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Compost, Fertilisers & Recycling

All Discussions Regarding Compost (ing), Fertilisers, soil conditioning, Recycling & Rain Water Harvesting can be found here.

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  2. ARMANDII
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    BEST SUPPLIER OF COMPOST - 2017

    We use Wickes quite successfully but we mix it with Vermiculite for water retention.
    We use Wickes quite successfully but we mix it with Vermiculite for water retention.
    We use Wickes quite successfully but we mix it with Vermiculite for water retention.
    We use Wickes quite successfully but we mix it with Vermiculite for water retention.
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  3. Steve R
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    Like x 5

    Compost mixes

    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's...
    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's hard work but we collect as many as we can and store them for 2 years before use. Sometimes as the...
    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's hard work but we collect as many as we can and store...
    :goodpost: Great to see someone expounding the virtues of leaf mould in such an informative and useful way. Being fortunate to have massive trees we are up to our eyeballs every Autumn with leaves. It's...
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  4. shiney
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    Instructions On Composting.. 2015

    Too much wet stuff.
    Too much wet stuff.
    Too much wet stuff.
    Too much wet stuff.
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  5. al n
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    liquid based feed, what is best?

    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's...
    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's done- but man it stinks
    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's done- but man it stinks
    I make homemade seaweed tea with bladderwrack collect a bin bag from my local beach give it a good wash then I spread over my lawn and go over it the my mower into a water butt month later it's...
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  6. Marley Farley
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    About John Innes Loam based Composts.. 2014 to 2015

    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
    Its pretty good stuff, if you like to grow things in mud.:biggrin:I find it very difficult to find any real good stuff. So usually end up mixing it with multipurpose to get a reasonable texture.
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  7. Marley Farley
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    R.H.S. .. Know your Compost..... 2015

    :SUNsmile: This a very good article which I am sure a lot of people will find interesting... :ideaIPB:Know Your Compost
    :SUNsmile: This a very good article which I am sure a lot of people will find interesting... :ideaIPB:Know Your Compost
    :SUNsmile: This a very good article which I am sure a lot of people will find interesting... :ideaIPB:Know Your Compost
    :SUNsmile: This a very good article which I am sure a lot of people will find interesting... :ideaIPB:Know Your Compost
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  9. Scrungee

    Things that get into the compost

    Looks like a Cyclamen to me @Zigs :)
    Looks like a Cyclamen to me @Zigs :)
    Looks like a Cyclamen to me @Zigs :)
    Looks like a Cyclamen to me @Zigs :)
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  10. Fat Controller

    Composting info please

    I guess that far corner of the garden could become a compost heap. At the moment it serves no purpose other than a place to dump things. We wouldn't need the council waste bin. They don't...
    I guess that far corner of the garden could become a compost heap. At the moment it serves no purpose other than a place to dump things. We wouldn't need the council waste bin. They don't collect it half the time anyway. All our personal papers get shredded or burned. Our food waste goes in...
    I guess that far corner of the garden could become a compost heap. At the moment it serves no purpose other than a place to dump things. We wouldn't need the council waste bin. They don't collect it half the time anyway. All our personal...
    I guess that far corner of the garden could become a compost heap. At the moment it serves no purpose other than a place to dump things. We wouldn't need the council waste bin. They don't...
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  11. kyleleonard

    My Leaf Mould

    Mine's only in a tiny food waste bin, have to keep reminding the parents not to chuck it out!I don't know when I'll use it. We're (trying) to buy our first house right now, so maybe when I get...
    Mine's only in a tiny food waste bin, have to keep reminding the parents not to chuck it out!I don't know when I'll use it. We're (trying) to buy our first house right now, so maybe when I get a garden I'll use it then.
    Mine's only in a tiny food waste bin, have to keep reminding the parents not to chuck it out!I don't know when I'll use it. We're (trying) to buy our first house right now, so maybe when I get a garden I'll use it then.
    Mine's only in a tiny food waste bin, have to keep reminding the parents not to chuck it out!I don't know when I'll use it. We're (trying) to buy our first house right now, so maybe when I get...
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  12. Mike77

    Green Manure Question

    I think Nigel has hit the nail on the head.I wouldn't have thought that green manure (of whatever type of plant) would be any good for your purposes.I've used field beans to break up my clay...
    I think Nigel has hit the nail on the head.I wouldn't have thought that green manure (of whatever type of plant) would be any good for your purposes.I've used field beans to break up my clay soil - they need to be dug in before they flower.They did look quite attractive and grew quickly -...
    I think Nigel has hit the nail on the head.I wouldn't have thought that green manure (of whatever type of plant) would be any good for your purposes.I've used field beans to break up my clay soil - they need to be dug in before they...
    I think Nigel has hit the nail on the head.I wouldn't have thought that green manure (of whatever type of plant) would be any good for your purposes.I've used field beans to break up my clay...
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  13. exlabman

    Yeast in compost?

