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By Great

London, United Kingdom Gb

Compost question. I have filled a wire mesh compost cube with twigs and thin branches, (it's actually a leaf mould container really!) there are lots of leaves and some soil in it as well. What is the best way to get it to rot down quickly? Do I water it? It is in a shady spot is that a help or a hinderence?



Great - those twigs and branches won't rot down. I'm afraid. Well, not for many years! They need shredding first. You need a mixture of small amounts of leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper, peelings from vegetables etc, and yes, some soil if you have any spare. It will all rot quicker in a sunny place IF you water it occasionally, too. Turn the contents every so often, that helps.

17 Apr, 2010


To be honest I thought someone would say that. I was thinking of getting a shredder but they are so expensive. Feels criminal to put hem in the bin! They are taking up space though.I n the area for my wildlife section of the garden. I was worried that if I left them in a pile they might sprout!!!!

17 Apr, 2010


Some of the garden geezers around here swear by a machete and an old stump, but one of these guys, due to the state of his fingers, is called "Old Stumpy" : )

Seriously, maybe you could dry them thoroughly and use them as pea or perennial supports.

17 Apr, 2010


You may be able to hirer a shredder Great? If not pile them up in a quiet corner for wildlife to use?

17 Apr, 2010


and a little bit of wee helps in the compost process. can you burn the twigs? then use the wood ash thinnly on the soil around shrubs.

17 Apr, 2010

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