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Leaf Mold [Feb. 4th, 2012|01:18 pm]
There's a world beneath your feet.


I must admit, that one area where I'm tempted to use chemical fertilizer is with regard to adding nitrogen to my so called compost pile. I call it compost, but the realit is that it is probably 90% leaves. I'm on a quiet street, with little traffic or on street parkings, so I feel pretty safe in collecting leaves on my block and do so obsessively. Starting in September, I built the pile up to exceed 20 cubic yards, and with yard waste, kitchen waste, pee and some purchase blood meal, it heated up quickly and started to rot as I continued to add more leaves until it was at 30 yards by the end of Octover.

We've had a warm wet winter, but by now, the pile is starving for nitrogen, and I'm tryijng to locate a cheap source of organic nitrogen. I'll probably buy a back of Ringer's lawn fetilizer, but that's nowhere near enough. Any ideas on cheap nitrogen?

[User Picture]From: helenatroy
2012-02-04 06:23 pm (UTC)
coffee grounds. Hit up all the starbucks, dunkins, whatever you have that serves coffee. Pretty much everyplace that serves food makes at least several pots a day. You could have some free, organic, sustainable nitrogen pretty fast!
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[User Picture]From: eqfe
2012-02-04 06:27 pm (UTC)

Good idea.

About 30 years ago, we hit the "mother lode" the Maxwell House instant coffee factory in Hoboken NY used to drop its grounds in some abandoned dumb in Secaucuse, you could get coffee grounds by the trash barrel.
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[User Picture]From: imalitmajor
2012-02-04 06:46 pm (UTC)
Seconded. I picked up 65 gallons of spent coffee grounds and compost from three local coffee shops today. I suggest providing the coffee shop with 2-4 Home Depot buckets with lids. Otherwise they will hand you a trash bag filled with coffee and it gets messy.
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[User Picture]From: leeneh
2012-02-04 07:50 pm (UTC)
I use liquid gold. It's actually cheaper than free, come to think about it.
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[User Picture]From: eqfe
2012-02-04 09:57 pm (UTC)
I do that also, but only on weekends.
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