Events and news
I am giving the following talks and attending the events on composting over the next three months.
3rd May Talk at Welwyn Garden City for allotment gardeners. Organised by the Council Allotment Officer. Starts at 7pm
9 May Attending NWLDC Composting Road Show at Coalville Market 10-2pm. Part of Intenational Compost Awareness Week activities. Information on Composting, current council offers on bins etc.
10th May. Talk starting at 4pm Composting with Worms at Buckingham Nurseries & Garden Centre.
24th May Home Composting talk Market Harborough 1:30 - 3pm Talk to Carers for Voluntary Action South Leicestershire
27th 28th May Food Gusto Festival at Ashby de la Zouch. We will have a stand at this two day event promoting home composting of food and garden waste
3rd June Talk to Duffield Garden Club Composting at Home and on the Allotment
6th June Stand at Brocks Hill Country Park Promoting composting and giving children the chance to make Rotbots (a compost bin in a bottle)
10th June 12pm - 5pm Stand at Loughborough Picnic in the Park event organised by Charnwood Arts
12 June Cross Farm Garden Club A change from the composting theme a talk on Garden Safety looking at peoples efforts to injure themselves in the garden. including Bill and bens Revenge the 4.000+ serious accidents invoving flower pots
Blackberries enter the composting chain when we are clearing an overgrown site to make a garden or when pruning a plant grown for fruit. The thorns make the plant difficult to handle when composting and the previous years growth will be dry and hard and as a consequence very slow to decomposting in the compost heap. A new page at www.carryoncomposting looks at composting bramble and the advantages of shredding the plant. Its use in making a Dead Hedge is also considered as this offers both a wildlfe haven and a easy to build screen for the composting area.
I have now added a page to www.carryoncomposting.com on composting wood chip and sawdusts. The use of composted wood chip and sawdust as a bulking agent in food composters is quite common and wood chip may be used as a source of carbon in conventional compost bins as well as being composted after use as chicken or pet bedding.
Fresh wood chip produced by landscape gardeners from woodland maintenance and tree surgery may also be available to allotment societies to make paths and any surplus could be used as mulch or to make compost.
In addition to chippings from trees, branches (including leaves) wood chip is a term used to describe a range of wood products including sawmill residues and sawdust.
However, concerns are often raised by home composters as to whether woodchip or wood-based compost is safe to use because of the risk of nitrogen depletion. This is addressed along with other aspects in the addition to the website at Wood Chip Composting.
This International Compost Awareness Week Garden Organic and us Master Composters are helping to get more people composting by running compost training sessions all across the UK. Composters will deliver short, simple training sessions during the week, with the aim to empower non-composters with the knowledge and inspiration they need to start.
If you've never composted before, or are looking to improve your existing composting, come along to your nearest workshop to pick up some hints and tips.
The Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that the use of a home compost bin diverts approximately 150 kilogrammes of waste per household away from landfill sites each year, and of course it produces valuable rich compost to help out in the garden, so isn't it about time you gave composting a go?
I will be putting together my activities soon. I have one event provisional planned a talk on Wormeries at
Buckingham Nurseries and Garden Centre
at 4pm 10th May
www.buckinghamgardencentre.co.uk tel 01280 827910
I have added a new page to www.carryoncomposting.com covering toxic and invasive plants. This includes poisonous leaves such as Rhubarb, and the myth that the leaves will poison your composting bin, the compost and all grow in it, together with irritant undesirable plants (not forgetting our useful friend the stinging nettle) as well as plants such as Common Ragwort, Thistles, Docks. Hogwort and Japanese Knotweed
While recognising that all living things can be composted given time it is better that some are not just in case a piece of viable root or a few seeds survive and are spread with the compost.
More information on wood chip and sawdust etc will be follow soon.