Compost Is A Lovely Thing

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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    After a check in the Dalek, we determined that it could be emptied.
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    Yep, there it stands—filled to the gunnels, waiting. You can see a little pile where a rat had dug some compost out to make room for a nest. That was scraped-up with a spade and bagged before beginning.

    We removed the the “door” and began digging out the black gold.
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    We began emptying the compost bin into large trugs, but quickly just switched and shovelled the compost directly into tough plastic bags.
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    We took the sacks two by two to where we would stall them until a little later when we will spread the contents over the veggie plots. Here is the inside of the empty bin. Doesn’t that look nice and clean.
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    The stockpile— yes sir, yes sir, nine bags full.
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    Another little job done and dusted.
     
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  3. Melody Mc.

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    Wow! Nine bags! Is the Dalek quite large? That is very rewarding. :)
     
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    Nice!

    Sjoerd, am I right, guessing that you don't worry about segregating species? So the compost is from all kinds of plants, and is used for all kinds of plants? Doesn't matter?

    That would make it easier. I wind up using my weed and vegetable compost, for flower beds.
     
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    Nice black gold, is nine bags enough for you requirement?
     



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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    Will you look at that! What a lovely stack of nourishment for your lottie. Our compost bins were dismantled two years ago. We were going to move them, then circumstance stopped my plans. Maybe this year. I miss the smell of compost in spring.
     
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    It's surprising how much you can get out of one of those Dalek compost bins, I've got 3 but a bit different from yours Sjoerd.
     
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    Mel— Large? Not really very large. It comes up to just under my waist. It is indeed rewarding. I have another compost bin that I’m going to fix-up later on this spring. It still needs to compost further.

    Cheers Daniel— You are 100% spot-on that I do not segregate species. Having said that, I never put in the roots bindweed, ground elder or mare’s tail…nor the seed heads of some plants.

    I use this self-made compost exclusively on the veggie quadrants.

    KK— the one bin full would probably be enough for my veggie needs; however, I have a second bin over behind the garden house, and that together with the nine bags will be sufficient.

    Thanks Droopske — I hope you can get your compost thing set up again.

    Loggie— It is indeed surprising how much compost can be made in those things. What do your compost bins look like? My one came from GB and I suspected that there would have been this sort all over the countries there. Could you post a piccy of yours?
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Amazing! You've got me thinking now, how my 2 bins should be ready this spring!
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I love our Dalek and couldn't be without it now. It's THE best thing I've ever bought and even after years of use it still does its job. :)
     
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    Netty— I’ll bet they will be ready. It is such a good feeling to see and smell that self-made compost.

    Eileen—I actually owe you the biggest thanks. Without you I would not have that wonderful but of kit. I cannot do without it either. It is surprising how durable that thing is. Thanks again.
     
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    Sjoerd, these are mine, had to take this from the conservatory because it's raining. Got 3 had them from the council they were selling them for £5.00 each including postage. Have to push up the door and then out, it's not very easy to get the compost out.
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    Those look smart, Loggie. Thank you for showing them. What a good action from the Council. The price was good wasn’t it.
    I see what you mean about getting the compost out. I can get my compost fairly easily out. The cover slides right off, but of course I have to kneel and take it out a shovel full at the time. The bottom of the compost at this time of year is very compact and is a wee bit awkward to get out. Awkward, but in the end I do get it out.
     
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    Thanks Sjoerd, it's the same with mine i get a long handle fork and twist it to loosen it and then get it out with a trowel and put it in a old washing up bowl. It's a long time now but the council was trying to get people to do that and reduce waste, i don't think that they do it now. Yes it was a good price.
     
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