Hi, I've gotten into composting and I like to get everything in
there. During XMas we had tonnes of nuts and I have gone to the
trouble of using an old blender to take the shells of the nuts and get
them down to a smaller consistency. I just wonder if my enthusiasm
got the better of me and is this wise? I've ground hazelnuts, pecan,
walnut. Now I've read in this group that walnut trees can affect
other plants, but what about the shells? Will I have to toss my
Thanks in advance for any help.
if you are really worried about your compost you need not necessarily use it
as soil food in say a vege garden. I use alot of compost as weed supressant
under hedges and shrubs and it works fine. If it is not ideal compost it
doesn't matter too much as it does a job anyway. Another way is water based
composting to produce a continuous compost tea. One die hard even thorws
road kill into his liquid compost barrell.
The only thing I grow that I can't eat is grass. I suppose I could
eat that too if I tried. ;-) Which is why I want my compost to be as
perfect as possible with what I have to fill it with. I've read of
the compost tea and opted out of that. As far as the road kill
goes...well that's just icky! I've thought about indoor worm
composting but that got vetoed by the wife. I keep telling her they
won't get out!
I've only been grinding the shells of stuff since it just seems to
speed up the "breakdown" time. I guess I've been getting too
impatient since I keep coming across 4 year old peanut shells in the
soil when I turn the soil in spring. Every time I come across a shell
now it goes into the blender for "size reduction". If I don't see it
it won't bother me so much.
And yes, I've stood in front of a microwave on occasion and
yelled...faster, faster! I've really been thinking of getting one of
the turning compost bins if it can make it faster....although I tend
to stir it regularly it still takes too long.
I blend all those nice hard banana peels, orange rinds, egg shells and
nut shells. Maybe I just like reducing things from big to small
pieces? If I had a method to do this without using electricity that
didn't involve a windmill or something laboriously difficult I would
love to. Any ideas?
On Sat, 25 Feb 2006 14:17:56 -0000, "Oxymel of Squill"
One of the "tricks" to a good compost heap is to keep it at least 3
feet wide, 3 feet tall. I dig a foot hole in the top (steam pours
out!), pour in the table scraps, cover it up, and it's gone in 2-3
days. I cut up rinds, skins, etc with a knife to speed the process.
You might see a peanut shell or two every so often, but more due to
animals digging in the heap. Egg shells compost very slowly, but
these are good for the compost and a good candidate for the blender.
I turn my compost about once a week. I use a pitch fork to sort of
fluff it (like a salad). And if it's dry a little water should help get
things cooking. It wants oxygen and moisture. I toss in peanut shells
and I still find a few shells uncooked at the end of the process too.
Just toss them back in for another round.
I think it's just the roots of walnuts that inhibit other plants. And I
agree, it's only a few handfulls..
Yikes, I forgot sometimes men hear that word entirely differently... I
was going for salad metaphors but it's difficult to toss a compost
pile. Best to leave it at that or we will get sent to another group!
No poison on my lawn. I don't even use the grass the dog craps on in
my compost. Maybe a bit excessively paranoid...I don't know. Every
time I compost in layers though I think, "What's the point, since I'm
always stirring the stuff?"
On Tue, 28 Feb 2006 15:03:27 GMT, "Doug Kanter"
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