Compost in containers

My garden is all containers and high raised beds. I have several pots with plants that now need replacing or getting rid of altogether.  Can I just tip the whole thing (compost and plant ) into my compost heap or do I need to get rid somewhere else like my council garden bin? image  The pots contained perennials so are thick with roots, but pest and disease free as far as I can tell.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,231

    So long as there are no nasties in there like vine weevil grubs, tip the lot in your compost bin.


    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Yes agree with fidget - re use and re cycle!

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632



  • Ok I'll recycle!  Since its going to be quite tough and fibrous, should I use a compost speeder upper (Darn.What IS it called? image)and if so what would you recommend ? The heap is an open one not in a bin.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,231

    Chop up any plants into smaller bits.  Use Universal Household Activater. (get the men in the house to pee on the compost heap)  Little boys up to the age of about 30 love this game.

    If no men,  get the women to use a bucket and then tip it on. It will rot faster if you cover it over with a compost sack or bit of old carpet.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Sounds good....I love it when it's free!  Never get hubby to agree though - he's not the pee outside type and definitely not in favour of buckets for anyone!  Will have to use use a commercial product! image

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