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Jim Gagnepain 03-26-2006 09:36 PM

I have 4 different compost piles. They are underneath some humongous spruce trees in my yard, so they are accessible to me, but not visible to the neighborhood. I use four different ones, and alternate to get better action. Also, I have a separate compost pile for pet waste. I compost most of my yard waste, and all our kitchen scraps (meatless of course).

At my previous residence, the compost was in the sun. I thought I'd have trouble composting in shaded areas, but no problem. In the sun, I found that I had to water it more often, otherwise it attracted a lot of ants. We're in a pretty dry area, so even have to water the shaded compost.

I've never purchased the composting worms. I have plenty of worms naturally, and the longer I compost, the more worms. If composting properly, you will have no odor problems. The problem most people have is that they either don't have enough space for the volume, or they're not mixing it well and occassionally turning it to infuse O2. It's the anaerobic action that tends to cause odors.

jenna 03-26-2006 09:43 PM

There wasn't an option for me to vote.

I don't have one, but I really want one. It's on our to-do list.

Scythe 03-26-2006 09:47 PM

I suppose so.

misq17 03-26-2006 09:50 PM

We have a compost bin outside, but we don't use it as much as we should. It's pretty much neglected, nobody waters or turns it and occassionally we dump more stuff in.

Skylark 03-26-2006 10:19 PM

I do. But I'm moving to an apartment soon, so I may not have the option much longer.

Ludi 03-27-2006 11:18 AM

"none of the above"

I use sheet composting, so I don't have a pile, more like a layer....

VeggieMath 03-27-2006 11:21 AM

I collect for the greenwaste of the city though. I don't have yard waste, but kitchen waste goes into a bin that I give to a friend that lives in the city where they do collect. As a renter I don't have the option of a compost. I wish I could afford the one that sits in your kitchen and takes care of itself. Yet it's too much money for now.

Amy SF 03-27-2006 11:23 AM

I chose the "rent" option, although it's not accurate. I have a condo, so I don't really have a backyard.

GhostUser 03-27-2006 11:31 AM

I have a compost pile for kitchen and yard waste.

when I rented, I had a small ceramic crock for kitchen scraps that i would then use for my container garden and house plants.

Ludi 03-27-2006 11:32 AM

You can have a wormbin in your apartment.

meatless 03-27-2006 11:49 AM

We have two compost bins in our little 18x20 ft. backyard. We compost absolutely everything that we can that is compostable,

Sauteedbeans 03-27-2006 01:11 PM

Thanks for the reminder on composting. I've been letting my compost pile go and this spring, I am going to redo it. Got some good ideas from the earlier posts. I think I need to move mine because it's in a sunny spot and it does get really dry.

We have a flat yard and room to do it.

Romac 03-27-2006 01:14 PM

fo sho!

i built a 2-stage compost bin as soon as i bought a house...2 rot rooms measuring 4x4x4 feet each! woot i have alot!

my primary motive was tomatoes, and man does this stuff grow tomatoes!

Jim Gagnepain 04-02-2006 12:52 AM

Originally Posted by Ludi View Post

You can have a wormbin in your apartment.

As long as the cat doesn't tip it over.

kpickell 04-02-2006 01:34 AM

I voted "No, it's too much work, and I don't have the time" but those aren't the reasons why.

veganinohio 04-07-2006 11:18 AM

I've got a pile behind my shed that I throw all of my kitchen scraps and some yardwaste in. I've kind of got a second pile for yardwaste (pretty much I just pile up all of my leaves under one of my trees. I see my neighbors fill bags and bags of yard waste and ship it out every month. I just leave mine in a pile over the winter, and by spring, it's mostly gone.

I should maintain my food pile better, but I'm lazy. I just keep throwing scraps in and as long as it doesn't smell or attract too many critters (I've got chicken wire around it, then I'm happy.

Tesseract 04-07-2006 04:49 PM

Originally Posted by meatless View Post

We have two compost bins in our little 18x20 ft. backyard. We compost absolutely everything that we can that is compostable,


I really want to compost, and I've considered a worm composter for my apartment patio. I just haven't done it yet.

Divine 04-07-2006 06:22 PM

I used to have one, but haven't had one in quite a few years. We do throw all of the yard waste behind our garage, though. Just not any food scraps.

MaryC1999 04-07-2006 06:30 PM

I have to join the "I want one but I haven't gotten to it yet" side. I hope to start a worm bin in our basement soon.


bethann 04-07-2006 07:46 PM

What is sheet composting?

I compost kitchen waste, the herbivore animal waste, and probably 85-95% of the yard waste (the rest, that doesn't fit goes to the community compost in the park.)

SerafinaC 04-15-2006 03:51 PM

i'm looking to start one also. anyone have any tips?

my (pa)rents might not appreciate it as much as i do, so also any good arguments for composting would be greatly appreciated.

Ayrlin 04-15-2006 11:03 PM

I have one but it is strictly for plant based materials, I wont even add left over bread or anything to it and living in a half Omni family it took some training to get everyone to understand that just because it CAN rot out there dosnt mean that I want it to.

Besides animal products attract bugs

Mine is real simple it is just in the back yard and I toss leaves and veggie shavings, cores, fruit shells like from melons etc and I never have an issue with oder or bugs other than rolly pollies , in fact my biggest issue is the dogs wanting to pop into it and eat it

Ludi 04-16-2006 05:25 PM

Originally Posted by bethann View Post

What is sheet composting?

bigdufstuff 04-16-2006 05:30 PM

Originally Posted by SerafinaC View Post

i'm looking to start one also. anyone have any tips?

my (pa)rents might not appreciate it as much as i do, so also any good arguments for composting would be greatly appreciated.

Explain how our world is being over run by landfills. That landfills do not work because the material is packed to tightly together and no air can get in for the microbes that decompose matter. By creating a compost you are decomposing waste which would otherwise be tossed in a landfill.

Also if your parents garden the compost is great for that.

To start just find a spot in your yard that you don't mind dirt to pile up and start throwing all left over vegetables there. Pretty easy to do. I've always had a small bin (about the size of those large coffee cans) by the kitchen sink so I don't need to make a trip outside everytime I peel a banana. Then when the bin gets full dump it in your pile.

SerafinaC 04-16-2006 07:46 PM

i actually brought it up to them today, they seemed quite okay with it... they're really starting to understand this "weird" (in their words) lifestyle of mine.

bwgan 04-16-2006 09:14 PM

Don't have one but really want one. I highly doubt it'd go well with my mom. We have a pretty small yard. Lots of stray animals that would love to get into it. I may have to research some easy composting or something. I might be able to get her to let me have one.

Ayrlin 04-16-2006 10:44 PM

Thanks for the link it is interesting, I think the wintering idea is great.

However I am a bit OC about weeding my garden I do it daily, I am pretty sure I may need to seek help

Noelson 04-17-2006 08:05 PM

I compost! I even compost my dogs fur as well as human hair ( I cut them both)

Tesseract 04-17-2006 08:16 PM

I thought hair was one of those things that doesn't compost well. Birds love it for nesting material, though.

Noelson 04-17-2006 09:16 PM

Yea, I give the birds my dogs fir in the spring - believe me, there is lots. The one that I shave is a portugese water dog and I don't shave her in the winter all that much so her first spring close shave produces a bag full. I have been composting hair for years. I have never seen the hair in the composted soil that comes out so I really don't know... But, I like to think that a part of us has become part of the earth on our property so even if we ever leave, there is still a part of us there.

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