    You could make marmite with it :)Should be fine on the compost, but better in a leafmold bin :autlvs:
    You could make marmite with it :)Should be fine on the compost, but better in a leafmold bin :autlvs:
    You could make marmite with it :)Should be fine on the compost, but better in a leafmold bin :autlvs:
    You could make marmite with it :)Should be fine on the compost, but better in a leafmold bin :autlvs:
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  14. Thomas2525

    Got a worm city today just set it up

    Hi, Good luck, hope you read the book with it. I've had mine a couple of years now and it seems to work well. Much slower than I expected and not much output, although quicker in the summer. I put...
    Hi, Good luck, hope you read the book with it. I've had mine a couple of years now and it seems to work well. Much slower than I expected and not much output, although quicker in the summer. I put very little in once temperature drops. The tap at the bottom gets clogged leading me to think there...
    Hi, Good luck, hope you read the book with it. I've had mine a couple of years now and it seems to work well. Much slower than I expected and not much output, although quicker in the summer. I put very little in once temperature drops. The tap at...
    Hi, Good luck, hope you read the book with it. I've had mine a couple of years now and it seems to work well. Much slower than I expected and not much output, although quicker in the summer. I put...
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  15. Fathead

    Bins and Composting

    Pffff...bonfires are not allowed! (Officially :th scifD36:) And I'll have you know that my pommes de terre don't have blight :yahoo: This is because they never got planted :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
    Pffff...bonfires are not allowed! (Officially :th scifD36:) And I'll have you know that my pommes de terre don't have blight :yahoo: This is because they never got planted :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
    Pffff...bonfires are not allowed! (Officially :th scifD36:) And I'll have you know that my pommes de terre don't have blight :yahoo: This is because they never got planted :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
    Pffff...bonfires are not allowed! (Officially :th scifD36:) And I'll have you know that my pommes de terre don't have blight :yahoo: This is because they never got planted :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
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  16. Fathead

    Browns question

    Egg boxes are good, not sure about the cat-food ones - wouldn't use these if the cardboard has a glossy finish.Try finding some discarded boxes next time you go to the supermarket. That's...
    Egg boxes are good, not sure about the cat-food ones - wouldn't use these if the cardboard has a glossy finish.Try finding some discarded boxes next time you go to the supermarket. That's what I do - white as well as brown, so long as they're dull rather than shiny card. The shelf-stackers...
    Egg boxes are good, not sure about the cat-food ones - wouldn't use these if the cardboard has a glossy finish.Try finding some discarded boxes next time you go to the supermarket. That's what I do - white as well as brown, so long as...
    Egg boxes are good, not sure about the cat-food ones - wouldn't use these if the cardboard has a glossy finish.Try finding some discarded boxes next time you go to the supermarket. That's...
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  17. Zigs
    Like x 4

    Started sorting out the compost corner

    Is this something to do with your latest off grid electricty generator?
    Is this something to do with your latest off grid electricty generator?
    Is this something to do with your latest off grid electricty generator?
    Is this something to do with your latest off grid electricty generator?
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  18. TheMadHedger

    What's a good general purpose liquid fertiliser for hanging baskets?

    Thank you all. :-)
    Thank you all. :-)
    Thank you all. :-)
    Thank you all. :-)
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  19. Poly Hive

    Compost failure

    Also, don't forget to put your contents of your vacuum bag in the compost bin.
    Also, don't forget to put your contents of your vacuum bag in the compost bin.
    Also, don't forget to put your contents of your vacuum bag in the compost bin.
    Also, don't forget to put your contents of your vacuum bag in the compost bin.
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  20. honeybunny

    Apple Cider Vinergar As Fertiliser?

    Hi HB,I know its an old post but thought this might interest you and others.I was planting some blueberries and using cider vinergar to reduce the acidity of my tap water for them.Using an...
    Hi HB,I know its an old post but thought this might interest you and others.I was planting some blueberries and using cider vinergar to reduce the acidity of my tap water for them.Using an ebay £6 PH pen type meter ( checked ok against a friends £100+ PH meter ) I found that just 1/2 a...
    Hi HB,I know its an old post but thought this might interest you and others.I was planting some blueberries and using cider vinergar to reduce the acidity of my tap water for them.Using an ebay £6 PH pen type meter ( checked ok against a ...
    Hi HB,I know its an old post but thought this might interest you and others.I was planting some blueberries and using cider vinergar to reduce the acidity of my tap water for them.Using an...
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  21. ricky101

    ChemPak Plant Feed

    Good points - thanks.
    Good points - thanks.
    Good points - thanks.
    Good points - thanks.
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  22. rustyroots

    Compost bin construction.

