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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

News Hot Off the Press: Guardian Blog Guest Post

In celebration of Compost Awareness Week, The Guardian Gardening Blog is publishing a post every day. It's my turn to feature today - do hop on over there to find out what Johanna's doing in my garden.

Am I chuffed or what :)

11 comments:

  1. Oh, VP - I want a Johanna too! I haven't heard of them before and they sound brilliant.

    I have a big black 'dalek' style compost bin and there is no-where to put it except in the shade.

    What's more, I always have a problem with sticks and fibrous things. I don't have enough to warrant the council coming to collect them as 'garden waste' and I'm not able to have a bonfire. (Regret, regret. Bonfires are one of the very best bits of gardening and I feel deprived.) So to have a composter that requires a layer of twigs, well . . . !

    And there isn't room for turning the compost. It still 'works' but would work better if it got more aerated so to have a turner sounds good too.

    I'll have to watch out for what our council is doing. (Though I don't hold out great hopes for it!)

    Esther

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  2. Esther - if you go into the final link in the article and type in your postcode where it askes you to, you'll be able to if your local council has a 'deal' on Johannas. Fingers crossed that they do!

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  3. Cool! Or, indeed, warm! This reminds me to put my thermometer into my compost bin. Mine usually is a slow cooking, so it doesn't get so warm, but I noticed all the beer good and old barley is making it steam! :)

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  4. Hi VP - I did as you suggested but our council doesn't offer this kind of bin.

    There was an extra link about other discounts in our area. Apparently I can buy one for £98:00 including delivery. (This is beyond my pocket.) I'm not sure how much of a 'discount' this is either. It says the manufacturer's recommended price is £98:99. Wow!

    Esther

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  5. P.S. I tried to pick your post on Blotanical but I can hardly do anything there at present. I pressed the button and a little wheel came up and whirled and whirled . . . and whirled and whirled . . . and Sylvia's pick came up on the screen . . . and my little wheel whirled . . . so I tried again . . . and the new wheel whirled . . .

    Gave up.

    I'm not sure what's Blotanical and what's my computer and what's my internet connection. Sometimes, recently, I haven't even been able to get to my own blogs. So I rarely go to blogs now through Blotanical but use my own links.

    Esther
    Esther's Boring Garden Blog

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  6. Well done on an interesting, and informative, guest post on composting! xx

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  7. Well done you :) Johanna looks an interesting beast. I would be interested in a progress bulletin in due course.

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  8. Hi VP, your local council is so forward thinking, with the other bins and now Johanna. Putting meat in would certainly seem strange though. I will be interested to see the results. My homemade bin is in shade most of the day, more for my happiness than the compost's.
    Frances

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  9. Aaaahhh! I 'know' someone famous! Fab guest blog. I want a Johanna but this is Northern Ireland we may get them say in 20 years, I won't hold my breath.

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  10. Monica - I'm always surprised how hot they get - it's like magic!

    Esther - boo hoo, that's a shame. Hmm I wonder if I can think of a way around that little problem...

    Flighty and Frankie - thanks! xx

    Anna - it'll be in 4-6 months time!

    Frances - shade still works, it just slows things down as you'll know already. If I could have sited the bins in similar spots it would also have cured the problem.

    Carrie - type in your postcode on the supplier's website and see. I would like at least one of this and The Guardian's readers to have success. I can't believe that Wiltshire's the only place with a good deal!

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