Roy Gamlin Bsc

Smelly Compost

Quite often people will have a go at making compost. They will gather together a heap or start loading a bin. Then, after a while, they see lots of flies and there is a bad smell and they ask, why have I got such smelly compost? Too wet is the usual cause. The best smelly
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What is a compost accelerator?

There are boxes and bags of powders that contain a ‘magic’ ingredient with a claim that it will accelerate the composting process, but do they really? I’ve used one of these accelerators called ‘Garotta’ but I’m a little mystified about what is actually in it and what is a compost accelerator? A compost accelerator is
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How do you speed up composting?

One of the things about making compost is that the words ‘composting’ and ‘speed’ don’t go together. I’ve been looking around to see if anyone has any ideas to add to my own because if there are ways of speeding up the process we need to know about them. So, How do you speed up
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Hot composting in winter

Most of us know that making compost in warm weather is easy. The bugs that turn waste into compost are much more effective in warm temperature. But what about hot composting in winter, is it possible to convert green waste into compost in cold weather? You can make compost in the winter months but the
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Composting tea bags

Can You Compost Tea Bags? Yes, you can make compost from tea bags which is good news because there are billions of cups of tea made and drunk around the world every year. It’s a very British thing to do. Traditionally it’s been an afternoon social event often accompanied with an assortment of highly desirable cakes.
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Grow potatoes in a bin

This is one of the easiest things that you can do in the garden. Especially if you don’t have much space and you feel like having a go at growing something that will produce something tasty to eat. It works like this. You need a container, preferably plastic, that measures approximately 2 feet high and
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