Compost

In light of all that's happening we can obviously not get any compost.  I know that  have seems very trivial to be honest but we're trying to carry on as normally as we can safely.
   We a few bags standing and the compost bin is pretty full, thing is it's full of manure and veg peelings and they're only six months old.  Anyone know if there's a way to help the rotting down process?  Or if there are fruit and veg who could stand to have some of it mixed with the compost we do have?  Sorry if it's a stupid question.
   The garden is going to get even more attention than usual it seems this year.  Thank goodness we've got it or the kids would be climbing the curtains by now 😮.

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  • Rik56Rik56 WiganPosts: 293
    Its not a stupid question at all..
    Is the manure old & rotted or "fresh"?
    To help the composting process make sure you have about 2/3rds brown material (cardboard, dead plants etc) & 1/3rd green (grass clippings for example) - although 50/50 will be ok. Keep it moist - not too wet and covered (I use old carpet).
    You can add urine (I kid you not) - it adds nitrogen.
    As it is you could use it for French Beans later in the year when the frosts have passed. Dig a trench - throw in the compost bits fill over and plant yer bean seeds.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 4,326
    If you're using a dalek type compost bin then standing it in the sun and keeping the contents turned and well mixed with plenty of green material added should speed it up. Even out of the sun a good stir through with some grass clippings, nettles or comfrey can normally get the thing steaming away in no time.
  • Thanks so much that's really helpful.  It's a darlek and in the sun but I'll turn it over a bit and add more green.
      Manure is from back end of last summer.  I get a fresh delivery every day courtesy of the furry one 😁, but I usually don't collect it for the composter until after the spring grass starts and we've wormed (usually leave it a week after to make sure there's no traces in what we use).
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 521
    Aye you out in the sticks?

    2 garden centres around the area are delivering. Could this be happening in your area too?
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