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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).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>misq17</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Is a compost supposed to have ants in it? I opened mine yesterday and there were a ton of the little suckers in there.</div>
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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.
 

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I don't have much in terms of cooked stuff in there, but I looked today and most the ants seemed to be gone.<br><br><br><br>
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!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>misq17</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Is a compost supposed to have ants in it? I opened mine yesterday and there were a ton of the little suckers in there.</div>
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Ideally, no. If the compost is working right, the internal temperature should be too hot for them.<br><br><br><br>
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.
 

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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...
 

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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: <a href="http://blueplanetsmart.com/usa/products.htm" target="_blank">http://blueplanetsmart.com/usa/products.htm</a>.
 

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I have <a href="http://herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/composter.jpg" target="_blank">this</a> 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.
 

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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.
 

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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!!!
 

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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...)<br><br><br><br>
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?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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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...)<br><br><br><br>
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?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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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.
 

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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.<br><br><br><br>
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 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:">.
 

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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.<br><br><br><br>
I don't garden normally, but I compost for that reason.
 
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