Turn­ing com­post

Gardeners' World - - Around The Garden -

We com­post as much as pos­si­ble at Beechgrove. There are large bays turned an­nu­ally by a dig­ger, but also sev­eral do­mes­tic bins. It can take a year or more to get re­ally good com­post from them. Be­ing smaller and in a shaded lo­ca­tion, the process is slower, but turn­ing the con­tents helps speed things up. We put a tarp down and empty the bins on to it us­ing a grape (long han­dled hay fork) then fill it back up again or move the pile into an­other empty bin. Ma­te­rial is re­dis­tributed so that less de­cayed com­po­nents are in­tro­duced to the mid­dle, where de­com­po­si­tion is faster. Turn­ing in­tro­duces more air − es­sen­tial for the mi­cro­bial ac­tion re­spon­si­ble for the com­post­ing process.

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