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Over the last couple of years, I have created my garden into being wildlife friendly. My lastest project is composting. I have been told by a few people that I need to add something to the compost to break it down. Does anyone know if there is anything available that would be wildlife friendly?


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Hello Paula - you shouldn't need to add anything to a compost heap if you have the right balance of soft, wet and hard,dry material, air, water and time.

    Getting a compost heap to cook is a bit of a skill that you learn in the same way that you learn to cook in the kitchen. Some cakes turn out well, others not.

    I find that everyday kitchen waste such as cauliflower leaves, grass cuttings and so on add enough water, chipped branches from shrubs add enough "fibre" and old envelopes (seethrough windows removed) and other bits of paper add cellulose to help. I have an open heap which I cover with a large sheet of plastic to keep the slugs and snails in place and I just add a bit every day and wait. 

    If it is very lucky, I might add a bit of horse or sheep dropping to it, as and when a passing animal leaves a bit at my gate. Other than that, I just leave it alone and it works.

    good luck!

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,203

    Agree completely. After all the professional Council recycling compost makers do not add anything to their heaps. They just keep them watered and turned, every day.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954

    Universal Household Activator- get the men of the house to pee on it.

     Extremely cheap source of Nitrogen to get it going.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,438

    fidget image True though!

    Guinea pig poo is supposed to be the best but if you have friends or neighbours who have rabbits or small (vegetarian) pets you could ask for the 'manure' as it's a good  addition. Shavings are the usual bedding material for them and that helps the process along too. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    That universal household activator reminds me of a story my mother told me. When she was newly married in the early nineteen forties her neighbour gave her a big bunch of rhubarb as a moving into the new house present. The houses were all back to backs with a "nessie" in the garden. My mum said to the neighbour, in thanks for the gift, "Ooh what wonderful rhubarb, it's so big" - neighbour replied "oh aye, it's t'night soil tha' knows." 




  • Thanks for all your replies. They have all been a big help.

  • patty3patty3 Posts: 129

     I have comfrey growing in my garden

    and that is suposed to speed up the composting process

    when added to the mix!


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