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: 02-27-1999
Mon, 10-08-2012 - 11:46am

I could get the chipper attachment for my Mantis tiller but  it doesn't do the big stuff.  Better off renting one, if I have someone with a truck willing to go get it for me!  So I just haul it to the curb and share.  

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 7:07am
OMG I wish they would at least pick up branches ehre....after last years Halloween snow storm we had so much damaged..no where to put it!! we really need a chipped...but no where to put that either..hahah

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 10-05-2012 - 7:56pm

Here you can go get "zoo doo" for your garden, and apparently tiger and zebra poop makes a pretty good deterent to critters in your garden.  After storms, if you drag your limbs to the street, the city will pick them up and grind them, and you can go get mulch.  It works pretty well!


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Registered: 09-21-2005
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 7:40am
yea...my composst pile is TOO big to turn..hahah..so when its ready ( well like u said)..hahaha...never heard the coke thing..but going to check into it. Heard abt putiing amonia/water mi into the pile..but dont know any further...

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 9:13pm
That is so cool that you have curbside greenery recycling and that they give it back to the community! I've never heard of that before.
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Registered: 05-17-2001
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 11:56am
We do have a pile that DH puts vegetation in, so that' a start I guess. I won't let him burn, so it'll be good soil at some point!! It's SO dry here, we might have to add water once in a while to speed it up. Not sure I want to add kitchen waste though, we have skunks that like to visit. And I don't want to draw the coyotes in any closer. Or the neighbor's dogs that that matter, who think our yard is the potty area.

~Misty~


 


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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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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: 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: 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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