Composting advice and training

Wormeries, advice on types or wormery and worm wee

Botanic Garden Compost Demonstration site

Stand at indoor and outdoor events

Educational activities for children e.g making Rotbots

Welcome to Carry On Composting

There is more to composting than throwing waste material in a corner and waiting for it to rot

This web site is designed to promote and encourage composting of garden and food waste in the hope that we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill sites, reduce the “waste miles” associated with kerbside collections and improve the quality of our garden soils

 I have attempted to cover a wide range of composting methods and techniques as well as  composting related activities for schools and community groups.

Also included is information relating to talks that we can offer for garden clubs,  allotment societies community groups.

In addition there are details of our Composting Demonstration Site at University of Leicester  Botanic Garden where you can see a wide range of composting bins and methods in use.

 Please feel free to make comments and submit your composting experiences and photos to

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 Rod Weston

Composting Talks, Presentations and Advice

Training, talks and advice on composting for gardening clubs, schools etc.

 Rod Weston is a Master Composter and an enthusiastic composter. He has 5 compost bins (3 daleks, a Green Johanna, an Aerobin 400) and a Green Cone food digester together with four  wormeries (one an indoor model), a separate dog poo wormery plus a desk-top wormery to illustrate talks and demonstrations. He won the NWLDC Green Footprints Award for Individuals and Families in 2011, appeared in "Mr Bloom Out and About" in 2014. In addition to composting at home he was a allotment  composter and has served as Chairman of his local allotment society, East Midlands Regional Representative and Vice Chairman of the National Allotment Society.

 He  runs the Composting Demonstration site at University of Leicester Botanic Garden, with a colleague, and previously operated "Compost Corner" the  Composting Display at Snibston Discovery Park. He is a member of the Community Composting Network and is a regular speaker at  Garden Clubs, U3A groups and allotment societies etc.

Sessions are also offered to schools etc. These include Compost Creatures and making Rotbots. Over 1200 Rotbots (a compost bin in a bottle) were made in one weekend when Mr Blooms Big Day Out came to Leicester in 2013.

There is no charge for talks and demonstrations although a small charge may be made to cover mileage. Brief details of standard talks are given below but stalks can be designed to meet the specific needs of any group.

Rod also has a stand that can be used to promote composting at fetes, open days, Company Eco days etc Contact him at




 Home and Allotment  composting.

Types of composting: trenches, heaps and bins, wormeries and bokashi systems. Locating the bin, home-made & commercially available bins. The composting process “greens” and “browns”. Harvesting and using compost. 

Food waste  composting. 

Composting of food waste. Advice on improving your green footprint by composting at home and work using composters suitable for: Schools, offices, residential homes, cafes and restaurants. The session can included information on Bokashi bins, the Green Cone food digester, Green Johanna, Hotbin, Jora, Ridan and Rocket ranges of composters capable of dealing with from 6 to 400 litres of waste each week right up to 1750 litres.

Compost Creatures

 A power point presentation showing the microorganisms and larger creatures involved in converting organic materials into compost. Plus some of the animal visitors sometimes found in the compost bin. This can be offered for adults or as a simple "Identify the Animal” activity for children. A practical session on trapping compost bugs can be included.


Introduction to vermiculture, home-made & commercially available wormeries. Dump and sort and stacking systems. Worm wee liquid feed. 

Dog Poo Wormeries

 The use of wormeries to convert with dog poo into compost for the flower garden. Session includes safety precautions and information on wormeries for single digs and up to wheelie bin size.

Compost, Comfrey, manure and nettle teas.

 An introduction to making a range of liquid fertilizers including both conventional and aerated compost tea (ACT)


Compost game

Devised for children. Sort plastic vegetables,” cooked” food and other  materialsby suitable waste disposal system e.g. conventional compost bin, wormery, food digesteror or for recycling or landfill. Can also be offered for adults as an Ice-breaker using laminated cards at the start of other sessions

 Garden safety

A session for Garden Clubs. Gardens are places where people want to relax and perhaps that’s why so many accidents happen there.. ..

Hazards and accidents in the garden, including Bill and Bens Revenge, the 5,300 flowerpot related accidents, that are reported annually.

 Allotment safety inspections

Use of a checklist system to carry out a realistic allotment safety audit and inspection (½ day or day workshop - can include on-site session) 

Allotment Health & Safety Risk Assessment.

Health and safety risks on the allotment and the preparation of a realistic risk assessment based on the actual likelihood and potential severity of injury.



Composting Demonstration site

Compost ready to be harvested from one of our Hotbin composters

For a number of years we have operated a  Home composting Demonstration site. This is currently housed at University of Leicester Botanic Garden although it is not shown on the plan of the site at the entrance to the garden. The demonstration shows a range of compost bins, wormeries and food digesters. The exhibition contains  composting systems to demonstrate the ease with which garden and kitchen waste can be converted into nutrient rich compost and liquid fertilizers such as Compost Tea.

 The wormeries and food composting bins are not currently in use as we have been unable to reach agreement on the provision of food waste for their operation. The liquid feed demonstration showing how to make compost tea, comfrey tea and worm wee does not operate over the winter months.

It is hoped to have a fully operational demonstration by the start of the growing season.


Please email   if you would like to arrange  a  ctalk on composting or a compost based  educational sessions for your school or club.