|75 Things You Can Compost + more questions I can't google-fu my way to answers
||[Apr. 29th, 2010|09:04 am]
There's a world beneath your feet.
'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.