely plant a bit more stuff in the slop. All is not apparently lost when you don't have shop quality compost at the end.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also have abandoned those poxy and expensive biodegradable bags in favour of the otherwise going to waste and therefore free paper bags and newspaper. Apart from the very occasional bag that bursts at bottom its all been going good.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mange tout wrote:
Also have abandoned those poxy and expensive biodegradable bags in favour of the otherwise going to waste and therefore free paper bags and newspaper. Apart from the very occasional bag that bursts at bottom its all been going good.
Ah, good man yerself! I use a red plastic bowl from last year's Christmas pud, washable, reusable.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mange tout wrote:
those poxy and expensive biodegradable bags


Never again......we gave them a try once ...6 months to biodegrade my arse.....they are still in the compost bin.....paper bags all the way. We have a small caddy which we line with a small paper bag....we get several a long with weekly shop
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