Tom Gamlin

Can you grow your own mushrooms?

In a discussion I was having with someone about making compost from kitchen and garden waste, the question came up about whether we could use our own compost for growing our own mushrooms. I’ve always known that mushrooms will only grow when the conditions are exactly right and that they will grow if they have
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Can you put carrots in compost?

Here’s another vegetable that generates peel and trimmings. All of which can be fed to the pet rabbit. But what if you don’t have a rabbit to tidy this up. Can you put carrots in compost? Yes you can. Carrots will rot as fast as anything else when you put them into compost. We should
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How moist should a compost pile be?

You have a compost heap on the go and you make regular additions to it. The mass of the heap will gradually grow and there may be times when you look at it and wonder if it’s moist enough for the compost to form. Excess moisture is unlikely in a free-draining compost bin or tumbler
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Can I put eggs in the compost?

This isn’t something that’s going to happen many times but occasionally we’re going to be lumbered with the problem of having an egg or two that needs to be disposed of. There won’t be a problem if you put the odd egg in with compost. I’ve done it. I suspect most people have and I
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Can I put cooked food in the compost?

Most of us who make compost know that we can make it from vegetable peels, apple cores, clippings and trimmings from the garden. But some aren’t sure about what to do with cooked food waste from the kitchen. Can any of this go in the compost with everything else? Yes, you can put cooked food
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Can tomatoes be used in compost?

We’ve all handled the odd tomato that looks like it’s gone past it. The thing is, can we put tomatoes in the compost with everything else? Yes tomatoes can be used in compost but think about this: 1.Tomatoes are acidic This will mean that you may need to add something to neutralize the acidity. There’s
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Is it OK to put onions in compost?

Of all the vegetables that we include in our diet there are some that need extra consideration. One of these is the onion. It can make us cry, it can arouse our taste buds and send out that special aroma when fried. But, some people ask, what about onion waste, is there anything in onion
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Can I put eggshells in my compost?

  Whenever we crack open an egg to make either an omelette or a cake, we’re left holding the empty shell. Then, for convenience, most of us send it out with the trash but could we actually put it to good use? There must be something in an eggshell that can be recycled in some
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