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05-30-2006 06:55 PM
bigdufstuff Besides doing good things for the soil a compost also prevents more waste entering a landfill. Landfills do not work. Food that goes into a landfill will not break down, mostly due to the lack of O2. In a compost, however, there is plenty of oxygen because it is an open environment and it breaks down naturally and in a way that is healthy for the earth. The faster we fill landfills the more we need to create. The more we create the more damage we do the the earth and all the earthlings that inhabit it.



I don't garden normally, but I compost for that reason.
05-30-2006 06:54 PM
ElliottsMom I live in an apartment when I get my house though DEFINATELY
05-30-2006 05:53 PM
Vez We have a small plastic box in the kitchen where we put fruit + veg peelings, tea bags, eggshells (well, my parents do) etc., as well as cardboard and kitchen paper, as long as it only has water/fruit juice on it, and no oil. That box is emptied every few days into a giant compost heap at the bottom of the garden, which also takes all of our garden waste (weeds, mown grass, clipped vines etc.) The compost heap is covered with old rugs to stop flies getting at it and it being exposed to too much sun and heat. Also it keeps it moist. There are two 'sections' to it, and we have a rotation system, ie. from one year to the next, one side is having fresh stuff added to it, while the other side is allowed to sit and decompose.



The only downside is that every time I go to put new stuff on it, I lift up the rug and find it crawling with lice, which is normal and good but also gross. Plus the other week my mum found a rat, and so my parents have now set rat traps, which makes me go .
05-26-2006 07:59 PM
nigel
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Originally Posted by Moechalatte View Post

Well, I know this is a thread specifically for "who has a compost pile," but I thought I'd ask, since so many of you do, what is the real purpose of a compost pile? (I know this is probably a dumb question, sorry...)



I've had a compost pile for a while now at my house, and my family always had one wherever they lived, but we always had them specifically for the purpose of using the dirt in our vegetable gardens. It seems there's a much more important purpose for them that I'm apparently missing?



Thanks



It puts nutrients back into the soil, bulks it up so it can retain moisture - just helps maintain a healthy soil, chemical free. It also keeps that much more stuff out of landfills.
05-26-2006 07:28 PM
Moechalatte Well, I know this is a thread specifically for "who has a compost pile," but I thought I'd ask, since so many of you do, what is the real purpose of a compost pile? (I know this is probably a dumb question, sorry...)



I've had a compost pile for a while now at my house, and my family always had one wherever they lived, but we always had them specifically for the purpose of using the dirt in our vegetable gardens. It seems there's a much more important purpose for them that I'm apparently missing?



Thanks
05-26-2006 04:31 PM
mellisamouse I am planning on starting one as son as I move, in the next few weeks, because the landlord where I am now got quite angry when I tried one here. I can't wait!!!
05-26-2006 03:25 PM
bethanie Ludi, thanks so much for that informative article.



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05-23-2006 11:07 PM
gas4 Argh, none of the poll options apply to me. I want a compost bin but my boyfriend thinks it will be too stinky on our small section and I can't seem to convince him otherwise.
05-23-2006 08:03 PM
misq17 I have this composter. The only problem is that it's hard to get some of the soil out of the bottom because the opening is pretty small.
05-23-2006 09:16 AM
cookingVeg I don't have a compost pile, but I do have a composter (I live in the city -- a compost pile would be unpopular with the neighbors). I have one of these: http://blueplanetsmart.com/usa/products.htm.
05-22-2006 10:00 PM
Tofu-N-Sprouts I just got inspired by this thread and a couple others to finally start composting again... I haven't done it in several years but finally figured out good place and figured there's no time like the present...
05-15-2006 03:12 PM
nigel
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Is a compost supposed to have ants in it? I opened mine yesterday and there were a ton of the little suckers in there.



Ideally, no. If the compost is working right, the internal temperature should be too hot for them.



In another thread, Ludi recently noted that urine makes good fertilizer. It's also a wonderful addition to the compost heap because it is loaded with nitrogen (a big plant nutrient, and it encourages the composting process). I read an article a long time ago - it may have been in Rodale's Composting - that was about a lowland Maya group that composted chopped-up saplings and human urine. They were getting faster results than any of the commerical composting devices could even approach.
05-06-2006 12:09 PM
misq17 I don't have much in terms of cooked stuff in there, but I looked today and most the ants seemed to be gone.



