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12/11/11 7:22 P

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I have had a pile by the woods for years and this week I am going to turn it under and mix the kitchen scraps with leaves that are on it, Spring I will have some rich black dirt.

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12/10/11 10:12 P

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I compost leaves and yard waste as well as kitchen scraps. It has helped to make our sandy soil much richer over time.

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12/10/11 2:39 P

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I had the black sludge problem, too. Never succeeded at composting in a bucket, so we just waited until we had an apartment with a yard.

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12/8/11 9:56 P

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We've just come back to the States and I need to get moving on this. I've got some pallets & I'm ready to make a 2-bin pile this year.

I also have a worm composter and have gotten some good "compost tea" out of it.

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12/8/11 12:08 P

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Yes, but I didn't do a very good job of it. I think I need to mix my compost with different things because the last bucket I made never fully dried out. Just became black sludge. Still very nutritious though! I learned to compost when I was in school, now that I'm out I'm doing the same for my garden!

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12/3/11 3:29 P

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I agree about the terrible waste of putting it in a landfill and mixing it with poisons. The world needs all the fertile land it can get.

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12/3/11 4:44 A

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My husband and I compost just about every thing we can get; kitchen scraps, horse manure from a boarding stable, used coffee grounds from a local starbucks (unfortunately it is now gone, so no more of that), fish scraps from a local fish market (buried deep). It is such a waste from good organic matter to go into the landfill; our southern soil could use all of the help it can get.

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12/1/11 7:36 P

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SHUT: Sorry you had to go through that. I'm thinking that composting takes commitment, determination and a desire. There were times when I just wanted to stop doing it. However.....

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12/1/11 7:14 P

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I have a pile back by the woods that I put all my waste from fresh fruits and veggies and any other foods that get tossed. Plenty of leaves fall on it now and when I cut or take plants from my garden all waste goes on it. I have had it for a couple of years and I know by next year I will have some really deep black rich dirt to use for my plants and in the garden. I could get a barrel but I just have a pile and let nature takes its course.

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I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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12/1/11 1:07 P

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I just returned from spending a week with family who do not recycle or compost. About the 3rd day they finally asked me to just shut up about it, so I had to grit my teeth every time I heard the garbage disposal being used! Arghhh.

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12/1/11 9:24 A

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Good ideas on the horse manure, I'll have to check those out too.

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12/1/11 1:39 A

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For horse manure look under boarding stables, horse training or horse breeding facilities in the phone book. Farm supply/feed/hardware stores will also have horse-related business cards hanging somewhere. Just give them a call and ask if you can pick some up. Some will set this up as a side-business and charge, still cheaper than buying steer manure by the bag.
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11/30/11 11:54 P

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Absolutely - for years and years. It's like breathing now. emoticon

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11/30/11 11:05 P

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GREBJACK: Best wishes on that! Can you check out Craigslist? Horse owners advertise on that.

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11/30/11 9:46 P

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I wanna find someone who'll give me horse manure.

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11/30/11 5:35 P

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ROLANDD: What's stopping you from composting?

Just curious. Is there anything we can do to help?

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11/30/11 5:18 P

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No, but I would like to.

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11/30/11 12:37 P

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I'm a lazy composter like Brigit. I make piles and forget to turn them but eventually I use those spots to plant. I buy big bags of worm castings every year and have a source for horse manure.






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Oh yes! to me it is part and parcel of being a gardener, if you are going to take from the soil you need to put back and I want to know what I put back is clean and organic.

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11/30/11 12:15 A

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I compost to save $$ and to have better soil.


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Yes and no, I put everything on a compost pile but I'm much too lazy to ever turn it. So in spring I mix it all with a bunch of horse manure and used animal bedding and put it straight on the garden. emoticon

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11/29/11 8:14 P

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I have been composting for over 25 years. In the 15 years since I moved to this house, compost has been a major help in turning the clay I started with into reasonably decent soil.

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11/29/11 8:08 P

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Absolutely! Composting is the single kindest thing I do for my plants. And throwing kitchen scraps in the compost means I have to take out less than one bag of trash each week. Saves me money in trash fees AND saves me paying for fertilizer. Plus, turning it is good exercise. What could be better?

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Of course I do!

I use the compost for our container garden & my roses. Haven't bought new bags of dirt for years now!

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11/29/11 7:25 P

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Do you compost? If not, why not?

If you do, why?

Just curious.....

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