Compost workshop next Saturday

Do you have questions about your compost bin? Is it smelly or suffering from flies? Or does your bin produce compost too slowly for your liking? Maybe you’ve got a garden but don’t yet make your own compost and would like to know how?

Then pop along to the Transition Loughborough community allotment plots on the King George Road allotment site next Saturday afternoon.  From 2.30pm we’ll have well known local Master Composter Lynn Dutton on hand to provide help and advice on home composting.  Home composting is a really great way of reducing the amount of waste leaving your home and at the same time produces a brilliant material for use in your garden and/or pots.

The shared community allotment plots are on the site accessed via a five bar wooden gate on the far corner of King George Road. Go through the gate, down the grass track, round the corner and then our plots are the ones with the fruit cage, green polytunnel and little brown shed on them about half way along.  All are welcome to this FREE workshop, and there will be refreshments available too.

compost workshop poster

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3 Responses to Compost workshop next Saturday

  1. suellap says:

    I’m so sorry I have to miss this. I need to know how best to use the years olf compost I have made which is full of worms but quite wet. What else should I mix this with to be good for use in large pots?

  2. If it is wet, it might want more high carbon (“browns”) material added to it. Things like twiggy hedge prunings, scrunched up newspaper and torn up cardboard. Turning the compost might also help as it introduces air gaps and helps drainage. Don’t forget to cover the heap/bin so that it doesn’t get continually soaked in summer downpours.

    Depending on what is going to be in the pots, you might also find that a handful of dried, crumbed leaves will help, but that would have to wait until the Autumn unless you’ve already collected some for leaf mould last year. Leaf mould is a great use for collected leaves that would otherwise take far longer to break down in a normal compost bin than most other materials, and is great in pots when sieved (and mixed with sand or grit sometimes).

    • suellap says:

      Thank you. the compost at the bottom is years old and I’m making it in a covered coal bunker. I suspect that I need to empty out the entire bunker and use the good stuff in pots with perhaps some sand/grit and polystyrene pieces for aeration. i just wasn’t sure if it was too intense/rich for things like tomatoes or hostas or I suppose any pot plants. We put our leaves in with our general composts as I never feel we have enough for leaf mold.

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