All about composting

What is a hot compost?

Whenever I make compost from garden waste, particularly grass clippings, I often see some steam rising from the heap after a day or two. This indicates that heat is being generated from the compost pile. Anyone who hasn’t seen it before may wonder why this happens and if it may get too hot. So, what
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What is carbon in a compost pile?

The carbon in a compost pile will come from materials, that you add, that have a high level of carbon in them. Carbon will be found in cardboard, paper and dead leaves. These components are often referred to as ‘browns’. There has to be an adequate inclusion of materials containing carbon to balance the the
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Can you compost leaves?

  Every Autumn/fall we are presented with the inevitable ‘crop’ of dead-leaves. Depending on which part of the world where you live, you may be lucky enough to see a spectacular display of colours before they drop. Seeing a layer of dead leaves on the ground, it’s easy to assume that they have no further
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What does lime do to compost?

Looking into the subject of adding hydrated lime to compost, I’m finding that there is an argument for it and against it. Here I want to give my view on the subject based on what I’ve seen for myself and offer an answer to the question: what does lime do to compost? The basic reason
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Do worms help compost?

When making compost from kitchen waste we will, very often, see worms turn up in the compost bin. We will see worms wherever the conditions are right for them but you may wonder, do worms help compost? Having worms in your compost is a positive advantage. Of all the natural, living, guests that will turn
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How do leaves decompose faster?

There are easy ways to make leaves decompose faster. Every Autumn/fall we get, whether we want them or not, a sizable delivery of leaves. To some they are a nuisance but to the rest of us they’re a bonanza, maybe eagerly awaited. But when we get them we want to convert them into useful compost
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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 reason. One of the
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Can I put urine in my compost bin?

Here’s a question that’s been doing the rounds. Making compost is generally associated with kitchen or garden waste being gathered together and left to convert into compost. There are additives which I know I can add that will speed up or improve the process, but can I put urine in my compost? Yes you can.
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