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Compost How To

Posted by admin on October 23, 2008

I found this question on Yahoo answers and though that the replies contributed valuable insight.

Some people say you have to let the air get in and others say you have to close it up in order for the heat to build up which hastens decomposition. Who is right?

Also looking for ideas on *how to do a home made compost bin.

  • Steps in creating good compost.
  • how to attract worms
  • can I use chopped up twigs
  • should I mix soil in with the compost to hasten decomposition.

Here’s a site that provides some good comprehensive information on the topic…

Read through the comments on this post. The authors of the comments offer some great compost how to for the garden composter.

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Compost Pails That Don’t Smell

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Should I purchase a compost pail for my kitchen? What type of compost pail should I buy?

Many people, especially those who are new to composting, want to know the best way to collect organic materials in the kitchen without leaving an unsightly, odiferous mess. This question from Yahoo Answers is an example of that.

I’m looking for something that hangs under my sink on a cupboard door, that I can bring outside when it’s full. Any ideas of who makes one?

There are so many options. One good option is this Ceramic Compost Pail. There is a video about it on this blog post.

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Special Worms for Worm Compost?

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From all my research on worm compost, it seems that the Red Wigglers are the best worms for the job.  But, what about other types of worms?  Do you have to purchase Red Wigglers?  Can you simply use what you have in your soil, naturally?

I went to Yahoo Answers and found that I’m not the only one with these questions.

I want to set up a small worm compost to show the kids how it works and they want to have ‘pet worms’. Looking at a few various sites, they all say to use red wiggler worms. Will it work if we just use worms that the kids find in the garden? Do you really need a special type of worm?

I was a little surprised, yet quite pleased with some of the answers to those questions.  Read them in the comments to this blog post.

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Aerating Your Compost Pile

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I’m certainly not a scientist, but I remember learning, during my food service years, that in order for bacteria to grow on food, it needs moisture, air, and heat.

The same applies to your compost pile.  The food for your compost is the garden, kitchen, and yard waste that you will be composting.  Add water to create the optimal moisture level.  Most garden composters recommend that the moisture level of your compost be similar to a wrung out sponge.  The air is introduced by proper turning or aerating of the compost.  The heat is generated by the activity within the properly mixed garden composter.

Once the “food” is entered into your compost pile,  it will need to be turned, periodically, maybe once every couple of weeks.  Turning the compost accomplishes two objectives – first, it introduces the vital air into the middle of the pile, and second, it provides you with the opportunity to observe and regulate the moisture and heat levels of your compost pile.

For turning your compost pile, a pitchfork is a great tool to have on hand.  A better tool is a Compost Aerator.  This inexpensive and easy to use tool simply pokes down into the compost like a steel rod, then it’s “ears” open as you pull the tool back out of the compost pile.  This process pulls material from the center of the pile and mixes it with material around it.

This process is helpful if your pile is too wet.  You should add some dry, brown materials to mix in with your compost.  If your pile is too dry, you can add water and mix it up, or mix in some moist, green material.

See the Garden Aerator tool here.

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Compost Bin

Posted by admin on October 20, 2008

Building a garden compost bin doesn’t have to be difficult.  I found on Instructables, a very simple design for building your own compost bin.  This is a very simple project that anyone can easily do for very little money.

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