|My pernicious weed dryer|
|If they are removed then so too are the nutrients|
|Bind weed nodes.|
|If they are dried then even these weeds can be added to the compost.|
Furthermore, it was suggested that all woody material should be burnt. Well you can read what I think about burning on another page. http://tonythegardener.blogspot.co.uk/p/this-is-one-of-my-rants-on-bonfires.html
However, I thought that I would give composting a go and see what happened. I will not try to mislead you, I was not very confident that I could produce compost that was going to be useful and not full of viable weed rhizomes.
All this weed and woody material was put into some dalek bins.
|Woody material and dried weed rhizomes. These are a bit|
dry and need to be watered.
|I did not expect this material to decompose very quickly|
|There were lots of woody stems and branches|
|And lots of rhizomes.|
|Compost bins full of weeds and woody stems|
|The first turning of the compost|
|Not much decomposition.|
After a few more turnings, pieces of plastic and metal started to fall out of the compost. Stones seemed to appear from nowhere and could easily be removed.
|Material started to loose its shape and structure.|
|Lots of stuff had broken down after about two weeks|
|The compost was watered if it seemed dry.|
The turning process continued every two days.
|After three weeks decomposition was very evident.|
|It became much easier to turn into the bins.|
|The compost started to turn into much more friable material|
|Trusty bread tray sieve.|
|Sieving the compost through the bread tray holes.|
|Got lots of barrows of compost out of the bins|
|Compost mulching the leeks.|
There was no regeneration of bindweed, horse tail or couch grass. I was amazed and convinced that you could easily compost these weeds and, remarkably, very woody material. What is more surprising is that you can compost woody material very quickly; turning it every two days. Moreover, this compost did not seem to have a rise in temperature but it still produced some very acceptable organic material.
Probably not a procedure that I would recommend everyone to try but it does go to show that received wisdom should always be questioned and not just accepted.
So continue with your carefully selected ingredients and recipes. And I will continue to compost the rough stuff.