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Composting

Home Composting for Beginners


Home Composting for Beginners is part of our Kitchen Garden Collection under Grow your Own. In this section of Home Farmer we look at the best things you can do with compost in the comfort of your home. From creating your own personal Wormery to making your own Liquid Compost.
How to Make Compost Quickly

How to Make Compost Quickly

Keen grower, Mick Poultney, describes his tried-and-tested technique for producing nutritious and natural compost in just three weeks Compost is essential for the self-sufficient gardener because it’s a recycling of waste products and a free resource which can boost your crops, so it’s worth taking time to get it right. As a result of trial […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Grow Veg in Compost Heap

How to Grow Veg in Compost Heap

Make the most of an otherwise unproductive and often overlooked space – the compost heap! Mark Abbott-Compton shows how to prepare and use yours to grow the best courgettes ever. While it’s being made, the space taken up by the compost bin is normally unproductive… but it really doesn’t have to be. Courgettes, squash and […]

How to Recycle Grow Bag Compost

How to Recycle Grow Bag Compost

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food For Free (Well Almost) shares his tips on reusing spent compost from containers and Growbags. See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/organic-soil-improvement/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/home-made-fertiliser-recipes/   Container growers know all too well that at the end of the season, once everything is harvested, they can be left with piles of spent compost. This can […]

Home Made Fertiliser Recipes

Home Made Fertiliser Recipes

Feed your soil and the soil will feed your plants, and if that feeding can be done almost for free and naturally, then all the better, says Elizabeth McCorquodale See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-have-liquid-compost-on-tap/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/organic-soil-improvement/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/making-your-own-liquid-fertiliser/   Look around any home or garden and you will find a host of raw materials that are perfect for being […]

Your Guide to Green Manures

Your Guide to Green Manures

Elizabeth McCorquodale sings the praises of green manures – multi-purpose crops that both feed the soil and act as a plot caretaker till your next crop is safely installed See also: Liquid Compost on Tap Composting with Worms Making a Worm Composter   Green manures are a hard-working, mixed bag of plant species that have […]

By February 4, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Liquid Compost On-Tap – How to Guide

Liquid Compost On-Tap – How to Guide

John Butterworth was so impressed by the properties and hardiness of comfrey that he built an outdoor and an indoor composter to process it. Here’s how he did it Driven by the very healthy-looking patch of comfrey growing right outside the polytunnel – still green, lush and flowering in October – I thought I’d build […]

By January 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Does Volcanic Rock Dust Work?

Does Volcanic Rock Dust Work?

Numerous claims have been made about using volcanic rock dust to regenerate your soil; it is beneficial as top dressing, improving your compost as well as a good activator and accelerator and  it’s a tonic for wormeries. Members of the Inverleith Allotments were asked to share their experiences using REMIN (Scotland) volcanic rock dust to […]

By December 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Organic Soil Improvement

Organic Soil Improvement

Mike Hedges of Chase Organics, producers of The Organic Gardening Catalogue   talks about organic soil improvement and answers common questions on soil improvement. I have never been a ‘non-organic’ gardener, but have encountered quite a few over the years, clinging onto a chemical ‘security blankets’ and the idea that the soil is just something that […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to make Leaf Mould

How to make Leaf Mould

Jayne Neville looks at how to make leaf mould out of the fallen autumn leaves  – it’s pleasant, dark brown, crumbly, useful stuff. It is a good soil improver, lawn conditioner and mulch, and you can use it in seed and potting mixes too. See also: Composting with Worms Starting a Wormery Building and Using […]

Starting your own Wormery

Starting your own Wormery

Jayne Neville looks at starting your own wormery. See also: Composting with Worms Building and Using a Wormery How to Make Leaf Mould An excellent way of making your own super-rich compost is by setting up a worm bin or wormery. Wormeries are great because you can add most of your household waste to them, […]

By November 9, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

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