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2008-09-06 03:00:12

By Anonymous Dynamic Compost Tea, based in Nelson, New Zealand, brews compost tea in a 2,000-liter silo. It takes about 24 hours, with 150 liters resulting from every 15 metric tons of compost with each batch tested before use. Robert Luff, of Dynamic Compost Tea, starts with soil tests and analysis at a specific farm, and then decides on the quantity and strength of the tea to be used. The company has worked on restoring the biological balance to the soil on more than 200 farms over the...

2008-08-26 06:00:34

GARDENERS in Nuneaton and Bedworth are being encouraged to replace aging mowers with mulching mowers. Unlike conventional mowers, which collect grass clippings, the new style mulching lawn mowers operate a system which recycles the clippings as it mows. The new system chops the grass clippings into fine particles, which are then pushed into the turf out of sight. There are no grass bags or collectors to empty and no trips to the compost bin. The result is a perfect lawn finish that claims...

2008-08-21 09:00:38

KEEN Nuneaton composter David White is the winner of Warwickshire County Council's Recycle Now home composting golden bin competition. Mr White ordered a compost bin as part of Compost Awareness Week celebrations in May, and is now the winner of pounds 50 of garden centre vouchers, donated by DHL, the logistics company that delivers compost bins for the Recycle Now Compost at HomeCampaign. The new compost bin will enable Mr White, of Oakdene Crescent, to recycle nearly a third of his...

2008-08-21 00:00:26

W ith prices for artificial chemical fertilisers at an all-time high, West Cornwall specialist The Green Waste Company has launched a new product for farmers to make cost savings while boosting their eco credentials. For the past eight years, the firm has converted waste wood into mulch and wood-chip products and the green waste produced by households and horticultural businesses across the county into compost, which has been previously restricted for use on its own land at Downs Farm,...

2008-08-19 18:00:00

By Darren Smith HIGH summer is here and if you have a garden, you probably have to cut the lawn and trim the plants regularly. Ornamental lawns can be cut every three days in rapid growth conditions. Your average family lawn should be cut about once a week. It all adds up to a lot of grass and plant material that has to be disposed of. Of course, you can home compost, but this is not possible for some either through space or skill constraints. Compost making can be a bit of a...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

By Tony Henderson NEW gardener Violet Diver tabled a rotten exhibit in her inaugural flower and vegetable show. But she came away with first prize as her beautifully rotted entry won the compost class in North Tyneside's annual horticulture and health show at The Parks Centre in North Shields. Violet, 44, has taken over her own plot next door to that of teacher husband Brian at Wallsend's West Street allotments site. And it was compost-making which caught the imagination of Violet, who...

2008-08-14 00:00:00

Residents fear a giant composting plant planned for the outskirts of a rural village could be a health hazard. Villagers in Moreton-on-Lugg, between Hereford and Leominster, say they will fight plans to bring a county's garden waste to a local farm so it can be turned into lorryloads of compost. They fear processing the grass, soil and leaves will send dangerous spores into the atmosphere which will affect vulnerable people such as asthmatics. Locals decided to fight the plant after a...

2008-08-13 15:00:31

Chose your site, somewhere sunny and sheltered from prevailing winds, such as the cold easterly, the freezing southerly or hot north-westerly. Most gardens have such a place. There are two ways to prepare a site for vegetables, but do not attempt to do either if the ground is still wet. Clear the site of weeds, grasses and other unwanted plants, then: For a no-dig garden, lay down a thick mat of newspaper, followed by 10cm to 15cm of compost - if you haven't been making your own, you...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

FARMINGTON - It's not too late to start composting. Late summer and fall are ideal to prepare the garden or outside plants by adding as many nutrients as possible to keep them strong for the approaching winter. This year, Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering compost bins for a late summer pick-up. The 30-inch x 35- inch bins, a wingdigger to make turning easier and kitchen scrap pail are available for $75 plus tax. Orders must be received by Friday, Aug. 22....

2008-08-08 00:00:20

Residents in the Bath area put out a record amount of material for composting in a month - an amount equivalent to nearly 120 double-decker buses. The 940-ton record in May was the highest ever collected by Bath and North East Somerset Council's fortnightly garden waste and cardboard collection service. Cllr Charles Gerrish (Con, Keynsham North), who is in charge of customer services, said: "Bath and North East Somerset Council is delighted residents have recycled a record amount of...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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