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#1 of 9 Old 05-18-2006, 01:48 PM - Thread Starter
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ME. Though I just got my compost last year, and there doesn't seem to be awhole munch of done compost in the bottom of the barrel yet. I was so hoping it would be ready in time for this seasons flowers and our mini garden we are planning on starting.

I just compose browns and greens.

I get mad at DH, becuase he has a habit of throwing things out instead of in the composter. Though he tries to remember, but I jsut keep thinking all the times he forgot I could have had even more compost then the pittiful pile I have.

I'm so impatient though, come on compost, mamas flowers need ya!

I've been thinking about doing verma composting, but afraid I won't have enought time from my critters. Sigh.
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At our old place in the country, we had somewhat of a composte thing going on, but most of the scraps from the house either went to the chickens, goats or the pigs. Now, that we're gonna be in town a bit, I've started building new composte bins out of used pallets-- get them for free from the local newspaper. This year is my first year of a garden that didn't come from stuff we already had saved up from the previous year; now its all store bought plants and manure (I had no idea you could buy manure at Wal-Mart). Anyway, I expect to get my new compost bins put together this weekend, so maybe I'll have something for next year
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We're kind of composters. I'm really good about taking out the kitchen scraps (although much of our greens are now going to the chickens or goat) but I'm really bad about adding the brown stuff.

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The house that I bought last week has an existing compost pile. I have added merely an apple core b/c we have not moved in, yet. I was just eating my lunch there while painting inside the house.


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Me too, ditto on the lots of greens, not so much browns A very helpful site for composting is organicgardening.com, check it out. There is a wealth of knowledge, both scientific and experimental!
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I have a HUGE compost pile. Here is how I got started.

Put a bowl on the counter. As you make dinner, put your scraps in it. Yell at dh to put after dinner scraps in it until he gets the idea.

Next morning, dump scraps in a certain spot. After a week, put a thin layer of soil over it. If you rake leaves, throw them on top.

Get a piece of chicken wire. Enclose your pile.

Find a neighbor with chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits. Look in the phone book, take Sunday drives with a trash can with a tight fitting lid. If you see a place with animals, ASK. Believe me, I'd gladly give anyoe a bucket of poop, anytime. Maybe they'd buy a dozen eggs while they were here. And they'd get a tour of our HIDDEN garden and animals. (Even our closest neighbors don't know we have pigs until we move them up to the road for pick up. )

Actively watch for opportunities to add to your pile.

After a month or so, turn it over and water it! Add some soil.

If you get a composting barrel (call your Board of Health for the best deal ) you can speed the process along! Otherwise, you may not have too much for another few months. But eventually, you'll turn your pile and find a pile of black soil underneath.

(why is it no one tells you the good stuff forms at the bottom and you have to dig for it?)
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I just started composting and bought a composting bin a real nice one at a garage sale for 5 dollars YEAHH!!!! So I am ready to go.

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My composting bin is a homemade one... a garbage bin with a lid & holes drilled into it all over. It's been working great!

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I compost too. My husband and I went to a workshop in our county for composting and you learn about it and build a barrel. It was a lot of fun. We keep a bucket in the refridgerator and put in any kitchen scraps. Then, once a week we empty it outside in our barrel. My 2 year old son gets involved, too. His job is too go around the yard with a small bucket and collect the browns to go in the barrel. My husband turns and waters the barrel. It's worked great and we have had at least 3 loads of great compost for the garden since we started, about a year ago!
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