On Wed, 08 May 2013 20:10:27 +0000, Danny D wrote:
Looks like folks who actually did it (like I am doing it), have found
no problems with substances on the "banned" list, according to this
I get a bit perturbed when I see compost educators telling their students
that there is a long list of things "NOT to be composted!" This
prohibition is always presented in such an authoritative and serious
manner that novice composters begin trembling in their boots at the
thought of composting any of the banned materials. ... Those banned
materials include meat, fish, dairy products, butter, bones, cheese,
lard, mayonnaise, milk, oils, peanut butter, salad dressing, sour cream,
weeds with seeds, diseased plants, citrus peels, rhubarb leaves, crab
grass, pet manures, and, perhaps worst of all: human manure....Luckily, I
was never exposed to such instructions, and my family has composted EVERY
bit of food scrap it has produced, including meat, bones, butter, oils,
fat, lard, citrus peels, mayonnaise, and everything else on the list;
we've done this in our backyard for almost 25 years with never a problem.
Space and ease of use, most probably. Most ground is already put to
use so there's no free space to incorporate garden/kitchen waste.
Also, adding it to a heap or barrel is less effort than digging it
into the ground, and makes it less available for scavengers.
When I was a kid, our weekly kitchen waste removal chore involved
digging a deepish hole in an open spot in the vegetable garden. Every
evening the day's kitchen scraps got dumped in, followed by a
shovelful of soil. At the end of the week the hole was filled in and a
new hole started. But in those days gardening wasn't as
space-intensive as it is nowadays. You'd be hard pressed to find much
open space in most contemporary gardens.
On Wed, 08 May 2013 11:16:31 -0500, Moe DeLoughan wrote:
Makes sense. Luckily I have plenty of space.
I was adding it to a square 18" high recycling bin prior - but that
bin was too heavy to move after it got full of soil + compost.
Now, I just chop it into the ground; cover with soil; and water it,
and it seems to work (although I have to keep animals away as I had
found all the bones were dug up if I didn't).
Long term, I'll see how well it works over a year's span. I do realize
I'm "breaking the rules" by adding everything (fish, chicken, beef,
pork, bacon fat, eggshells, orange peels, banana peels, lettuce cores,
avocado pits, stale bread and crackers, etc.) from the kitchen.
I never saw a good explanation of why not.
"Attracting rodents" is reason #1, #2 and #3! Not to mention digging
into a pocket of rotten meat if one turns the pile. Link here:
Someone who likes breeding worms explains how to (carefully) incorporate
meat to a compost:
I just set up my new compost pile this morning...new home, doing lots of
landscaping and planting veg. garden....I just melted some holes in a
black plastic tub to keep out by the garden and koi pond. Can dump in
kitchen stuff and algae from the pond if the koi don't eat it :o)
Tonight, I was working on the pool equipment after dark, about a dozen
feet from the compost area, when I see this cute rat walking calmly along
the pool plumbing.
I couldn't snap a picture quickly enough, but I did set out two traps and
continued working on the pipes under the light of the moon, although one
of the traps got the better of my finger in the process:
Anyway, I wasn't back working on the wires, only two feet away, for more
than five minutes, when I heard the tell-tale snap.
The rat died immediately as I was there within a couple of seconds and it
wasn't moving at all, as I gently removed it and set it aside to see if
it was breathing:
I felt really badly for the little guy, but I can't have them chewing on
the wires in the heater (which might be why the heater isn't working).
Can't prove it was eating the compost or not - but it could have been, as
it was a small one, that could easily get inside the wire mesh fence.
On Sun, 12 May 2013 20:36:40 -0400, Dan Espen wrote:
I have a lot of Spanish & Scotch Broom, which I pull out
(Scotch Broom) by the hundreds, and I cut & glyphosate
(Spanish Broom) by the scores; but I don't want to compost
that so I put them in the green recycling bins.
It takes a few months because each bin only holds about
an hour's worth of cuttings; yet I generally cut for
four or five hours at a time.
But, other than that, I don't have compost since I'm in
a windy location exposed to the Pacific Ocean winds, which
do all my leaf raking for me during the winter storms!
Of course, it all ends up in the pool ... :(
Those bacteria are what you want to break down the compost.
Adding chlorine to house air is a bad idea.
Keep the container sealed.
I put coffee grinds, spent flowers, pistachio shells, and leaves in mine.
Nothing smells. The actual compost is 99% yard waste.
You mentioned pulling weeds and not composting them.
That does not seem logical. If you give it enough time the
seeds won't survive.
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