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i'm looking to start one also. anyone have any tips?<br><br><br><br>
my (pa)rents might not appreciate it as much as i do, so also any good arguments for composting would be greatly appreciated.
 

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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.<br><br>
Besides animal products attract bugs<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"><br><br><br><br>
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
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bethann</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What is sheet composting?<br><br><br></div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/1999_April_May/Lasagna_Gardening" target="_blank">http://www.motherearthnews.com/libra...agna_Gardening</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SerafinaC</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
i'm looking to start one also. anyone have any tips?<br><br><br><br>
my (pa)rents might not appreciate it as much as i do, so also any good arguments for composting would be greatly appreciated.</div>
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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.<br><br><br><br>
Also if your parents garden the compost is great for that.<br><br><br><br>
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.
 

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i actually brought it up to them today, they seemed quite okay with it... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> they're really starting to understand this "weird" (in their words) lifestyle of mine.
 

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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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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ludi</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/1999_April_May/Lasagna_Gardening" target="_blank">http://www.motherearthnews.com/libra...agna_Gardening</a></div>
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Thanks for the link it is interesting, I think the wintering idea is great.<br><br>
However I am a bit OC about weeding my garden <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"> I do it daily, I am pretty sure I may need to seek help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I thought hair was one of those things that doesn't compost well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> Birds love it for nesting material, though.
 

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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.
 

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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.</div>
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Thats a cool way to look at it.
 

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I compost! I even compost my dogs fur as well as human hair ( I cut them both)</div>
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Fur and hair is great for composting. It builds the nitrogen levels of the mix.<br><br><br><br>
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...
 

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Ahh I fixed my issue with my dogs,I just put up a fence around it.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
They are even used as termite dogs.
 

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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).<br><br><br><br>
The kindergarten teacher at my school has a worm compost. I save my kitchen goodies and feed the worms every morning.<br><br><br><br>
Since I started doing that, it's AMAZING how little garbage I have!
 

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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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
I *refuse* to put food waste in the trash!!!
 

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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.
 

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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.<br><br><br><br>
I live in a house (I live with my parents still) with a yard though, so I have no objections.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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