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Greetings All Dirt Devils and Worm Harboring Wackos [Sep. 10th, 2010|02:00 am]
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ab_xnfp
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Sounds like we're diseased, eh?

Bet that's what our exterminator thought when I showed her my worm bin.

I do still exist, and am very happy to see that you guys are rolling right along without me. Been under a rock for more than just a little while. Blessing to you all, as this is far more important than most people think. Our local landfill has less than ten years (probably five) before it fills and they cap it off. This means we'll start paying more for garbage services. Getting the organic matter out of the waste stream helps a great deal. So good work, you are making a difference. Keep spreading the word.

Happy Dirt
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cow manure on the porch? [Aug. 9th, 2010|10:46 pm]
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helenatroy
Hi Composters,

I was wondering if I could get some opinions on how feasible this is -

i have two 20 gallon bins. I'd like to fill them with layers of cardboard bits & paper, and manure, topped with a good layer of potting soil. I'd leave this in the bins on my porch starting sometime in say september. I want to keep the bins intact (rather than drilling holes) but I could make some kind of lid that would allow air. Im hoping that by maybe may/june I'd have some nice additive to improve my old potting soil.

My theory is that the dirt would keep in the smell, and that the manure and cardboard would do a green/brown thing and that sitting in the bin from sep - may would give the mixture enough time to 'cool' (as in 'hot' meaning too much nitrogen)

I'd love to hear if anybody has tried anything remotely like this. I think it might work, but I posted coz maybe theres somebody out there who knows better ...

thanks
HT
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smallish composter [Aug. 6th, 2010|03:34 pm]
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arinwolfe
I tired the DIY bin with minimal  success and was wondering if anyone could recomend a smaler  tumbler, ideally that wasn't hugely pricey. Aproximalty 60 gallons ideally as it has to fit on my tiny balcony.

thanks!
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Just a little composting humor ... just a little [Jul. 25th, 2010|04:06 pm]
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oxymoron02
What Are We Composting?
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Reading List: Cross-posted to Apartment_gardens, and naturalliving and whatweread. [May. 23rd, 2010|08:33 pm]
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dangerous_beans
Currently my reading list is a lot, a lot of gardening reference manuals:

www.amazon.ca/Rodales-Ultimate-Encyclopedia-Organic-Gardening/dp/1594869170/ref=sr_1_1

www.amazon.ca/Rodale-Book-Composting-Methods-Gardener/dp/0878579915/ref=sr_1_1

www.amazon.ca/Carrots-Love-Tomatoes-Companion-Successful/dp/1580170277/ref=sr_1_1

www.amazon.ca/Four-Season-Harvest-Organic-Vegetables/dp/1890132276/ref=pd_sim_b_1

http://www.amazon.ca/Rosemary-Gladstars-Herbal-Recipes-Vibrant/dp/1603420789/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274667422&sr=1-1

www.amazon.ca/How-Grow-Fresh-Bill-Wolverton/dp/0297844776/ref=sr_1_1

www.amazon.ca/Growing-101-Herbs-That-Heal/dp/1580172156/ref=sr_1_1


Admittedly, I'm not doing much reading of the herbals, but the companion planting book and Rodale encyclopedias are freakin' awesome. The indoor plant book is a little less convenient since it doesn't list out the poisonous and harmless to four-legged critters and I've been having to google. 

But I figure I'd drop a few reference books by various communities for other garden folk, particularly you few who haven't got a lot of room for big gardens. 

I also haven't cracked the Eliot Coleman though I really want to. It's something my cousin recommended and as she and her husband own an organic, hand-tooled farm, I expect she knows a little what she's talking about. :D
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In Regards to Sh!te and Other Wastes... (cross-posted to naturalliving) [May. 11th, 2010|02:25 pm]
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dangerous_beans
My pet-doo composter is broken. *sigh* I guess I do need to dig in another one, but I'm already hugely disappointed in the first that I just don't want to be arsed to build and do another with the same results. Not least because my Critter'll veto that on the grounds the first didn't work like I thought it should.

The results so far is that it's already filled to the brim with winter dog-bombs and one box of cat-litter and I don't see any results other than flies. Rationally, I know flies mean larvae and probably other wee buggies that'll break the doo down, BUT, I want this to work _right now_.

Aside from the obvious of only putting in shit in once a week instead of a couple of times a day as the animals eliminate, what am I doing wrong? I don't think it stinks, which was the Critter's main concern, but I'm more quickly running out of space than the organisms are breaking shit down. I DON'T want to go back to bagging the cat-litter box once a fortnight when I do a deep-clean, but I can't see another alternative when I'll be vetoed for putting another composter in because This. Isn't. Working.


