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Old 30-11-2003, 01:04 PM
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Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?

2. I should be using a different activator?

Any advice gratefully received.

Regards,


Andrew



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Old 30-11-2003, 02:23 PM
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:59:59 -0000, "ajr" wrote:

Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?

2. I should be using a different activator?

Any advice gratefully received.


the unanimous advice given here was to urinate on it. My case comes up
next week...
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Old 30-11-2003, 02:23 PM
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"martin" wrote in message
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:59:59 -0000, "ajr" wrote:

Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the

Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of

peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?

2. I should be using a different activator?

Any advice gratefully received.


the unanimous advice given here was to urinate on it. My case comes up
next week...


LOL

I do think one month is a wee bit too soon for looking for action eg

I leave mine in for up to a year before I start to look for the good stuff

O


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Old 30-11-2003, 02:42 PM
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 14:19:40 -0000, "Ophelia"
wrote:


"martin" wrote in message
.. .
On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:59:59 -0000, "ajr" wrote:

Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the

Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of

peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?

2. I should be using a different activator?

Any advice gratefully received.


the unanimous advice given here was to urinate on it. My case comes up
next week...


LOL


I knew I'd get no support from you :-)


I do think one month is a wee bit too soon for looking for action eg

I leave mine in for up to a year before I start to look for the good stuff


Don't forget you have a yellow card. No double entendres please :-)
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Old 30-11-2003, 04:05 PM
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"martin" wrote in message
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:59:59 -0000, "ajr" wrote:

Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the

Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of

peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?

2. I should be using a different activator?

Any advice gratefully received.


the unanimous advice given here was to urinate on it. My case comes up
next week...
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Martin


:-)

Umm.... looks as though I am going to have to explain a few things to the
neighbours!




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Old 30-11-2003, 04:06 PM
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 15:42:47 -0000, "ajr" wrote:


"martin" wrote in message
.. .
On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 12:59:59 -0000, "ajr" wrote:

Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the

Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of

peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?

2. I should be using a different activator?

Any advice gratefully received.


the unanimous advice given here was to urinate on it. My case comes up
next week...
--
Martin


:-)

Umm.... looks as though I am going to have to explain a few things to the
neighbours!


and this too?
http://www.scarboroughtoday.co.uk/Vi...ticleID=699207
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Old 30-11-2003, 04:06 PM
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"martin" wrote in message

Don't forget you have a yellow card. No double entendres please :-)


Yeah.. we might get told off again *weg*


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Old 30-11-2003, 04:06 PM
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 14:51:34 -0000, "Ophelia"
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"martin" wrote in message

Don't forget you have a yellow card. No double entendres please :-)


Yeah.. we might get told off again *weg*


gawd you are so provocative :-)

(weg?)
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Old 30-11-2003, 04:12 PM
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In article , ajr
writes
Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?


Yes. It will compost very slowly at this time of year. Just add to it as
the stuff slowly settles and don't worry. The top bit won't rot - you
need to dig down to get to the rotted stuff. have a look in April and
see what you've got then.

2. I should be using a different activator?


Activator speeds things up but isn't necessary.



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http://www.scarboro.demon.co.uk/edward/index.htm
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Old 30-11-2003, 05:02 PM
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"martin" wrote in message
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 14:51:34 -0000, "Ophelia"
wrote:


"martin" wrote in message

Don't forget you have a yellow card. No double entendres please :-)


Yeah.. we might get told off again *weg*


gawd you are so provocative :-)


wicked evil grin

provocative???? how's that then??





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Old 30-11-2003, 05:18 PM
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"martin" wrote in message
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On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 14:51:34 -0000, "Ophelia"
wrote:


"martin" wrote in message

Don't forget you have a yellow card. No double entendres please :-)


Yeah.. we might get told off again *weg*


gawd you are so provocative :-)


wicked evil grin

provocative???? how's that then??



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Old 30-11-2003, 10:23 PM
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the unanimous advice given here was to urinate on it. My case comes up
next week...



I "activated" mine the week before last with a litre of activator. When do
I need to do it again? Is it natural for the fresh manure I put in the top
to start sprouting?


Mike


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Old 01-12-2003, 02:17 PM
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In message , Kay Easton
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In article , ajr
writes
Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per instructions
found on a few gardening sites, as well as following tips on the Newsgroup
archive.

As far as I am aware I've followed 'best prctice' - a good mix of peelings,
cuttings from the garden, as well as some grass (not too much!), a bit of
cardboard and some mature to activate the mixture.

The problem that I have is that nothing appears to be happening. Is this
due to one of the following?

1. It's too cold this time of year for the process to start?


Yes. It will compost very slowly at this time of year. Just add to it as
the stuff slowly settles and don't worry. The top bit won't rot - you
need to dig down to get to the rotted stuff. have a look in April and
see what you've got then.

2. I should be using a different activator?


Activator speeds things up but isn't necessary.


Adding something like Garotta and some ammonium sulphate to a brand new
sterile heap probably does help things to get going though. What is
really difficult is to get a small compost heap to go reliably. It has
to be wet enough to rot, but not so wet it is soggy and anaerobic. That
balance always seems to be much easier to reach on a large scale heap.

A big enough heap even in mid winter with snow on the ground can still
generate a huge amount of heat. I remember a big forest heap full of
pine trimmings from Xmas trees which amazingly became mad hot after just
a few days. It smelt incredible too!

Regards,
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:32 PM
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a month ago??
it takes a year, even in these clever plastic bins


"Martin Brown" wrote in message
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In message , Kay Easton
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In article , ajr
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Good afternoon,

I bought a composter about a month ago, and filled it as per

instructions
found on a few gardening sites



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Old 02-12-2003, 06:22 PM
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"Oxymel of Squill" wrote:

it takes a year, even in these clever plastic bins


Disagree: Look up "Indore (sp?) two-week method"

With a bunch of caveats: material must be shredded; Carbon:Nitrogen radio
must be right; proper moisture/aeration, etc to make the pile heat up
rapidly.

Having said that, I don't like to work that hard, so I use the "pile it up;
let it rot" method, using several heaps under a copse of pine trees in the
corner of the yard.

I admit to having more room and fewer neighbors than many here {:-)


Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at www.albany.net/~gwoods
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1200' elevation. NY WO G


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