All about composting

What is brown material in compost?

Whenever you get into a conversation with anyone about making compost you will inevitably be presented with the term ’browns’. This will be referred to in conjunction with the term ‘greens’ with equal enthusiasm. You will also hear about getting the nitrate (from nitrogen) and carbon balance right. So, what is brown material in compost?
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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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Can you put cooked meat in compost?

When we’re disposing of waste food most people know that vegetable waste will safely rot down into compost in the right conditions. There is, however, some doubt when disposing of cooked meat which often turns up as leftovers on the plate. So, can you put cooked meat in compost? Yes you can but you must
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Balcony compost

OK you’re thinking about making compost out of kitchen waste in your apartment or condo. Specifically on your balcony where you may have a little extra space that is just outside your regular living space. We could, if we wanted, go on and on about how everyone should make compost from food waste rather than
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Snakes in compost bin

I don’t like snakes, I don’t know enough about them and I’m guessing that most of you feel much the same way. The trouble is that there is a risk that, at some point, we’re going to come face to face with a snake. Depending on where you are in the world you may, at
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Rat proof garden. Is it possible?

Most people know that there are rats around, somewhere. We like to think that they’re somewhere else and not here. The truth is they’ll always be in your area and constantly trying to get at what you’ve got. I’ve been looking around to see if there are things we can do to keep them out
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How to deter rats from garden

There are more rats around than most people know about. They are secretive and artful. They can also do a lot of damage if we allow them to flourish unhindered.  So, here we think about how to deter rats from your garden. There is no way of deterring rats from coming into the garden. There
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Composting toilet

Composting toilet 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 button that sends our waste on its way down a
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Composting

What is composting? Composting is the converting of organic material that was once living into a black crumbly material which is of immense use as a natural fertilizer for growing plants. These could be flower plants or vegetables and the waste from these can then be turned into compost at a later date. So with
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