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? Nearly everyone who drinks tea uses tea bags. What do we do with the soggy leftovers? Most people put them in the bin to go to landfill but there is an alternative. Composting tea bags is an option. Yes, you can make compost from tea bags which is good news
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Grow potatoes in a bin

If you like the idea of growing your own vegetables you need to know that you don’t have to stick with convention for all of it. Some gardeners are having considerable success growing vegetables in bags or bins. It’s well possible to grow potatoes in a bin. This is one of the easiest things that
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Compost bins

You’ve made the decision and got yourself a new compost bin, or maybe a tumbler. You’ve taken a while to appreciate the ‘newness’ of a clean item. Then you have to get to work and begin adding materials that will, at some point, deliver compost. So, what to put in a compost bin to start.
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