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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tips for when you are adding things to the compost heap

When adding items to the compost heap there are a few tips that are useful -
  • Do not add too many grass clippings at one time.  The reason for this is that they are better added over a period of time in a smaller quantity, otherwise too much grass cuttings added at one time can slow down the composting process.
  • When you add paper to the compost heap, scrunch it up into a ball that helps to create air pockets which are good news when composting.
  • Cardboard tubes are good to add to the heap for the same reason they help prevent the heap compacting down too much. Air is vital to the heap to make it compost down faster.
  • Turn the heap from time to time to mix it.
  • Add water if the heap is too dry and cardboard if it is too wet, you will know how to tell which it needs.
Basically a heap that is too wet will look like a soggy heap and too dry it just sits there without rotting down.
BTW When a compost heap is working well it rarely smell nasty.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote