Tipped out one of the compost daleks today to get some wonderful crumbly stuff...as good as anything you can buy. The texture is amazing but the material at the bottom of the bin has been 'cooking' for about 18 months so it should be. This stuff forms the basis of my potting mixes and I made a start today on getting the tubs ready for the first of the greenhouse first early potatoes. Got 10 tubs ready and left them in the greenhouse to warm up for a week or two prior to planting time. I do the planting in batches spread over a few weeks to get some continuity of supply and it also avoids losing the lot if the weather turns very cold. Having said that, the greenhouse temperature rarely gets down to zero once we're into March.
Last year I increased the size of my open heap and reckon I should now be able to produce a couple of cubic metres a year which is more than enough for my needs. In addition there's the leaf mould so I'm starting to think I might have overdone the compost making. Oh, I forgot to mention that when the Bolton Fell peat works closed down last year and were selling off bags of multipurpose for £1 each I stockpiled about 600 litres of the stuff. Yep, definitely too much compost!
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