how do you compost your green clippings (lawn, leafs, etc)?

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lawn and garden clippings are good in a 2 bin system 1 bin to rot down for 6 months while you build the 2nd bin I also use a green waste bin for the harder to compost items such as branches twiggs seed heads and items that take a while to break down

by "build the 2nd bin" you mean keep adding all your clippings as you are producing them?

so it would take 6 months for a full bin to rot and be ready to use?

yes I build the 1st bin adding garden waste and a handfull of lime every couple of weeks when the bin is full I leave it for 6 months to rot down while I am working on a new bin

We have large quantities of lawn clippings, and like everything else, I add them to the compost in a not too thick layer. If the pile is left next to the compost, anyone using it can add some clippings on top of whatever they add. A layer about 100 mm thick will help heat everythin up. In fact, if left in a large pile, I think it would be hot enough to (slow) cook, especially if in a pressure cooker that has been brough up to pressure. I have yet to try this but will soon. Same idea as an old fashioned haybox.


I add the lawn clippings and leaves to my compost bin as Peter does, and I also use them in a thin layer a a mulch around my garden. Its very good there, just make sure you don't let the grass clippings touch the stems of your plants, and that the layer is no more than 10cm when you put it on. It will reduce in size quickly.

When I add grass clippings to the compost, its usually ready in about 3 months in summer and four-five months in winter. I live in Auckland, and the speed of the composting process is temperature dependant, so if you live somewhere colder it will take longer. 





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