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#1 of 4 Old 04-19-2006, 07:57 PM - Thread Starter
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I have an almost unlimited supply of veggies and fruits. Our local grocery store gives the place where I work their leftover fruits & veggies on a daily basis. So I could have as many greens as I could use (and a whole lot more). How much of this would you utilize? Would you create a huge bin and try to recycle/compost as much as possible? Or should I pick and chose certain items to use? Any ideas? I just realized that we throw piles and piles out every day and I could be composting some/all of it. I live in Florida, so things compost quickly.

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Get a really big compost bin. You can never have enough finished compost.

Seriously, our compost bin at the farm is a 4' high, 6' in diameter wire bin. At the end of the day, we just toss a couple inches of leaves over the whole thing to keep the critters out, and turn it once a month or so.

Have you seen a 3-bin compost design? That might be ideal.
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I would use as much as possible! But I might try to find a sorce for leaves and grass clippings to balance it out. If you don't have a lot from your own yard. I have had success asking for pesticide free yard waste on freecycle.

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check out the vermicompost thread. a worm bin might be just the ticket with that much "green" stuff. if you don't have enough "brown" like leaves, hay, etc to balance it out you might end up with a stinky mess, but the wormies are supposed to eat all the greens you can toss their way with no stinkies.

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