Tom Gamlin

Do you need two compost bins?

Why do we compost at home? How do you use compost? Most people who are minded to make compost will set up a single compost bin and start filling it. Then, after a while, you find that the compost bin is filling up and you need to think about where else you’re going to put
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Should I cover my compost pile?

Should a compost bin be in sun or shade? Do compost bins need air holes? Can you compost hand warmers? Yes, you should cover your compost pile for two main reasons. Both are to do with weather elements. A compost pile that has no cover can become dried-out if you’re having a hot period of
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Can grass clippings pile catch fire?

How long does a compost pile stay hot? Yes. A grass can catch fire in one big pile of grass clippings but it can only happen when a combination of circumstances conspire together to make it happen.  Here we’re looking at a phenomenon known as spontaneous combustion. This can happen when a pile of organic
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How to make compost hotter

What is the difference between hot and cold composting? Everyone seems to have got the idea that compost must become hot. Any organic material will rot down into compost. It doesn’t necessarily have to get hot.  So, if you are looking at your compost pile and it looks and feels cold, this isn’t a problem.
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Compost problems

What are the disadvantages of composting? Can you turn a compost pile too much? The target: To make compost that’s black and crumbly. It mustn’t be too wet or too dry. It mustn’t smell or be infested with flies. The thing about making compost is that it should be easy. After all, we’re only trying
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How do you make a compost activator?

Is urine a good compost activator? Should I add dirt to my compost? Can you add sugar to compost? How do you make wood chips compost faster? Can you keep adding to a compost pile? In all the time that I’ve spent looking into the subject of making compost, there’s one thing that remains constant.
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What kind of soil is acidic?

How do I know if soil is acidic? What can you add to soil to make it more acidic? Can you use vinegar to acidify soil? Do coffee grounds acidify soil? Does epsom salt make soil more acidic? Does sawdust make soil acidic? The most acidic soils will be those that include a lot of
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Is home compost acidic or alkaline?

How do I make compost more acidic? Is multi purpose compost acidic?  How do I reduce the acidity in my compost? Compost that you make at home is unlikely to be alkaline. Home compost will either be slightly acidic or very near neutral. If you have compost that shows an acidic level of lower than
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