Have you been fighting with bad soil? Trying to cope with lousy sand? Dealing with dead dirt? It’s time to bury your troubles, my friend. In a previous post, I talked about the pros and cons of deep mulching. For vegetable gardens, it’s a mixed bag….
Finally we finished with the 55-gallon compost tumbler and I have collected all that fresh pine saw dust as we drilled holes. No waste! :)
This method is far from new. The lady who showed it to me in the 1990s had learnt it from her grandfather decades earlier and it makes much better compost than the plastic bins from garden centres.
Buy some rough hewn pre-treated timber. Standard planks in the U.K. have a cross section of 25mm…
Today, whilst walking around a large chain, DIY store, I found a 80 litre black plastic waste bin that comes with a fitted lid. It’s only small, so as to fit in my tiny garden.
It’s black plastic, so will conduct heat really well and cylindrical so I can roll it around to mix the content.
It cost £14, so I was swayed, there and then. Most similar size ready made compost bins cost at the least £25-50.
- Dryer lint
- “Dust bunnies”
- The insides of a vacuum bag (just empty the bag into the compost bin)
- The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion)
- Coffee grounds
- Coffee filters
- Tea bags/loose leaf tea
- Soy/rice/almond/etc milk
- Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants)
29/09/13: Started my new way of preparing my veggie beds for next year!
As not to destroy the soil structure I have decided not to dig!
I prepared the top by raking it evenly, covered this with my super compost, laid a thick newspaper layer on it and watered with worm tea. I then added a thick layer of Bella’s old hay over the top to mulch and now leaving it for the microbes, worms, etc to do their thing!