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I have a new 300ltr compost bin, lots of paper...

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Fluffycloudland77 Sat 29-Mar-14 08:21:48

& a green bin 1/3 full of moss, grass & thatch.

My plan is to scrunch up all the paper, cut up all the cardboard & layer it with the greenery, and then mix it all together with a broom handle.

Discuss/point out flaws in my plan!.

I'll have lawn clippings tomorrow to add to it.

ShimmeringInTheSun Sat 29-Mar-14 08:31:41

ooh! cooking compost!

This is what I do:

Shred the paper first - much easier to mix in and break down.
As I layer everything, I sprinkle a little soil in between the layers.
I find a garden fork much easier to turn everything rather(approx once a month)than use a broom handle.
Finally I occasionally add some water to it, then cover the whole lot with a piece of old carpet (but you will have a lid with your bin?). This will keep it warm and help it to 'cook'.

Not sure about adding cardboard, as mines always gone into the recycling bin.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 29-Mar-14 08:35:27

I have a lidded one yes. My instructions said cardboard could be used.

I haven't got a garden fork. I'm waiting for the sales blush

ShimmeringInTheSun Sat 29-Mar-14 08:57:53

Well that's fine if cardboard can be used smile . I think I'd just break it up into as smaller pieces as possible then.

Have fun !

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 29-Mar-14 09:50:04

Does it smell bad as it rots down?

mayihaveaboxofchoculaits Sat 29-Mar-14 09:57:43

like ambrosia!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 29-Mar-14 13:56:58

Done it.

Layer of scrunched & shredded paper, layer of brown bin contents repeated.

Does it sink down the bin as it rots?

Dh not convinced it will work.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 29-Mar-14 13:58:14

Sounds good to me!

It will shrink down as it composts. Shredded paper mixed with grass cutting makes wonderful compost and quite quickly too.

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