Advice


Here is a selection of advice, questions asked via email, and the answers given in reply:

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HOW TO MAKE POTTING COMPOST

Main ingredients

1. Sieved home-made Compost

2. Leaf-mould

3. Perlite*

4. Sieved garden Soil

 

A) The mix for making general Multi-purpose Compost –

1. Mix in equal parts home-made Compost, Leaf-mould and garden Soil.

 

B) The mix for potting on seedlings and cuttings –

1. Mix one part home-made Compost, with two parts Leaf-mould, with one part good garden Soil, with two parts Perlite

 

C) The mix for rooting cuttings –

1. Mix one part Leaf mould with one part Perlite

* Perlite is available at garden centres or online.

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Slatted verses Close Boarded Compost Bins :

‘We offer either Slatted or Close Boarded Compost Bins. Professional gardener’s opinion varies as to which one is the better. We usually advise that the contents in the Close Boarded Compost Bin will reach a higher temperature and thus kill more weed seeds, diseased material, and decompose slightly quicker than material in the Slatted Compost Bin. The disadvantage on occasion, may be that wet soggy material may stay wet and soggy and not decompose efficiently at the base where there is little or no air. We suggest the use of Aerating-Bases to encourage air to the base.

If the idea is to compost over a long period of time, leaving the contents 1 year or longer then there would be little noticeable difference between the two types of Compost Bin.’

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Tip: How to remove ground elder without the use of a weedkiller

Mulch over the ground elder to a depth of 2″ (5cm) or more. Leave for a year or so. When the ground elder comes back the roots will be growing in the layer of composting mulch, with less growing in the soil. Now gently remove the roots with a garden fork. They will remove easier from the mulch, without breaking, than if forked out from garden soil.

Once removed, mulch again with compost.

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Compost Bin – Accessing compost

Comment : How does the compost come out of the bottom of a compost bin ?

Reply : It is possible to slide up and then prop up the front boards, however accessing compost from the bottom of a bin by this way is not the best way to do it. Material placed on top falls down into the hole made, making it difficult to dig out well composted material to more than a spade length in. With a triple bin for example, fill the left bin and leave it to compost down. Then start filling the 2nd bin, leaving it too to compost down. Then start filling the 3rd bin, by which time one would hope that all the material in the first bin has composted sufficiently. Remove the front boards one at a time from the first bin, sliding out from the top, and remove the compost as needed.

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Compost Bins – sent fully assembled

Comment : I am looking at the triple, close-boarded with aerating-base. The one I most like is 6ftx2ftx3ft. I would like to have it fully assembled depending on the cost. How much would this be?

Reply : The cost for sending this item fully assembled would be £56.40 (price at 16/10/15) and it would weigh 80 kg (approx.) without the front boards in. One of the bins I can send without charging extra would be a compost bin measuring 4ft ( 1.2m-w) x 4ft (1.2m-d) x 3ft (0.9m-h)(48cu.ft-1.3cu.m-1333lts) single slatted or close boarded. Any measurement exceeding 5ft (1.50m) incurs an additional charge. The compost bins are straight forward to assemble, already part assembled, sides and back panels made up, and arrive with nails and a full set of coloured photographs illustrating each stage of the assembly.

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Delivery –  day specific

Comment : I also would need to specify a day for delivery so I can arrange to either be here or for someone else to be here.

Reply : That is fine, just let me know the day. However, best to contact in advance to ensure the goods can be made ready in time for the delivery day requested.