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Managing Your Allotment - Composting and Compost

Compost - making your own - plastic compost bins – wooden pallet compost bins - manure - leaf mould - worms - composting materials

Compost is a cornerstone of every allotment plot - essentail for healthy, fertile and productive soil.

Every plot should have at least one compost bin - preferably two or three.

I compost all of the weeds and finished crops on my plot. The only exception is foliage from blighted potatoes and tomatoes - these need to be disposed of in the general rubbish bin - or burned - to avoid spreading the blight spores.

I also compost my kitchen waste at home.


Compost Bins and Heaps

Compost bins come in two main types.

Home (allotment) made - usually constructed from wood.

Bought - usually made in black plastic.

I have both types on my allotment - and two plastic bins in my garden at home.

Home made bins are obviously cheaper - and fun to make - and can usually be constructed from scrap wood.

One of the best ways to do this is to make a Pallet Compost Bin - as I have. Simply acquire four wooden pallets - which can usually be got for free from local businesses or from neighbours who have had heavy deliveries. Place them in a square and fix together with medium gauge wire.

Plastic bins are easy and convenient - and material will generally compost down more quickly and efficiently in these. Also a quick solution if you haven't got the time or material to make your own.

If you don't have access to either - there is nothing wrong with an old fashioned compost heap in the corner of the plot.

 
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