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1/7/09 1:54 A

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I believe I have heard of it, though I cannot say I have ever used that method, so I think it is available here in the US... just not common.

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1/6/09 9:08 P

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Do you have bokashi in the States?- we don't have room for a compost heap, so we put all waste ( including meat scraps in a bucket with holes drilled in the bottom and another bucket under this. EAch layer of scraps is sprinkled with bokashi mix, and one you have the buscket layered you leave it for about a month dependant on weather conditions.

Juice comes into the second bucket which is just amazing for veges, and the compost can be dug straight into the garden.

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12/12/08 11:04 A

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Thanks, I have a lot of flowerbed area and have plan to do a lot of landscape next year so this will be a big help.

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12/12/08 1:54 A

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Think of it like REALLY fertile dirt or a fertilizer. You use it in your garden (just till it in) or use it in planters for a container garden if you do that instead. Add some to your houseplants when you repot them in the spring. Sprinkle it around already existing flower beds or at the base of trees. I cannot say I have ever ended up with too much, but I have a nice large yard too.

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12/11/08 10:40 P

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I mix a little into all my gardens in the spring. I also use it to fill in low patches in the yard. Also, I like to make up container gardens so I get a lot of cheap pots (freecycle is great for this), fill them with dirt, and then plant flowers and veggies to put around my porch and steps.
At times I end up with too much and I add it to the leaf collection bags that they pick up in the spring and fall in my town... those just go to a gigantic compost pile anyway.

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12/11/08 3:37 P

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Ok, this is my first compost attempt. When I looked at it before it got cold it looked like it was already starting to get close, you know brown and crumbly, but what do I do with it when it is done/ready?

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11/25/08 9:04 A

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Ok, I will definately not water in winter, got it. I'm glad I asked ;)

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11/24/08 5:33 P

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My winter compost method is to pile a big layer of dry leaves or straw to cover the pile, and then just bury the food scraps under the leaf layer. OK, OK, I don't have many food scraps that don't go in the indoor worm bin, but there are a few!

Chevy, please don't water your pile in winter - when the spring comes you'll have a super soggy, smelly mess that will take the rest of the year to get straightened out (speaking from experience here).

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11/24/08 8:58 A

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No, I don't think so. In fact, I don't think you should add any water at all int he winter if everything is frozen (which sounds like your climate if you already have snow). It's just too cold for that stuff to decompose but at the first signs of spring it should all thaw out and breat down quickly.

But then again... I'm no expert. :-)

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11/24/08 8:18 A

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I just added/checked mine yesterday. We already have snow so I was curious to look at it. Looks like leaves...Do you think adding warm water instead of cold would help the process during the winter?

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11/23/08 5:13 P

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I bought my composter from GAIAM, best to get it from there if it's REALLY on sale.

You can make your own from 2 x 4's if you have the property to put it on (ie; don't live in an apartment).

As far as cool weather, I compost all year long. Just keep everything moving...turn it, keep it moist. (I live in Las Vegas, so it doesn't get sub-zero but does get into the 20's.)

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11/21/08 10:37 A

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Great tips everyone, Thanks. I have been wanting to start composting and I just haven;t had the money to by the bins. You gave me some good ideas for starting with things I can find around the house.

However, when I am able to buy a real composter for the yard, do you have any suggested brands/types?

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11/18/08 6:19 P

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Nice! Much thanks!


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11/18/08 5:15 P

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For indoors any plastic container with a lid (ice cream bucket, plastic coffee "cans", etc) or if you can afford it stainless steel with a lid works too... don't do a regular coffee can though as it will rust and cause you more problems than it is worth.
As for composting over the winter, depending on the temp of your compost pile, it may keep composting on through the winter without much trouble... if however you are like me, you will find that the very bottom composted during the winter and the rest "starts fresh" in the spring.

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HAPPYMELZ's Photo HAPPYMELZ Posts: 1,592
11/18/08 3:31 P

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Thank you for your input! :) I'm gonna check out the one at Target next time I am there!

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11/18/08 3:24 P

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I love my compost bin too! I wish I had the money for one of those fancy ones that turns itself, or even the toilet one like the picture, that would be so cool (I'm a little whimsy). I am using a rubber tote (like for holiday decorations) and the lid keeps smells in and animals out, plus it looks like a tote!

I want one of those target compost tins because they are pretty and you can't tell what they are but I use just a small plastic tube that held spaghetti sauce from a restaurant we ordered from. It is small enough that I have to empty it before things get too bad ;) and the lid helps with the flies and smell (plus I compost my coffee grounds which helps with the smell). Someone suggested a coffee can for the same purpose.

I also just rinse my tub because the compost needs to be damp so I duel purpose the rinsing.

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11/18/08 2:48 P

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no problem! :-) i love my compost bin! LOL i just love to see that "garbage" turn right back into soil. some are treehuggers, i'm a compost bin hugger :-)

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11/18/08 2:45 P

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Thank you SOOO much!
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11/18/08 2:35 P

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I don't line it with anything. I just rinse it out after each dumping into the big bin. I have read taht you can line it with paper towels and it slides out cleaner, but i prefer to just rinse. In the fall i wipe out the inside with a handful of leaves, or the winter, a handful of snow, in the summer I rinse with the hose (thereby watering the lawn some). Otherwise a quick rinse in the sink does a fine job.

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11/18/08 2:33 P

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What do you use to line the containers with? Garbage bags seem to defeat the purpose.


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11/18/08 2:23 P

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In house storage: i have a metal container made for composting, which works great. Got it at Target. My mom uses just a plastic container that once held dishwasher cubes.

For winter, just keep tossing stuff in and it will decompose once spring rolls around.

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11/18/08 2:05 P

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I need help with composting.

First, I need ideas for in-house storage until I take it out. I was using a small waste basket, but I became INFESTED with fruit flies.

Also, is there any kind of preparations I need to do for winter? Or, do I just keep putting stuff out to be composted?


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