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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.
 
 
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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!