• Where can I get a cheap compost bin? The local Council do a special deal where you can get cheap compost bins.  Just visit www.shropshire.getcomposting.com to see what is on offer.
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  • Is it possible to compost old clothes? Yes! If they are made from natural material and its too worn to be reused then you can add it to your compost. Any natural fibres will rot, so this includes cotton and denim, also wool hemp, linen and feathers, even leather they all break down well, though not necessarily very quickly. 
  • Do I need to add worms to my compost bin? No. If you're just using a normal 'dalek' type bin, as opposed to a wormery, you don't need to add worms. They'll find their own way in from the soil at an appropriate time - i.e when the heap is cool enough. In fact, when the compost is half finished, you'll find the bin is full of them!
  • Will I get rats living in my compost bin? No. Not if you follow the instructions and dont add cooked food, meat or dairy.  Believe it or not, rats are basically shy creatures! They don't like being disturbed, so the best way to avoid them taking up residence is to disturb them - often. Put the bin where you pass it frequently - and give it a little kick every time. As well as this, keep changing the feel of the area - put a bucket next to the bin, then move it the next day. Then lean a spade against it....
  • I've got a worm bin, and it's got millions of little white worms in - are they harmful? No. They're not harmful. They are an indication that conditions are not quite right - too wet or too acid. Try adding some paper or cardboard to dry it out, or a sprinkle of calcified seaweed to make it less acid.
  • My compost bin is one big ant hill! Help!  Ants (and spiders) are a sign that your compost is too dry. It seems odd to water a compost bin, but go ahead! The problem is especially bad in hot weather,and with bins made from pallets. Stir it about a bit, as well. They actually help break down vegetation really well.
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  • Does the Council sell compost made from garden waste? No.  Its all kept by the farmers and spread on agricultural land, but you can get peat free composts from many local gardening centres or better still make your own with a home compost bin.
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  • My compost has gone all sludgy, whats going wrong?  This is probably a sign you have added too much food waste in proportion to other material.  Dont worry about it too much, keep going but make sure you add a balance of drier brown materials like cardboard in future to get the mix right.
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