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Is green manure any good?

Here at Rolypig.com we focus on making compost out of any organic material that we can get hold of. Turning kitchen and garden waste into a useful fertilizer is an art that anyone can master. One of the issues that most people have is that, when they realise the value of compost, they can’t produce
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Can I put fresh cow manure on my garden?

There are plenty of people who will tell you that spreading fresh cow manure in the garden will make everything grow. They are right, it will. You will hear about how it will improve the soil structure. The microorganisms will benefit from the vast range of nutrients that cow manure contains. You only have to
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Making compost with cow manure

Having spent many years involved in front-line agriculture and focussed mainly on handling cattle, I’m well placed to offer a few ideas about how to make the best use of cow manure.  The first thing that needs to be mentioned is that cow manure is extremely valuable to the farmer who farms the land where
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Is all cardboard biodegradable?

Most items that we buy, these days will either be in a cardboard box or there will be an element of cardboard packaging in there somewhere. Modern graphics and printing technology often dresses up cardboard to like  something special. We can sometimes be left wondering if it’s cardboard or plastic. If you are minded to
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Cardboard compost or recycle?

Somehow, we all collect cardboard boxes. Some more than others. We take out the contents and put the box to one side. We may need to hold on to it for a while, just in case the precious contents have to be sent back under warranty. Cardboard, to most people, is seen as rubbish. The
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Making compost with cardboard

I can remember when I was a child, receiving a much valued item that came in a cardboard box. The contents would be taken out, with great care and would be the focus of my attention. There was a limit to the attention that the contents would have because, sooner or later, for some unexplainable
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Can you grow potatoes in just compost?

The traditional way of growing potatoes usually involved digging a patch of ground and working up the finest tilth that you can get. Light, easy-to-handle soil was, and still is, favoured for growing potatoes.  Heavy clay-soil is not so easy for growing potatoes because it’s harder work to move it around and break down into
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