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By Ninja

Norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

I have a couple of questions, one is I have a cytisus plant which is in a medium size terracotta pot, It is brown and dry, (although the soil itself is not dry) and there are no blooms on it at the moment, it seems firmly rooted so not sure if it is dead? Also I have a black plastic compost bin which is giving off an ammonia like smell, can I do anything to counter-act this?



Are you adding waste from animal bedding? Or are you adding too much soft green waste (such as grass cuttings)? If so try mixing the contents more with prunings, shredded paper, leaves or straw which has been chopped.

26 Jun, 2010


Hi Ninja,
Try posting your plant question again with a photo. Cytisus is not something I'm familiar with, but you should get more of a response, and more accurate.

26 Jun, 2010


On the compost bin part of your question, the simplest solution to 'sweetening' your bin is to get some garden lime and shake a few handfuls of that in when you add waste, especially grass cuttings. Not only will it smell better but it will help the composting process work better. The best stuff of all to use is calcified seaweed, but I'm too much of a skinflint to use that.

27 Jun, 2010


Thanks for answers, I will try the garden lime thing Bertiefox, never heard of it before but it sounds promising!

28 Jun, 2010

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