"I personally like plants that have fulfilled there life cycle and have gone 'woody'. Cornstalks, sunflower stalks, flowered and seeded brasicas, broad bean-pea/bean vines after the seeds have dried and been saved, globe and jerusalem…"
"My main source of carbon is leaves, not only from our own place but also anywhere local I can find them. Also I use wood chips of which I've had 2 loads delivered free over the past year by a friendly aborist. On top of that, I also use…"
"Thanks so much everyone, your helpful comments are much appreciated.
I am still curious tough, what do you -personally- use as the main carbon additions to your compost bin(s)?
I'm off to my neighbour's place today to see what I can rake…"
I have to admit to being a compost fanatic, having a compost tumbler and 8 compost bins of assorted shapes and sizes.
Ok, here's a list of 'brown's that you can add to the 'greens' you have in your tumbler:
"I forgot to add, you personally may not have dead leaves, but you may find them very easily in forest, woods, public parks, or from neighbors. Post online in the "Wanted" section of trade me, freestuff, freecycle, etc...You'd be…"
"Your problem is that your compost bin is stinky.There can be many reasons for that, besides the one you're mentioning.
This being said, I'll focus only on nitrogen excess. In fact, nitrogen is in very small amounts is the kitchen scraps…"
If you get down to your local garden centre they should have some pea straw which is a good source of carbon to add and helps to aerate the material. Aeration is important so that you get the oxygen into the material. Carbon…"
"Miriam you could use old newspapers, avoid using the shiny paper as it is high in clay fillers. Brown cardboard can be used as well but you will need to cut both the newspaper and cardboard up so that it can break down."
Help please!We have a compost tumbler that we have recently purchased to share with our landlords. We are each adding food scraps (4 adults+1 toddler worth) and it's getting stinky.Despite my best efforts (breaking and cutting up dry twigs to add etc) it is showing all signs of being too high in nitrogen. I don't have any dry leaves stored as it's our first gardening year. What do you add to your compost as carbon (other than Autumn leaves)?Many thanksMiriam See More
We have a compost tumbler that we have recently purchased to share with our landlords. We are each adding food scraps (4 adults+1 toddler worth) and it's getting stinky.
Despite my best efforts (breaking and cutting up dry…"
Welcoming discussion on the whole spectrum of composting methods. If it's a way of turning organic material into fertile earth, lets talk about the method, your experiences, the pros and the cons of it!See More
"loving round two already! I can't believe it was a year ago that i cleared me new garden and gingerly planted my first plants, then watched as slugs devoured the lot ... then planted my second lot of first plants :)"
"Today I planted seeds of cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and marigolds , I'm using a plastic storage box (with lid I can prop open) in front of a north facing ranch-slider and my seeds/seedlings are loving it! Just spent almost 2 hours…"
hello Miriam, there are a couple of recipes for natural sprays for use on aphids in this group I can't remember whether I read it there or somewhere else but a garlic & chili spray is very effective against aphids but don't use it on any of the solanum family ie tomatoes/potatoes.