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Adding the cat litter

Carbon and Composlime

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Me? Struggling for post titles? It’s like you are saying there isn’t anything all that interesting about compost…. Last weekend I mentioned that the compost wasn’t ready, but that we had to go ahead and use some anyway. Well a week later I have actually got around to adding in some carbon. We do [...]
Digging out the compost

More compost and planter

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Not the most exciting post but the best I can think up, as you can tell from the lack of posts over the last month I am very busy with work [current project]! This weekend we set aside some time to work on our garden. It has been in a sorry state for 2 or 3 years now (I can’t remember which), with [...]
How the composter looked today

Hot Compost – We have finally used some!

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Well, it has been over a year, but we have at last used some of the compost we have been making. Sadly we used it to part fill the pot for a small tree we have placed over Vader (our cats) grave; he was hit by a car. Vader isn’t in the pot, he’s buried in the garden but we wanted something to sit [...]
How the composter looked today

Hot compost – one year on

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Well it’s been about one year since we started hot composting with our Green Johanna, and we have yet to get any compost from it, but then again we have yet to fill it (as of today it is only ¾ full)! We set out to reduce our waste to landfill, and we have; we now throw out between ¼ and ½ a bag of [...]
The composter with a little cloud of bluebottles

Swampost (September/ October hot compost update)

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Last month I mentioned that our Green Johanna was becoming a bit damp (plus activity had slowed down) and that I would wait a few weeks for the leaves to start falling off of our tree’s before digging the thing out (to break up compacted waste at the bottom) mixing with plenty of dried leaves and [...]
Mushrooms

Mushrooms growing in my Green Johanna

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OK, this was not in the manual. (more…)
The composter with a little cloud of bluebottles

Not the way to spend Easter Sunday morning! (3)

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An update to my last post (and the one before it); I am now trying to fix the anaerobic issue with the Green Johanna. For the last two days I have stirred  the pile (with the stick supplied by the manufacturer) like mad (about 20 mins solid stirring). (more…)
The composter with a little cloud of bluebottles

Not the way to spend Easter Sunday morning! (2)

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Despite my dire problems yesterday things today seem, well, fixed. At least temporarily. The inch of soil did it, come this morning the smell was gone. However looks like it’s due to the pile being anaerobic, so more stirring is in order
Bella watering the compost

Not the way to spend Easter Sunday morning! (1)

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My Green Johanna smelled bad today. Let me make one thing clear; I am no stranger to bad smells or dealing with them. I have worked in underground sumps in London where medieval rivers are pumped away and the levels of fecal matter are under investigation. I have slept in caravans in the Niger [...]
The composter with a little cloud of bluebottles

Hot Compost – March and April 2011

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It’s been a while since I last blogged about hot-composting because I’ve been trying something new. In fact several new things. One I have started following the instructions that came with it (I know, crazy). (more…)
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