I’ve just broken open my compost bin , to find……

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    The best compost l have ever had !! . It’s dark brown , rich and crumbly , with loads of wriggly worms . Also , there are almost no dry edge bits which l have always had in the past ( l never have time to turn the heap ). The only thing l have done differently with this heap is adding Alpaca poo ( fresh from the source ) in layers throughout.
    I’m dead chuffed , has any body else used A. Poo as an activator ?.:poo:
     
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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Errrr no, we dont tend to get that many Alpacas around my these parts.;):biggrin:
       
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        As it happens there's an alpaca farm up the road, maybe I'll go knock on their door :)
         
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          I mentioned to a fellow plot holder the other day that l used A.poo and they said watch out for weed seeds in your compost , so l will keep an eye out and let know :)
           
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            Yes, I had a terrible experience with cow parsley cropping up where the brown had been. Nasty blisters you get from ours if you are ignorant of it's toxicity. Which applied to me!

            One bonus was there was a large intact orb which I used to plug a rodent hole. Take that, you dirty rat!
             
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              A similar mild day today 8c-9c
               
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                No we don't have Alpacas around here but could get horse but have a lot of seeds in it. Even though I get good compost from my bins, it doesn't heat up enough to kill the seeds. One year I put a lot of poppy seed heads in it and got a lot of poppies come up, but it was a nice surprise.
                 
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                  We are surrounded by horses so plenty of their free offerings to have. We have an Alpaca stable/ farm just a 10 min walk away, never even considered using theirs before...interesting.:blue thumb:
                   
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                    Around here, I've had the don't do that, do this brigade chiming on about farmed animals and anti biotics in the sh.. er, dung. There might be some substance to what they say, as my trachycarpus hasn't once come down with bronchitis:scratch::loll:
                     
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                      Tried it once, but ended up with my trousers around me ankles with my butt stuck in the neck of the dalek compost bin............gave the neighbours gardener a hell of a fright .:yikes::yikes::yikes:
                       
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                        I once had a great addition to both compsting and straightforward 'digging in' and that was goat manure! I kept bees so swapped manure for honey! The organic matter was rich and really accelerated the composting process, even in plastic containers!
                         
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                          Sounds good @Glynne Williams ! . I’ve never tried goat manure but having just Googled it , l think it would be an excellent choice. Thanks for the info .:smile:
                          First find your goat …………
                           
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