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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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Comment by Trevor Alun Davies on February 16, 2015 at 21:43

I built a new, larger compost bin last year. my intention was to fill it well then leave it to rot down, but I found it was rotting faster than I could fill it, so I never got there!

But to answer your question, no, surely you can never, ever have to much compost. Sounds to me like your in compost heaven!

Comment by Damo on February 17, 2015 at 18:19

I could do with some of that Colin!  I normally buy in what I use for sowing / potting in bulk at the start of each season and what I produce myself gets dug into the beds.  I'd love to have as much as you do in stock!

Comment by Colin Robinson on February 17, 2015 at 21:24

I think compost is a state of mind. Everywhere I look I see things that can be composted. My wife even thinks I follow the same principle with the cloths I wear!

Comment by Mark Willis on February 22, 2015 at 15:54

I seldom have enough compost! I have three "Dalek" bins, but one of them is used exclusively for leaves. A lot of the material that goes into ours is veg-peelings from the kitchen, so mostly "green" stuff. The bins produce anaerobically, with most of the work done by worms, and I don't get enough heat to cook the stuff properly, more's the pity. Still, the material that comes out is pretty good after a year or so. How do people get the finished compost out? The little flap at the bottom of this type of bin is useless, and I find that lifting the whole bin upwards and off sometimes works, but can be difficult.

Comment by Gareth Howell on February 28, 2015 at 10:05

Compost is so important in spain that they even named a Pilgrimage city after it.....

Santiago de la Compostela  St James of the Compost Heap, literally translated!

Go there and say your prayers to the relics of St James!

We would all be too busy to go there on July 24th which is Spain's national Saint's day.

How would they like it if the English  called one of their cities St George's of the rubbish tip?

Comment by Mark Willis on February 28, 2015 at 10:42

Well Gareth, nice theory, but I remain to be convinced!

This is what it says on Wikipedia (not always a reliable resource!):

Santiago is the local Galician evolution of Vulgar Latin Sanctu Iacobu "Saint James". According to legend, Compostela derives from the Latin Campus Stellae (i.e., "field of the star"); it seems unlikely, however, that this phrase could have yielded the modern Compostela under normal evolution from Latin to Medieval Galician. Other etymologies derive the name from Latin compositum, local Vulgar Latin Composita Tella, meaning "burial ground", or simply from Latin compositellam, meaning "the well-composed one". Other sites in Galicia share this toponym, akin to Compostilla in the province of León.

Comment by Bobby on March 5, 2015 at 13:40

I'm not sure it is possible to overdo compost making, Colin!

Comment by Kiwi Medic on April 19, 2015 at 9:19

I have 2 black bins and a pile. My black bins never seem to look quite as good as that,, even by adding all sorts including the dogs fur!

Do you have yours in full or part sun? I would love to get my compost looking like that!

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