Archive for the 'Composting' Category
Monday, May 13th, 2013
I’ve never had a wormery but its so tempting!
The Original Wormery Deluxe Kit
The Deluxe Original Wormery Kit including an Original Wormery, Wormery stand. compost caddy, insulation jacket and composting with worms book!
The Tiger Wormery Pet Poo Loo
The Tiger Wormery Pet Poo Loo is a great way to turn pet poo into great worm castings (compost) and a liquid fertiliser for your garden.
The Original Wormery
The Original Wormery is our best selling all-in-one Wormery and was the very first commercially available Wormery – invented nearly 20 years ago by our MD, Clive Roberts.
The Midi Wormery
The Midi Wormery is the smaller sister of our bestselling Original Wormery, and slightly larger than our Junior Wormery. The middle of our range of Wormeries, The Midi Wormery is ideal for locations where space is limited – and also fits neatly into many kitchen cupboards! The Midi Wormery operates in a similar way to both the Junior Wormery and our Original Wormery, through an internal drainage system.
Monday, May 13th, 2013
Green Johanna Hot Composter
The Green Johanna was developed in Sweden to provide a simple, easy to use compost system to safely compost all degradable kitchen waste all year round!The well thought out, patented design of Green Johanna means you do not have to know much about composting – with Green Johanna everyone can compost now!Green Johanna can compost two parts food waste to one part garden waste. All food waste including meat, fish and bones can be put in Green Johanna.
Includes1 x Mixing Stick4 x Outer Rings1 x Lid1 x Base2 x Doors1 x Bag of Fixing Screws1 X Instruction Manual
Food waste compostingTo fully appreciate Green Johannas design it helps to consider what is necessary to recycle waste the way nature does. Every year the same natural cycle occurs; leaves, twigs and trees fall to earth, decompose and become food for new plants.Naturally occurring micro-organisms, bugs and worms, together with oxygen and moisture do all the work. In the process heat is produced.Some very valuable micro-organisms work at temperatures as high as 65C (150F)! This is hot composting, oxygen in the air is critical to the process.
Height 94 cm
Diameter of lid 54 cm
Diameter of base 82 cm
Weight 9.5 kg (10 kg with box)
Volume 11.4 cu ft/330 litre
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Part of the York Rotters activities for Compost week – a free how to compost session – learn how to set up a comost bin, the basics and also how to compost cooked food waste.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Free compost offer in South Gloucestershire – 22,000 litres of compost to local communities and gardeners on Merlin’s assisted gardening scheme. Community groups will also be able to apply for funding for any horticultural projects they are running.
Monday, May 6th, 2013
In Wales, the Isle of Anglesey County Council will be offering free compost bins at Holyhead market (13 May from 9.30am).
Other composting events
Further events will take place in Caerphilly and Carmarthenshire, with a composting session for teachers taking place at the National Botanic Garden, Llanarthne (9 May).
A number of events have been set up across Oxfordshire, with the Groundwork Oxfordshire Green Schools scheduled to visit Long Furlong Primary School in Abingdon and Freeland Primary School in Witney, where children will learn about and perform their own experiments with compost.
Volunteers from Oxfordshire’s Master Composter team are set to be very active across the county, giving a talk at Millets Farm Garden Centre, near Abingdon and assisting at Cherwell District Council’s compost giveaway.
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Friday, October 5th, 2012
It’s autumn and leaves are starting to change colour here. Soon they’ll be falling and then is the time to rake them all up. Get as many as you can. If you only have a few then a great technique is to empty them on to the lawn and mow them up. Empty the resulting grass/leaf mix into bags and leave to break down. Otherwise pile them into a heap or black bags and leave to rot down. Leaves take a while to break down so it’s not quick but it is a good organic material that’s worth collecting.
You can pile them thickly on the soil as a mulch.
Leafmold is a great soil covering for winter. The worms will pull it down into the soil where it will enrich the soil and create a better soil structure. it’s especially good for next years carrot and parnsip bed. This is because it encourages a very fine tilth which root vegetables need to grow well.
If you can ever find piles of old leaf mould you’ll discover just how amazing the stuff is. It’s like the best compost soil you’ll ever find. It’s great for growing all sorts of vegetables in. I managed to fill a couple of raised beds with it this year and have grown amazing onions, leeks, and spring onions. It’s given me great sized veggies too and they’ve grown better than ones in the ground!
If you are a kind neighbour then you might also find it’s good to rake up neighbours paths and drives if they are covered in leaves. This will provide you with extra leaves to rot down for next year. A quiet word with your other neighbours might get you bags of leaves dropped off.
You can’t have too much leaf mould. It’s fantastic stuff. Apply generously everywhere as a mulch if you have lots of it. Otherwise apply to a few places in a good layer.
You can compost leaves by having a leaf pile, a leaf wire bin, stuffing them in black bin bags, or by chopping with grass and leaving in bin bags again. Any of these techniques can be used – the mixing with grass cuttings with a mower should be the quickest way to something very usable though.
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
I’d been to see a friend’s back yard and thought about what sort of compost bin she needed.
I hate the thought of weeds going to landfill when they can be recycled on site.
The yard only has small beds and not many weeds as there’s not much soil. It seems silly to have a massive compost bin when there are much neater options.
A very simple method is needed which involves putting the weeds under a sheet of cardboard on one section of bed (about 75 cm wide … or whatever size you can easily get pieces of cardboard…)
Put green weeds under it and then water the cardboard on top and put a layer of leaves/soil on top to hide the cardboard (and put a pot or brick on it to stop it blowing away)
A wormery would be good for just a few weeds and a bit of food waste though.
If you could find a big pot to go on top of the cardboard you don’t need to worry about hiding it. You’ve not got a lot of weeds to need anything more complicated.
You could just put them in a small layer without cardboard but cardboard encourgaes the worms to come up and deal with them quicker.
and stops them regrowing.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
National Composting Week is coming up soon! Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 May 2012 is National Composting Week!
So use this as an excuse to get composting!
You can have either a compost heap or a compost bin. A bin is tidier though!
You then have the choice as to have a cold heap or a hot heap? A hot heap is more complicated as you need to save layers of things and build a pile all in one go… Or you could treat yourself to this amazing compost bin called the Hotbin!
GreenFingers have this fantastic compost bin
HotBin Composter £137.99
90 days to homemade compost.
This hotbin can handle virtually all UK domestic food and garden waste and is the size of a wheelie bin. Manufactured from expanded polypropylene making it 100% recyclable it is a 200 litre hot aerobic composting bin that can easily achieve a temperature of 60′C. You can safely compost cooked food waste in this compost bin.
Look out for local composting events – perhaps your council will be giving away compost bins, or having composting lessons?