Twiggy compost heap

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Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284106 sda
Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:53 pm

I put a lot of prunings from fruit shrubs in addition to vegetable trimmings in the compost heap. Someone told me the other day that it would take a couple of years to compost down - is that right? If so, what can I do to speed it up? There's also a bit of soil in there.

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284109 diggernotdreamer
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:51 am

the best way to speed it up is to shred it, or take your pruners and snip all the bits up really small and then put them into the bottom of the heap where they will get the wettest, which will help them to break down.

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284117 Green Aura
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:39 am

And pee on them. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284118 ina
Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:29 pm

Green Aura wrote:And pee on them. :iconbiggrin:


Yep - that's what I do, too!

I've got a whole heap of twigs that need using up; I intend to build another raised bed and will put a layer of chopped twigs in the bottom, before filling up with compost and whatever else comes to hand.
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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284120 sda
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:10 pm

Hmm... I'll just have to be patient, then.

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284125 dave45
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:00 pm

if I don't shred the twiggy bits, they emerge uncomposted ... and I put them round again for another cycle.
Maybe I should soak them first... nice idea

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284135 Skippy
Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:11 pm

I've had the same problem but have "solved" it by using the twigs as fuel ( great for something like a bread oven and also works well in the barbecue ) and then simply adding the resultant ashes to the soil or compost heap.

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284139 littlemissrose
Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:59 pm

Fruittreeprunings are apparently also good for smokingfood. It's supposed to give your food wonderfull flavour. Mind you I've never done it...

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284161 Skippy
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:36 pm

No I've never tried it as I haven't got round to building a smoker yet but have in the past chipped up fruit woods as well as oak for a friend of a friend who used it for smoking.

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284163 diggernotdreamer
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:55 pm

I give fruit tree prunings, they are very partial to apple wood, to my rabbits to chew up, they love them, so you could always find a local bunny

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284179 Skippy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:13 pm

I can remember coming home one day to find my father had cut up some bits of treated roof lath and had given them to the rabbits in an attempt to stop them chewing the doors of the sheds. Seemed to work as they certainly chomped on the treated timber and I expected to find a scene of mass bunny mortality but it didn't affect them at all , indeed some of them were practically ancient when they finally died.

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Re: Twiggy compost heap

Post: #284241 Thomzo
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:20 pm

Skippy wrote: indeed some of them were practically ancient when they finally died.


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