Tom Gamlin

Can I put moldy bread in compost?

A question that comes up from time to time is: can I put moldy bread in compost? Yes, you can put moldy bread in compost. The first thing that happens to any organic material when it’s added to a compost bin is that it will turn moldy. You won’t necessarily notice this because the mold
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Tumbler composter vs bin

This is a question that’s going to come up for anyone thinking of starting to make compost. Here, we will look at some of the pros and cons of a tumbler composter versus a static bin. We will also consider the advantages of having both and working them together. So, let’s look at tumbler composters
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Compost on clay soil

If you have heavy clay soil you may find the going is tough when you try to dig it over and try to grow anything in it. You may may feel that the best thing you can do is to just grow grass on it and forget about growing anything else. One thing that will
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What is brown material in compost?

Whenever you get into a conversation with anyone about making compost you will hear the term ’browns’. This will be referred to in conjunction with the term ‘greens’ with equal enthusiasm. You will also hear about getting the right balance between nitrates (from nitrogen) and carbon. So, what is brown material in compost? Examples of
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Compost flies

The dreaded compost flies. One of the reasons why people avoid anything to do with composting is that they’ve tried it and stopped because of flies. They can be a problem if you don’t manage your compost properly. It’s possible to make compost with just a few flies appearing but not the clouds that some
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Bokashi soil factory

A Bokashi soil factory is a very simple arrangement and easy to do. The Bokashi treated waste is placed as a layer in a conventional compost bin on top of a layer of good quality soil. The Bokashi treated waste is often referred to as ‘pre-compost waste’. Another layer of soil is put on top
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Composting toilet

Composting toilets appear to be all the rage among certain green-minded enthusiasts. When I’ve mentioned or suggested doing anything like this the usual response has been people turning their noses up and either they pretend they didn’t hear or quickly change the subject to something else. We prefer to turn a lever or push a
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