Talkback: Emptying the compost bin

oldchippyoldchippy Posts: 244
Hi Kate this not about compost but about your Sid,I think he has moved to Ewell I was woken by a blackbird at 5am this morning singing his lovely head off,All I have is worms and slugs in my compost bin.



  • all l have is weeds  in my compost bin. l was going to empty it today but the rain has not stoped so l am hoping that l can do it on saturday


  • Last year I found a rat on our compost heap at the allotment. I don't know who was the most suprised! The rat ran off back to the nearby brook, but I've been wary ever since and usually get my husband to lift the cover
  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591
    My compost Dalek bins had to be moved when my new design raised bed veg. garden was built. I left everything in a heap and made sure there was shelter for anything that wanted it and the workmen built the beds round the heaps. When I spread the contents in the beds there was no sign of my very long slow worms but now the repositioned bins are half full the slow worms have taken up residence again.
  • oldchippyoldchippy Posts: 244
    Kate,I haven't seen a Hedgehog for years and I haven't seen a slow worm ever,Just Sid your Black Bird and a couple of woody's eating the leave's on my golden plumb.

    Dave Oldchippy.
  • My compost bin has worked very well over the years but this year it is jammed in the middle,inspite of hefty blowsdownward.I now have to scrape away from under with a trowel !!!

  • i found a rat in mine the other day, and we both had a very unpleasant experience with my spade-less pleasant for the rat though. horrid
  • Great blog post. Thanks.

    I might try to plant left over seed potatoes in one of my larger compost bays, using well rotted manure through straw and hemp. Fingers crossed. 

  • Thanks for your comments.

    @oldchippy - so that's where he is! I hope you're looking after him. He can get quite aggressive in spring.

    @Margaret5 and @fieldfest - my mum once had a rat in her compost and made me evict it, on Boxing Day! She said it was my fault as I made her garden more wildlife friendly but all she got was rats and wasps. Still, it was the only rat I've seen in a compost bin in 20 years of composting...

    @happymarion - I think they like warm heaps, so it would make sense that a new heap is more attractive to slow worms as it's breaking down. I am very jealous of your slow worms!

  • Ive never had a hedgehog in my bin but every year l get a family of mice nesting in between the layers, l carefully emptied some of the compost out and found the little babies, thank goodness l didn't dive straight in with the fork l carefully placed them to one side cosy in a plant pot with moss inside emptied a bit out then placed them back in where upon Mummy mouse came back and during the summer saw them climb my bird stand to pinch the peanuts and sunflower seeds!
  • I have a pile of old bits of wood next to my compost bin and last year I found 2 toads sheltering there, with yellow stripes down their backs. My slugs have not been so bothersome this year, so my old bits of wood are there to stay.

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