    @rustyroots Maybe this thread will be of help.
    @rustyroots Maybe this thread will be of help.
    @rustyroots Maybe this thread will be of help.
    @rustyroots Maybe this thread will be of help.
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  23. Sargan

    Improving the soil

    I just used 3 tonne of 10mm and 2 tonne of sharp sand in a land drainage job in another part of the site. Installed drainage crates and French drain herringbone collection array.
    I just used 3 tonne of 10mm and 2 tonne of sharp sand in a land drainage job in another part of the site. Installed drainage crates and French drain herringbone collection array.
    I just used 3 tonne of 10mm and 2 tonne of sharp sand in a land drainage job in another part of the site. Installed drainage crates and French drain herringbone collection array.
    I just used 3 tonne of 10mm and 2 tonne of sharp sand in a land drainage job in another part of the site. Installed drainage crates and French drain herringbone collection array.
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  24. Kleftiwallah

    Shredding official documents.

    Oakridge - my apologies, I got it wrong - I have looked again and you are right they are Schizostylis. I have now seen the pink ones. I had never seen a white Schitzostylis before, and the colour...
    Oakridge - my apologies, I got it wrong - I have looked again and you are right they are Schizostylis. I have now seen the pink ones. I had never seen a white Schitzostylis before, and the colour made me think they were Chincherees, where white is the dominent colour.
    Oakridge - my apologies, I got it wrong - I have looked again and you are right they are Schizostylis. I have now seen the pink ones. I had never seen a white Schitzostylis before, and the colour made me think they were Chincherees, where white...
    Oakridge - my apologies, I got it wrong - I have looked again and you are right they are Schizostylis. I have now seen the pink ones. I had never seen a white Schitzostylis before, and the colour...
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  25. philip

    Collecting kitchen waste - fruit flies?

    Keep waste away from your back door as the flies will settle on it, waiting for it to open and gain access to indoors.Wine fly traps are easily made using some small pots/jars with inverted...
    Keep waste away from your back door as the flies will settle on it, waiting for it to open and gain access to indoors.Wine fly traps are easily made using some small pots/jars with inverted cones of cardboard with a 10mm hole at the pointy end sitting in the necks and a small amount of...
    Keep waste away from your back door as the flies will settle on it, waiting for it to open and gain access to indoors.Wine fly traps are easily made using some small pots/jars with inverted cones of cardboard with a 10mm hole at the pointy end...
    Keep waste away from your back door as the flies will settle on it, waiting for it to open and gain access to indoors.Wine fly traps are easily made using some small pots/jars with inverted...
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  26. jd67

    Round Bins and leaves

    I have some of those composters that I bought from the council and have tried both leaves and household waste in them but have found that because of the small size of them the stuff rots down but...
    I have some of those composters that I bought from the council and have tried both leaves and household waste in them but have found that because of the small size of them the stuff rots down but not as good as say a proper large square wooden compost bin.I have all but given up with mine...
    I have some of those composters that I bought from the council and have tried both leaves and household waste in them but have found that because of the small size of them the stuff rots down but not as good as say a proper large square wooden...
    I have some of those composters that I bought from the council and have tried both leaves and household waste in them but have found that because of the small size of them the stuff rots down but...
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  27. jay22

    What to do with old compost?

    Some I use to top up and "improve" the raised beds, some ends up mixed with garden soil in the bottom of pots the next year. A word of warning though if used in the flower garden avoid using it...
    Some I use to top up and "improve" the raised beds, some ends up mixed with garden soil in the bottom of pots the next year. A word of warning though if used in the flower garden avoid using it near rhododendrons, camellias, heathers etc.
    Some I use to top up and "improve" the raised beds, some ends up mixed with garden soil in the bottom of pots the next year. A word of warning though if used in the flower garden avoid using it near rhododendrons, camellias, heathers etc.
    Some I use to top up and "improve" the raised beds, some ends up mixed with garden soil in the bottom of pots the next year. A word of warning though if used in the flower garden avoid using it...
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  28. David E Peacock

    Soil Prep for Rhododendrons . . . .

    Thanks for that Pete!Are sulphur chips and sequestered iron items generally available from ones Garden Center or Nursery?
    Thanks for that Pete!Are sulphur chips and sequestered iron items generally available from ones Garden Center or Nursery?
    Thanks for that Pete!Are sulphur chips and sequestered iron items generally available from ones Garden Center or Nursery?
    Thanks for that Pete!Are sulphur chips and sequestered iron items generally available from ones Garden Center or Nursery?
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