There have been many articles lately about nasty fish and seafood
imported into the US from overseas markets. The worse is Tilapia which
are bottom feeders and are raised in cesspools. Tainted toys get the
media attention because it affects kids, but we adults are getting
some really bad shit also (pun intended) ;>)
People put all those chemicals on their lawn, and then collect it all
up and send it to the waste center, which in turn means they will have
to put more chemicals on to replace what they removed. Stupid idea.
Good for the chemical companies. Bad for your yard and the environment.
I have no problem with using chemicals. It is the misuse and overuse
that is the problem.
I've A/B'ed store bought compost and dillo dirt. So far Dillo Dirt "seems" a
little better. But your point is valid and a lot of people here won't use
it. I'm going to continue as long I have success. I like the idea of keeping
the yard waste out of the land fills.
Sometimes you just have to listen. Funny how people get so opinionated
regarding a thing like compost. But, I've heard other people say negative
things about DD. I go by how green and lush my yard is. Give and take.
I simply pile the leaves up in three piles, and add discarded
vegetable, and occasionally add bagged grass clippings in it (in case
the grass is too long to be mulched). I just pile them up. I don't
use any barrel or cage or anything.
I used to turn the compost piles and water them whenever I was done
with mowing the lawn. This means I used to turn them every week or
so. Now, I only turn them during fall when I add a lot quantity of
leaves into the piles, and once in summer (to check their status).
Otherwise, I don't turn them or water them at all. And the result is
just as good. Yes, this takes 8 to 9 months to compose them. This is
OK because I am not in a hurry. Basically, I just let the nature to
take its course.
I mainly use the compost in the vegetable garden because the soil in
there is very sandy. I need the compost to improve the soil texture.
The soil in there is definitely getting quite well after I have added
compost in there year after year for the past 7 years.
One possible problem that I can think of is that I can compose the
leaves in less than one year because I use a garden vacuum to gather
the leaves, and the garden vacuum grounds the leaves to small pieces,
and that helps the composing to go fast. If the leaves were not
grounded, the composing likely would take longer.
I could have used the free compost from the local government. But
that would make my car dirty. If I had a pickup truck, I might have
used the free compost from the local government.
By the way, I live in northern New Jersey.
Here in Southern Utah, I basically live on top of a lava and caliche cap
with red sandstone dunes on top of that. The garden was made by the
builder, and irrigation put in. Thank goodness. But it looks like it was
never mulched. I know I need to supplement it, and thusly, asking this
Towns around here collect yard waste separately for composting, and
give it away also. My concern is I don't know what *other* people dump
on their lawns & gardens before bagging the refuse for the city to
No way would I use it on food plants. Ornamentals....maybe. There's
too many people that simply do not read directions on their lawn
chemicals and overapply thinking that more is better.
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