Some time back I think Monty Don said that he used bracken to make ericaceous compost. Is that right?
I've got access to a reasonable sized patch which I could harvest for my azaleas!
I want to make an ericaceous compost from brown bracken harvested in november how is the best way to go about this? Are there any problems associated with its use?
Thanks for your helpful information. My main composting problem is the excess of summer grass mowings until autumn pruning time. I have common rights to collect bracken - problem now solved!
A cider orchard in Cornwall, UK we scythe cut bracken while green and mix with some of the previous years compost as an activator adding bone-meal at 1Kg per cubic yard (metre). Use after 6 months.
Hi Andy, what is your ratio of bracken/manure? I couldn't work out from the article if it was 4 pts bracken to 1 pt manure, or visa versa!
Do you add the bone meal to compost mix or on application? :)
Thanks for your suggestion . They are now added to the list of materials that can be composted and are the subject of todays blog.
Hi. I love this site and visit regularly. One thing I can’t see covered is spent hops which I assume I treat as a “green”. I have tried a couple of times layering with horse manure and it seems ok.
Thought I could beat Google with ‘composting bracken’ but, lo and behold..., up pops this great site! Thank you for such clear and useful information.
Thank you. I am always looking for new topics and suggestions welcome