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4/27/10 2:23 P

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I started that compost pile. I started by removing the grass and digging a trench about 2 ft by 4 ft. I put the vegetable scraps in the trench and covered it with dirt. I've got the dirt piled high at on end of the trench so I can pull it down as I add scraps to it. I think this will work as a simple way to compost.

This afternoon I'm going to start removing sod for a small vegetable garden. The compost will make the scraps into something useful instead of ending up in the landfill.



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4/26/10 10:22 A

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Good thread. I'm going to start composting this morning. Thanks for the suggestions.



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4/19/10 7:52 P

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I agree that the book Worms Eat My Garbage is fantastic!

I just started vermicomposting a week ago, and I'm loving it so far. I'm so excited to have worms eating my scraps! I bought the worm 360 tray system. It is really easy to follow. I ordered my worms online because there wasn't anything locally.

I'm living in an apartment in Chicago. Since the weather gets frigid in the winter I decided to keep the tray system inside. (I'd have to bring them inside during the winter anyways.) So far so good! It doesn't smell. It doesn't take up too much space. It's great! I'd highly recommend it.

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6/9/09 10:40 A

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I was just logging in to post something about composting and here is this thread! Thanks NKHARRIS for getting it started and to the rest of you for your comments. I'm going out in a bit to get my compost pile going!

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6/7/09 9:26 P

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If you're looking for an easy way to start, especially if you don't have much space outside, I highly recommend vermicomposting. If you're handy, you can make the bin yourself. Or, you can just buy a premade one with 1 lb of worms. They do all the work, as long as you add newspaper whenever it gets wet or stinky.

Check out the book Worms Eat My Garbage.

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5/1/09 2:55 P

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Thanks for all your help! I'm definitly looking forward to giving this a try.

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Gandhi


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5/1/09 10:19 A

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I was considering buying a compost bin but don't know what I should consider or not consider when buying one. I saw one on sale At Costco onlinee but don't want to buy just the first one I see.

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5/1/09 7:33 A

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If you have zero experience, let me give you a few simple ways to do it.

1. If you want to just do your flower bed, make a small trench behind where your plants will grow. Pile up the dirt toward the plants. In this trench put your kitchen waste, leaves, grass clippings, etc, layering with the dirt from the trench. This should be close enough for the plants to access the nutrients as they leach down to the roots. Don't forget to water when you water your plants. This will get you started.

2. As you become more experienced at composting, you can do this between rows in your veggie garden.

3. Then you come to the pile when you have access to large amounts of compostables available like hay, manure. Always layer, water and be sure to turn, usually with a fork to inject air into the pile to aid decomp and keep away odors.

Browns + Greens + Soil = Compost

Browns are leaves, sticks, hay
Greens are kitchen scraps
Soil contains the necessary bacteria, insects and worms that break down the compost.

Don't let your compost dry out.

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4/30/09 7:32 P

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Be sure to check with your county or city. Sometimes you can find free workshops, low-cost/free bins through them. Check via their recycling programs. Not all composting is efficient for every region, so locally sourced knowledge can hopefully help you minimize mistakes and maximize results.

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4/30/09 1:21 P

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Here is a good place to start looking for information:

www.compostingtips.com/compost-formu
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4/30/09 1:16 P

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This was discussed in a thread last year. There may well be some new comments to add of course, but worth reading through this as well. Good luck! I'm a huge fan of composting and try to convert everyone :-)

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4/30/09 12:19 P

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We have a new construction home and the quality of soil in our flower beds is horrible. Actually it is not even soil, it is sand with mulch on top of it.

I'd like to try using compost to improve the situation, but have no idea how to get started. Any tips or suggestions? TIA

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