Do you compost..?

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Do you compost..?
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 1:52pm

I do !  ....we don't have "green "pick up in our town...so we compost. We have a LOT of stuff that we need to compost...and it takes forever to break down.  Do you "do "anything to speed up the process??  naturally of course..?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 5:08pm

Technically, no. WE used to, in one of those rotating drum thingies but it didn't really work too well so...

DH recycles all leaves as muclh, and he saves coffee gorunds for spreading on his acid-loving plants. Otherwise, our garden waste goes to the composting people at the local landfill.

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Tue, 09-25-2012 - 11:55am
We should. I don't have a garbage disposal, and we do't have recycling available in our town either. DH does use yard debris as mulch, but we really should start a compost heap.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 09-29-2012 - 3:50pm

My family used to have a "mulch pit," a large 3 sided cinderblock structure that we put all the garden and kitchen waste into.  It made compost that we used in the garden.  I'd like a place to compost here, but this yard is so small.  I generally use my mulching mower and let composting occur naturally on the ground.  I don't rake leaves either; I will run the mulcher over them and leave them to do their job.  It's passive composting!


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Registered: 05-17-2001
Sat, 09-29-2012 - 10:35pm
We have an acre, we could put ours out a way from the house. But DH is worried it'll attract creatures.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 12:38pm

Ours never attracted critters.  Compost piles "cook" at pretty high temps, even in winter, and we never had any issues with critters that were not already there; compost or not, we still have possums and such coming into the yard, and in Georgia, the occasional king snake would stop by (king snakes are good).  

One thing to know about composting...don't throw weeds in there.  They will propagate in the rich hot soil and you will actually be planting weeds when you use the mulch.  

 


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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 1:31pm

I'm with Karen --- so long as there is no animal matter in your compost pile, it won't attract criters. They usually come for things like bobes, fat, etc. from meats and have no interest in rotting vegetation!

I've also hear that onions are bad thing to put into compost --- not sure if this is true or not.

P.S. We don't have space either so we opt for passive muclching! It works!

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 2:28pm
I dont normally throw vegitation from the kitchen in there..jsut stuff I cut back around the yard...and I throw everything! LOL...I have so much !!! grass...dead flowers...leaves....and yes weeds...

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 6:08pm

Yes, I compost all of the kitchen waste and some of the yard waste. We have "curbside greenery recyling" in our area and I put everything in there that I don't want in my home compost: tough things that take forever to break down like magnolia and eucalpytus leaves, corn stalks, hedge trimmings, the clippings from when I mow the weed patch I pretend is a lawn and any other weeds. The city solarizes the compost so hopefully that kills the weed seeds. They give away the compost/mulch for free but I don't take it because of possible pesticides and herbicides. 

I don't put citrus, avocado peels, corn cobs or sometimes egg shells into my compost because they take so long to break down. I don't put onions or garlic either mainly because of the odor but I have also heard that onion is not good...maybe the compounds that make it not a good companion plant don't break down well? One place I lived at we did pit composting, one pit for citrus only and another for everything else. We moved before the citrus peels had decomposed.

I haven't had a problem with animals in the compost but I have always heard that what attracts critters to compost is bones and meat/animal fat; I've never put any in the compost so I don't know if its true. We get skunks and possum passing through the yard and sometimes digging for grubs, occasionally they'll dig by the compost bins but they'll also dig in the planting beds or the "lawn". What I DO get in my bins are these shiny blue green fruit fig beetles that fly. In July-August they hatch and I can hear them buzzing around in there, hitting the sides. When I remove the lid they fly out in a spiral. I have 2 of these bins, our city was selling them cheap or maybe even giving them away about 10-15 years ago. I also used to vermicompost with a worm tower but they died in a heat wave a couple of years ago and I haven't replaced the worms. The "tea" was really convenient for feeding container plants.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 6:14pm

I've heard that pouring Coke/cola type soda into the compost speeds it up. You can buy compost accelerators from nurseries or online garden supply sites, I don't know if or how they work. Probably if you Googled it you could get suggestions.

Supposedly keeping the compost damp as a wrung out sponge, and turning it every 7-10 days will make it break down faster. I'm really bad about doing that, so my compost is just ready when its ready!

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 6:52pm

There are compost activators on the market that you just sprinkle onto the pile and turn it a little.  I have a sample in my shed but have not thought of using it, since I don't actually have a pile!


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