My compost experiment

OK, experiment is probably too grand a word for this, after all I don’t have a control compost heap to make comparisons with.  I’ve some compost bins still cooking, but only one that I’m adding fresh waste to at the moment.  Last week we mowed grass and split timber, which meant lots of clippings and sawdust for the heap, but of course the fine particles settle into every air pocket, starving my compost bin of a much needed resource.  I’ve been reading a lot about the much vaunted Aerobin lately with its patented ‘lung’ technology, which as far as I can work out is a tube down the middle!  Anyway not to be outdone, I found myself with some cardboard tubes left over from a junk modelling session with some Small People.  Ha ha! My very own mini-lung technology!

 These are the inners of kitchen foil and the such like, and are therefore a bit tougher than your average loo roll inner which would pretty much collapse straightaway.  I’ve mostly buried them horizontally so that they don’t get clogged up straightaway, and hopefully down there they will be  providing some useful air pockets. I’m not sure why, but I also stuck a few pointing upwards like periscopes – I expect they will fill and collapse pretty quickly.  Feeling pretty pleased with myself (do I have too much time on my hands?) I added a new layer of kitchen waste and some comfrey.  I’ve stopped making fertilizer with it now, it’s done flowering for the bees so I may as well make good use of it here where it will speed up the composting process.

Another picture of my compost heap before I put it to bed for another week, wow! I really do have too much time on my hands!  Perhaps I should spend it turning the heap instead of messing around?

See also wooden compost bins.

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