Rather than wade through thousands of search results from google, can
somone point me to a composting site? cheap is good, simple is better,
self-maintaining is best and one that takes the garbage from the
kitchen ou tto the compost site would be miraculous (hey, i can wish,
Your county, in an effort to reduce household kitchen trash and yard
greenwaste, may offer a half price deal on a 3x3x3 foot compost bin, as did
ours. Comes with a nice brochure on compost basics. I use mine mainly for
kitchen waste, and interleave layers of brown dry waste, like fallen pine
needles. A few years ago I added red wiggler worms to the mix, which
hastens decomposition. The worm population exploded, and the pile is in
perfect balance now. Takes over two years to fill the bin, before I have to
distribute some of the product in the garden.
heh, I could have swore that there was more to it, other posters
mention aeration, non-diseaese and seed bearing stuff, and another
mentions alternating with layers of brown material.
but hey, the one poster gave the simplest one. dig a trench, add
compostable material, and bury it. I'll probably go this route.
If time's not an issue, there's nothing more to it. There's more to it if
you want to create usable compost, in a bin, in the shortest amount of time.
If that's the goal, you'll need to go through the torture of using Google
like other people. If you go to advanced search and limit the results to
sites ending in .edu, it'll filter out the trash sites.
From experience I found that it helps if you place the compost pile in an
area where it doesn't get a lot of sun.
If there is too much sun, I found that the compost dries up fast, and if its
dry - it won't breakdown.
However, you could prevent that by placing a hessian sack or plastic sheet
over it- to prevent the water evaporation.
Also if you are using black compost bins in a very sunny spot, I found
that - too much sun- and the worms will die... horribly. In Summer, the
black bins overheat and the worms try and crawl out through the lid. Then
they get stuck there and perish- leaving a slimy mess when u open it.
Google hint: try restricting the search to .edu or .gov domains...
you'll typically find good how-tos from extension services that way.
The exact search I'd use for a first pass would be
"making compost" site:.edu
The science and soforth behind composting:
Pretty good beginners guide:
imho, the easiest way of dealing with smallish quantities of non-seedbearing
vegetable matter without plant diseases, is to simply dig a trench next to
a row of something or other in the vegetable garden -- corn is a good
"next to" crop for this. Throw waste vegetable matter into the trench,
cover with a little soil. Move on to the next section of the trench when
you've got the first section full and covered. When you run out of trench,
dig a new one.
Hot composting, where you build a big pile and let it rot quickly, requires
more work, as you need to keep it aerated. Compost tumblers or balls
are probably the easy way out here, but I've also built piles incorporating
pieces of perforated pvc pipe to get the air in to the pile with less work.
My usual method, however, is to get five pallets from the discard pile
and arrange them into an E, standing up on edge... two three-sided bins
separated by the center bar of the E. Build the pile in one bin. Every
few days pitchfork it over to the other bin to aerate and mix. Next time,
fork it back into the first bin, ad infinitum, till you've got finished
compost. The only purpose the bins serve is to keep things a little
tidier... you can just make a compost heap directly on the ground,
Pitching compost to turn it was what I did before my back decided it liked
less work. Now I mostly strip compost or slow compost -- perhaps not a
choice for someone with a very small property, for whom worm composting
or a compost tumbler is a better choice.
Rodale Book of Composting is probably the classic "every sort of composting"
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