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At this time of year there is not much dead material to add to the compost heap rather than the weekly grass cuttings, a few weeds and a bit of kitchen waste. I do put in some shredded newspaper and I turn the heap ocassionally but the amount of grass clippings is large and vastly outweighs anything else.

In order to prevent the heap from turning into a smelly, soggy mess, is it simply a question of finding somewhere else to put my load of grass clippings or is there something else that members may be able to suggest?


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    There will soon be shrubby prunings when the flowering shrubs are done, I keep many dry leaves and instead of using them to make leaf mold I add them to the compost heap around now.  Shredded paper is good, torn up and crushed carboard good with your lawn cuttings, and weeds whch are not dreadful things like dock or ground elder.  Egg shells, crushed, are good, all yur vegetable peelings etc. of course, the garden will rovide plenty in due course, just keep lightening the load for now, with the card and shreded newpaper. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904

    Ask around - do you know anyone who keeps guinea pigs, chickens or rabbits?  Ask them if they throw their bedding away - if they do offer to take it off their hands for them image

    One of my colleagues brings all her guinea pigs' poo and bedding to work for me.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • TootsietimTootsietim Posts: 178

    If you have too many clippings to compost, then they can be used as a mulch, but you do have to ensure that they have not been treated with lawn weedkillers etc.

    I take my neighbours clippings to supplement my own and use them around the veg.

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