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02 July 2007 @ 11:10 pm
question for my fList:  
Do any of you lot compost?

I'm really diligent about recycling paper/glass/plastic, but I feel like I'm being absurdly wasteful in throwing away so much organic matter. I've been looking at compost containers and tumblers and the like, but it's sort of overwhelming when one has nary a clue.

If anyone can offer suggestions or advice on what to look for, what to avoid, general how to, etc., I'd be most grateful.
I feel: curiouscurious
wench18wench18 on July 3rd, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I've been wondering about this myself. I'll be interested to see the responses you get!
Aifacat: Days Pastaifacat on July 3rd, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
You should talk to Roo - she is knowledgable about the composting!
Andrewquueer on July 3rd, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
My family did from before I was born and they continue to. I can write up a better answer when I'm not running out the door if you still need one.
Cydfaireraven on July 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
I compost, but I admit I'm not that great with it. I keep forgetting the compost bin is there... If I remembered, I might actually put the bunny litter in there, since bunny poo is one of the best fertilizers out there, and doesn't even *require* composting to work well (although composting doesn't hurt).

We never composted as a child, my mother would just put organic trash out behind the woodpile where the stray cats and local woodchuck would eat the stuff, depending upon what it was.

However, my husband has taken to putting the biodegradable coffee filters and coffee grounds in there, it supposedly makes *excellent* fertilizer once composted.

I didn't get a tumbler, I got a cheap plastic one last year, just because i'd never done it before.

I'll let you know if I get anything reasonable out of it. ;)
Dark Angel: KimAndJasonLoveeuph0ra on July 3rd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Having horses = Must Compost.

However recently where I have my horses the ground can actually use the manure so I've just been spreading it in there.

I used to compost diligently at my other farm. And I'll likely be composting when I buy my new place. However right now I still do not throw away my organic matter. Any little bits of food goes out back to the edge of the woods. Which may be naughty of me but I rather like the wild America that shows up at my door.

Here is a list of the animals I've been only feet from:
A mother fox and her cub on several occasions
Water birds such as herons, geese and their goslings, and ducks of various kinds.
Frogs and turtles of all sorts.
Groundhogs and their offspring.
A Raccoon.
Deer and their Fawns.
Birds of Prey. (Not feet from these, though! They were pretty far up in the sky or prettttty close on a branch. But not only feet away)
And all kinds of North American song birds.

I think that the consistent leavings of various types of food brings them close and they seem very comfortable around our house. It's really neat. So for now that is what I do with our leftover food waste. Well...only the natural stuff like bones and vegetable matter. Anything fake and processed goes in the trash.
Shado: thomasmeamgrimlock on July 3rd, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I suppose it depends on what kind of scale you're talking about.

My aunt and Uncle compost. My aunt just keeps a plain, airtight, glass jar by the kitchen sink. After dinner every night, all the bio-degradables go into the jar before anything goes into the trash.

Whenever the Jar is full, she just runs the Jar out to their Compost Pile and dumps it. She's put egg-shells, coffe-grounds, uneaten meat and vegetable matter, fruit-peels and the like out.

They turn the pile about twice a year and use as necessary for the garden and flower beds.
curdnerdcurdnerd on July 4th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
We are currently feeding our compost-ables to pigs, which is sort of the same as composting, except that, besides getting enriched soil you get a bonus, prosciutto and salumi.

But if you are pigless and chickenless, here is what you need to know about composting:

1. Composting is fermentation, which means that you need a good inoculation (a bucketful of compost from an active pile) and aeration (either turning it or mixing in leaf and grass clippings to keep it airy) or both.

2. Earthworms are a very good critter to have in your compost heap, along with the microbial critters.

3. Eggshells, coffee grounds, bones, veg and meat trimmings, fat from the pan, etc, are all good to add, just avoid too much of any one material,

4. Our manure composting pile is absolutely rife with worms and microbes: comve over with a bucket or a garbage can and we'll fix you up!