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My Boring Photo Collection

But sometimes boring, mundane things are the things that make me happy. 

Quite a few years ago I bought a couple of compost bins because composting is the right thing to do, we have the space and all that stuff. We filled both of the bins and then just didn't do anything with them, they've just sat there for years doing who knows what. Since then we've all learned the world is on fire, I've turned a corner with the garden and everything is calling me to act. So this weekend it became very important to face the potentially stinky, mouse-ridden, stinky, uncomposted, sludgy mess of the bins, so yesterday Dan started the job, in the rain and the wind.


We piled the contents of the first bin into trugs, nothing was smelly, or slimy, there were a couple of insects and spiders, but that was it - not even a slug!


We sifted everything and bagged the compost, well I call it compost, I assume I can call it that but it wasn't the rich, lovely, earthy stuff I see on the telly when people make compost, but then again I'd paid no attention to it so why should it be good? It was a bit sandy and very fine, but then again our soil is sandy so it makes sense.

This is what we sifted out


Rooty bits, plastic, wood, teabag ghosts, cardboard, peach stones and orange peels. Considering we hadn't really chopped anything up I was pleasantly surprised at how well things had broken down. 

There were also lots of stones and bits of crock from where pots had been emptied without any thought, as I said, we weren't really into the garden at the time. 


One of the bins has been repositioned, freeing up space for other things. 


It's in a more shaded area now, but we'll see how it goes. 


A couple of broken tiles were made into steps and I put up a wonky bamboo structure for some sweet peas. The task for the rest of the day is how to care for my compost properly!

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  1. I too love the boring bits of life. I am terrible for managing our compost bin. I don't do anything but throw stuff into it. I don't think I've emptied it for a couple of years now. We do usually get some good compost out of it when I do empty it though. Your garden's looking great. I'm pleased to hear that you're enjoying it more now.

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    1. Thank you so much, it's really nice to walk out there now and see the pretty things rather than just a huge amount of work to be done. I think it's easier to enjoy it now Dan's on board and it doesn't just feel like I'm toiling away not getting anywhere.

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  2. I have often thought about composting, but wonder if I can do it properly. I will be checking out how you are doing with yours.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm hoping to take it more seriously this time, so I'm reading lots of blogs and have found some interesting information on YouTube, I'll be sure to let you know how I get on.

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  3. A few years ago I had a compost bin like yours, but for some reason it never seemed to work for me. X

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    1. I only ended up with this type due to price, they were on special offer from somewhere via the council. Do you have a different composter now?

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  4. Well worth the effort and saves so much money.

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    1. It is, we've got so much out of the two bins, I'm quite impressed.

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  5. It's looking great. I often find the moring 'boring' photographs a great way to document all the bits in between.

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad I've documented the garden here, I'm always surprised at how different it looks now. Thanks for dropping by.

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  6. We have 4 of those bins and all the compostable kitchen waste is chucked in. They take ages to fill as the contents keep rotting down. The rotted compost is just incorporated into the soil in the garden and anything still rotting down is put back to the bottom of the pile.
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    1. I have been wondering how long it will take to fill. I intend to empty the bunny litter trays in there as we have before, which should reduce our general bin waste by about 90%, there's not much of anything else though so I'll have to be careful.

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  7. The city picks up our compost and adds it to a municipal heap. It would be better to have my own bin onsite because I do have flower gardens. I have a leaf pile and in the summer, I can dig up new soil formed from last year's leaves...it is hard work, but beautiful black soil.

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    1. We have a green waste collection for any garden waste, so we use that but food waste isn't allowed, it was accepted in the past but I assume the composting facility has changed or something.

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