Next question: I bought a virgin drum from Petro-Can last week. It reeks something awful. Badly enough we haven't done anything with it yet. Now the fella I bought from assured me that there hasn't been anything stored in it and that I can exchange it. So I'll be doing that unless someone tells me I'd be better off to buy a steel drum for composting instead?
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75 Things You Can Compost + more questions I can't google-fu my way to answers [Apr. 29th, 2010|09:04 am]
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dangerous_beans
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/surprising-compost-items.html

'Cause that's just cool. Question 1 regarding that list: I have a bagless vacuum and I'm good at picking up anything big that would clog it; pretty much anything that's not dust and hair actually... can this be thrown into the compost pile like #39 laundry lint?

Now, recall my first post, three entries ago now about composting pet-shit. Not quite started, today my goal is to get some rocks and dig the hole and get proper started. The aerated garbage can following Trixtah's instructions is ready. SWEET. So freakin' excited. The Critter isn't so much, but tch, he's got a shop. It's my yard. Them's the breaks, sweetheart.

I'm planning on tossing the used cat litter (the feces and urine) in the waste composter, my question is regarding the rest of the litter that is used, but not used. The leftovers, as it were. Do I want to toss it in with the pet waste compost because the cats have used it at all, or is this stuff safe for the regular compost that will eventually go on the edible garden? I guess part of my concern is that every two weeks when I completely clean the catbox, that's a lot of litter going into one or the other bins and will it break down quickly enough to not create a mess?


I feel like a tool for asking what seems to me such basic questions, but I am fairly new at this no matter how much reading I've done about it.

One more question: Is there a way to keep the compost smell down? My Critter is okay with my experimenting until it smells and then all bets are off. I'm sure he'd rather not do this in our yard at all, but since we don't have any sort of town compost there's no other place than the landfill and well, I'm sure you've been through that argument with someone you know... I'm just looking for a pre-emptive XYZ ratio of this, that and other to make sure my bin stays healthy and anaerobic stink-free so the Critter has no cause to curtail any of my dirty-hippie habits.

This is what I'm planning to make him build: http://www.instructables.com/id/Rolling-Compost-Drum/ (Yeah I should do it myself so he's got no cause to complain, but my tool-using monkey skills are truly limited. It causes no end of hilarity to have someone mention to the Critter that "Your wife wants to build something." and watch the wandering heebies go up his spine.)


Thank you guys for all your help and resources previously, and in advance for these questions.
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Hiya! [Apr. 5th, 2010|05:03 pm]
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dangerous_beans
[mood |glee! answers!]

Found through apartment-gardens.

I'm looking for advice re: composting pet waste. Heh. I've got three fuzzy vomit-cannons (cats) and a super Hell-Hound (aka pibble - pittie). They produce quite a lot of crap. A lot. And it really doesn't make sense to me to bag it up and toss it into a landfill so my question is:

Is there any reason I couldn't compost their waste? Not to use on anything I want to harvest and use for foodstuffs, but once their poo has cured would it be ok to use around the base of my trees as either a compost or a mulch? How long should I leave it to cure and what would the best way to compost the critter waste?

My husband has agreed to build me a compost roller for our yard waste and food scraps, should I make another one for the animal waste?


Has anyone used Bokashi? How well does it keep in the winter? Does it really work on the not-usually compostable stuff like meat and dairy and fats? The Critter is a carnivore and if I get him to eat a vegetable other than a potato it's rare enough to mark on the calendar. On the other hand, I tend to forget I have yoghurt or sour cream in the fridge and it goes... funky. Would bokashi really be able to pickle the dairy and prevent it from being a horrifying stink?
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worm source? [Mar. 16th, 2010|10:10 pm]
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falnfenix
[mood |curiouscurious]

hey folks...i'm planning on starting a vermicompost bin...in fact, it's almost ready to go, but i'm missing a key element.

i don't have the worms (yet).

where do people go to buy worms? do you just go to a bait shop, or do you buy online?
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Vermicompost Question [Feb. 13th, 2010|06:18 pm]
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advaya
I've had a very successful vermicompost bin set up for about two and a half years now. I'm living in a much smaller house now, but with a much larger yard. Therefore I plan to switch to using primarily a more traditional compost pile but supplement with my vermicompost. Come spring could I just dump the majority of the compost/worms into my garden and save about a gallon of the worms (about what I started with) and just build the bin over. Mostly, what will happen to the worms I dumped outside? Will they die even if I dump them in spring/summer, or will they have time to adjust and migrate into the ground? I don't know Red Wigglers native habitat, obviously.
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