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i guess "a lot" would be when your compost blows up in your face!! lol.</div>
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So where's the part where I can run my light-bulbs off this? Do I just plug them in?
 

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Suitable compost ingredients include:<br><br>
Animal manure, straw or hay, grass clippings, leaves, shredded stalks and bark, kitchen vegetable scraps, floor sweepings/ contents of vacuume bags, seaweed, mushroom compost, shredded newspaper, weeds, and sawdust are a few. Idealy you should layer your compost with green stuff {kitchen scraps, grass clippings etc.}and dry stuff {leaves, hay etc.}<br><br>
I grow comfrey beside my comopst and add the leaves, comfrey acts as an activator<br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc140/Dar_Lyn_S/composting-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I think we now officially have a fly problem. I opened up the bin to throw in a banana peel, and a whole swarm of flies came out of there. I threw the lid back on as fast as I could, but the sky was already visibly darker. I feel like I'd opened some sort of Pandora's box.<br><br><br><br>
Is this the whole green vs brown issue? Because we just don't have that much grass to throw in there. So what can I do? Get more toads?<br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.veggieboards.com/gallery/files/4/2/5/3/IMG_1409.JPG" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.veggieboards.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=7934&catid=member&imageuser=4253" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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The compost in my bin is quite clumpy and some of the food hasn't quite decomposed but after a year i put it on my garden regardless and my plants grow like monsters.Pee is a good activator aswell as beer(not sure what beer is veg*n as i don't drink the stuff lol)Mice get into my bin and i keep meaning to put a thin wire mesh at the bottom,instead i just bang on the bin first in hope they'll ran off.I live in the uk too.I also add shredded paper to mine,vacuum bag contents veg peelings.My hedge trimmings i put around my bushes to act as a mulch to keep the weeds down
 

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IS , you could try and put a layer of soil over your compost , about 5 cm .</div>
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Thanks bluesand, that sounds like good advice. I'm guessing the soil will suffocate the little devils, or at least keep them away from the compost. I'll try this later.
 

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My townhouse development says no composting for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I've always wanted to try it..
 

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I've recently become interested in composting and I think I'm going to start a composting forum. I'll post more once it's ready for members. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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IS , you could try and put a layer of soil over your compost , about 5 cm .</div>
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I had an almost full bag of flower soil lying around, so we threw that in there along with some cardboard and a newspaper. It seemed to cover it up, so hopefully that will solve the problem.<br><br><br><br>
Hm, so how long before we can throw kitchen waste in there again?<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I've recently become interested in composting and I think I'm going to start a composting forum. I'll post more once it's ready for members. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Ooh, this should be interesting...!
 

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Hm, so how long before we can throw kitchen waste in there again?<br><br>
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Well just layer some damp newspaper over the kitchen waste if you think you will have fly strike again.
 

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^^ BTW basil will deter flies , I use to grow it inside and it actually worked . So if you have any spare Basil around you could throw a few stems in there and see what happens . Although i have never seen it used in a compost bin as a fly deterrent .
 

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And if anyone is near a coffee shop<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080707171641.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0707171641.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
Coffee grounds can be an excellent addition to a compost pile. The grounds are relatively rich in nitrogen, providing bacteria the energy they need to turn organic matter into compost.<br><br>
About 2 percent nitrogen by volume, used coffee grounds can be a safe substitute for nitrogen-rich manure in the compost pile, explained Cindy Wise, coordinator of the compost specialist program at the Lane County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service.<br><br>
"A lot of people don't want to use manure because of concerns about pathogens," said Wise.<br><br>
Contrary to popular belief, coffee grounds are not acidic. After brewing, the grounds are close to pH neutral, between 6.5 and 6.8. The acid in the beans is mostly water-soluble, so it leaches into the coffee we drink.<br><br>
Since 2001, Wise has trained and coordinated OSU compost specialist volunteers. They have collected and composted nearly 200 tons of coffee grounds from 13 coffee shops and kiosks in Eugene, Springfield, Florence, Cottage Grove and Veneta. That's the equivalent of about 25 large dump trucks full of coffee grounds.
 

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Thanks for the tips, bluesand! I'd heard that about coffee grounds before, and thought about asking our neighbors for their spares. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
The wet newspaper idea is helpful, as we have much veg/fruit matter inside (in Tupperware), waiting to go into the compost bin. IS is growing some basil, so we may be able to try that as well.<br><br><br><br>
There is a composting workshop of sorts at our local hippy establishment on Wednesday, and I'm going to try and drag the man along. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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What we do is have two seperate bins, one for compost that is in some varying state of decompostion and one for stuff that I need to layer.<br><br><br><br>
I have a stacking bin type thing so I stack as many as I need and fill it to the top and cover it. Out where I live we have a problem with keeping the stuff moist enough. Once a week or so we go out and turn the thing to add air back into the mix. As the it starts breaking down we remove some of the bin stacks because you don't want all kinds of excess air at the top.<br><br><br><br>
we were having trouble with our compost getting to that final state of usuable compost so I went to one of our local compost classes and I think I had too much air at the top.<br><br><br><br>
Also, they recommended against putting worms in an outdoor pile. If you want to do worm composting for things liek mostly food scraps you should try one indoors. It sounds like you don't have a lot of grass clippings or anything so it may be something you want to look into.
 

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Looks like our fly problem is gone! I followed bluesand's suggestions (layer of soil + damp newspapers) and tonight when I was dumping some kitchen waste in there, there wasn't a single fly!
 

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Composting is not something a lot of people tend to do around here (I live in OKlahoma, USA) unless on a farm. So, options of purchasing different bins are not there - people mostly build their own. I have been wanting to have a worm bin in the kitchen and a compost bin outside - would be extremely helpful. And, I, too, had heard about the liquid off them is great for plants as well. I will have to try it next year on my garden.
 
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