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SUPERBOOST YOUR COMPOST HEAP

‘Quick Return’ or ‘QR’ composting is a method h d originating from the 1930s but is seldom heard of these days. Andrew Davenport is an expert in the technique and in part one of his two-part series he shares the basics with us

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As the name suggests, using the QR method, compost can be made very quickly in as little as four weeks with the additional advantage that turning is not required. I have been using this method for about 15 years now and I can honestly say that not only did it revolutionise my compost-making skills (which I have to say were abysmal!), it also radically changed our garden from the soil upwards.

QR can be used on any scale from a backyard to a farm – the only necessity is something to compost. Following on from the book I wrote in 2008, Quick Return Compost Making, I have made quite a few developments that I would like to share with you in this short series. In this article I will be writing about the background, concepts and basic methodology of QR so you will be able to get using the method on those mounting piles of garden waste.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - £2814 Worth of garden goodies to be won - Get the buzz for heavier harvests 6 easy ways to bigger pickings - A taste of summer with courgettes, cherries and beetroot - Make crumbly compost in just 4 weeks! - The future of seeds post-prexit - 25 crops that sow themselves - The secret of keeping Bantams - Garden cleaning products on test - Grow a great lawn - Cauliflowers made easy