I really emptied the bottom of my compost today for the first time in about 7 or 8 years and I got out two whole wheelbarrows of beautiful compost. I probably could have gotten a third, too. I was pretty surprised since I'm a lazy composter and I'm lazy about watering, turning, etc. I'm all inspired now!
05-05-2006 12:04 PM
froggythefrog
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Originally Posted by misq17 View Post

Is a compost supposed to have ants in it? I opened mine yesterday and there were a ton of the little suckers in there.





Are you dumping a lot of cooked food into your compost? It's also possible your compost does not have enough "brown" material: dry leaves, etc. Ants will go wherever they can find food, so it's possible. Just some of the stuff you put in is going to be taken away from your compost pile and consumed. I had a ton of beetles and larvae in last year's pile when I first started out. It all worked out in the end.
04-30-2006 06:31 PM
veggiefriend My father, who is a keen gardener, is compost mad! He thinks nothing of getting dressed in -40C weather to depost vegetable scraps in his composter in the winter. He even clears a path through the snow to get to it, and uses hot water to unfreeze the lid (our city subsidizes backyard "blackbox" composters.) He does thisnot for environmental reasons, just because compost is so good for his/our garden, and he never wants anything to go to waste (he grew during in the Depression).
04-30-2006 06:10 PM
misq17 Is a compost supposed to have ants in it? I opened mine yesterday and there were a ton of the little suckers in there.
04-30-2006 05:34 PM
Elena99 The province I live in has something called Waste Watch, which is a system where citizens and businesses have to separate their garbage into waste, compost and recyclables. So, technically we have a compost section, but it gets picked up once a month. My parents used to have a compost pile in the backyard when we had a garden, but they don't grow anything anymore.
04-30-2006 12:39 PM
GhostUser I'm a "I hope it biodegrates because I don't know what I'm doing" composter. I have tried a little this year to put some thought into it so that it will turn into compost, and I know that eventually it will, but I just sort of put leaves, food, dead grass, and paper (that is recycled and has soy ink) into a pile, and hope for the best.



I live in a house (I live with my parents still) with a yard though, so I have no objections.
04-30-2006 11:56 AM
CaptainSwab We moved into a house a couple of months ago and have one started but I know we need to make improvements to it. Right now we just kind of throw everything into a pile. I think we need to get a bin or something.
04-30-2006 11:37 AM
shannon1976 I don't as I rent.
04-30-2006 11:29 AM
organica I'm a stealth composter: my landlord won't get one for my apt. building & I complained to the town & they won't give one either.

I secretly store compost in my freezer in paper bags, then under cover of night sneak to homes with town-provided compost bins, where I dump my stuff.

I *refuse* to put food waste in the trash!!!
04-30-2006 09:18 AM
Random I can't answer this poll because my situation is a bit different! I rent and don't have a yard. No houseplants, even, so an indoor compost wouldn't be a good idea (besides, my boyfriend would stress out about having it there).



The kindergarten teacher at my school has a worm compost. I save my kitchen goodies and feed the worms every morning.



Since I started doing that, it's AMAZING how little garbage I have!
04-19-2006 12:55 PM
Ayrlin Ahh I fixed my issue with my dogs,I just put up a fence around it.

Burying it wont work with a couple of Aussie's they are not well known for it but thier sence of smell is very keen.

They are even used as termite dogs.
04-18-2006 09:22 PM
Jim Gagnepain
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Originally Posted by Noelson View Post

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



Fur and hair is great for composting. It builds the nitrogen levels of the mix.



Also, to another poster: If you bury the compost, most pets will leave it alone. We have a neighborhood fox who digs around in mine a little. He's pretty clean about it though - digs a little hole and noses around. I haven't taught him to fill the hole in yet...
04-17-2006 08:21 PM
bigdufstuff
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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.



Thats a cool way to look at it.
04-17-2006 08:16 PM
Noelson 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.
04-17-2006 07:16 PM
Tesseract I thought hair was one of those things that doesn't compost well. Birds love it for nesting material, though.
04-17-2006 07:05 PM
Noelson I compost! I even compost my dogs fur as well as human hair ( I cut them both)
04-16-2006 09:44 PM
Ayrlin


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
04-16-2006 08:14 PM
bwgan 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.
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