Sunday, 20 May 2012

New compost bin and transplanting herbs and artichoke

Simon and Leila have built a 3-compartment compost bin out of wooden pallets, and started filling with a mixture of dry leaves, weed plants and kitchen waste. 

The compost bin is the other side of the (falling down) timber fence separating the allotments adjacent to Cremer House and the wild overgrown area. Heat can ALREADY be felt from the rapidly decaying organic matter.

Please feel free to add gardening or kitchen waste to the compost. Below is a list of what you can and can't compost:

You can compost:
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • crushed egg shells
  • grass cuttings, prunings, old bedding plants and hedge trimmings
  • scrunched or shredded paper and some kinds of cardboard
  • animal hair
  • vacuum dust (only from woollen carpets)
  • garden and pond plants
You shouldn't compost:
  • cat or dog excrement
  • meat and fish
  • dairy products
  • diseased plants
  • disposable nappies
  • shiny card
  • hard objects
A plastic wormery was bought quite a while ago which has never been used, and so I've bought a wormery re-start kit which includes everything to get it going (including the worms) and was thinking this could be kept by the raised beds at is smaller and the liquid feed from it could be used directly on the plants in the raised beds.

If you're interested here is link to the wormery we have.

Also, earlier I re-used an old sink and planted with mint and lemon balm transplanted from the allotments and planted strawberry in a terracotta pot.

And also planted planted some jerusalem artichokes within the large square bed. They are from last year, and I thought I'd eaten them all but must have missed digging up some as they've started growing back!!


  1. Where is this wormery FFS?

  2. It was by one of the raised beds, but the kids kept leaving the top off and a lot of the worms have dried out and died, so have moved to the Sue Godfrey garden where not quite so visible. If anyone does have a peek inside or add any kitchen waste PLEASE put the top back on after. Thanks..