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  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,846

    Top bird. Thank you, it is a labour of love, most of the time!

    i use my tumbler for kitchen waste only.  We have big bins for garden stuff

    the kitchen waste is ready in about three weeks, you have to remember to turn it.

    cant see why it wouldn't  be the same for garden. Might not do the twiggy bits

    Your garden looks lovely, put some latest ones on gallery?

     

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 4,843

    Thanks Lily Pilly. It certainly sounds as though a tumbler might be good for a combination of kitchen waste and small soft garden waste.

    For the moment I'm not putting kitchen waste in my big garden bins because I am a bit on the phobic side when it comes to rats. I did use kitchen waste until a rat took up residence in my old wooden bin & now I'm very careful(a bit on the OCD side about it if I'm honest!)

    But a tumbler is off the ground and as near to rat proof as it's possible to get and it would be good to start recycling the kitchen stuff again. Three weeks is really quick - so I think you might have convinced me to supplement the big garden bins.

    Thanks for your nice comments about my garden. Unfortunately that's my old garden! We moved a couple of years ago & I'm working hard to make a garden here from nothing - unfortunately we also have a house to do so progress is slow but I'm starting to get there. Might post some before and after pics soon....

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,846

    Found my ancient instructions. It is made by Joraform a Swedish company 

    I dont remember it as being that expensive but as it can be used all year round it is really worth it. No problem with any rodents, just noticed sone wasps in this afternoon.

    i keep it in full sun.  Good luck with the new garden, so exciting to have a blank canvas!  Would you like to borrow our rotavator?image 

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 4,843

    Thanks Lily P - that's very helpful - will have a look see.

    I'd love to borrow your rotavator - I could do a lot of damage with that!! imageimageFortunately for the cat and the neighbours I have a man who brings his own when I need that sort of work doing.

    It is fun (if a bit daunting at times) making a new garden and I'm doing it bit by bit. Some things I know exactly how they should be - other bits are a little harder to visualise. My OH is quite impatient & doesn't 'get' gardening so he sometimes finds it hard to understand that it is often better to let a garden take it's own shape over time - he enjoys the results tho' - especially on a hot day with a cold beer in hand!

    It is only about 1/3 of an acre (much smaller & less grand than yours appears to be) but is plenty big enough for me to play in.

    Would love to come and see your garden if you ever decide to open it to the public.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Hi Topbird, I have 2 medium Daleks and 1 large one (only got it a few weeks ago). I don't have bases for them, but they are situated in a sunny position on DPC, covered with gravel. In 10 years or so have never had problems with rats. The best way to deter rats is to situate bins near a high traffic area in your garden, the rats don't like that. So, for example, all my bins are just next to where I park the car, and on the way to the wood and kindling store. Also I empty kitchen waste into the bin at least once a day also garden waste. There is just too much activity for them to feel safe.

    You could always hit the side of your bin with a bamboo cane every time you pass byimage

    The Henry Doubleday Assoc. is now Garden Organic.image

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 4,843

    Thanks Artjak - that's a useful tip - I shall have a bamboo cane at the ready whenever I go outside!

    Seriously though,  finding a rat in the bin was a bad moment for me & which is why I  take A LOT of preventative measures to prevent it happening again.

    Ryton Gardens (home of Garden Organic) is  a really good day out for anyone with the slightest interest in composting and organic gardening (or just gardening in general)  isn't it? So much to learn & really good gardens too if memory serves me right.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • I put weed killer on weeds some weeks ago, now pretty dead.  I'm planning on strimming off first.  Am I right to put this stuff on the compost heap?

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 4,843
    Hester - Artjak will almost certainly know the definitive answer to your question.

    I think it prob depends on the weedkiller used



    If a non-residual glyphosphate & the weeds are dead you are probably ok. If, however, you used a residual weedkiller then I think you should dispose of them elsewhere as there's a risk of weedkiller remaining in your compost which won't do plants any good when you come to use it.

    Wait & see if Artjak picks this up before acting though.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,536

    I never compost anything I've sprayed with weedkiller .... but I agree with Topbird, wait an see what Artjak says - she is the Compost Master.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Thank you Topbird and Dove.

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