Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A message from your Compost King: come forth and help compost

Now that all the hysteria about the new royal arrival at Kensington Palace has calmed down, we can concentrate on our own palace, and the important georgical act of composting.

It all starts at the first bay, the one marked with the green arrows.

Ideally, lift up the cover, and stir the top of the contents around.  If it looks dry, add some water.  Then add your gifts of kitchen scraps or garden waste, put on a layer of ripped-up newspaper, and spray some more water on top.

If you’re short of time, as a minimum put in your kitchen scraps and add an equal amount of ripped up newspaper.  Hopefully the next person will have time to stir it up and add water.

What to add:
What not to add:
Vegetable and fruit peelings
Egg shells
Tea bags
Coffee grounds
Meat and bones
Dairy products
Diseased plants
Glossy paper
Dog or cat droppings

What else can you do to help:
  • Join the compost crew, help fork the compost and share the pride of a well run palace.  Send an email to or talk to one of us at the next garden and gather Sunday.
  • Bring along your newspaper (no glossy inserts please), and rip them up into the black bin next to the palace.  Please don’t leave them lying outside where they will blow about.
Future posts will talk about the compost tumbler, and the other bays.  Keep your eyes out for regular workshops at future garden&gather sessions.

From The Compost King