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Help with carbon options please 10 Replies

Help please!We have a compost tumbler that we have recently purchased to share with our landlords.  We are each adding food scraps (4 adults+1 toddler worth) and it's getting stinky.Despite my best…Continue

Started by Miriam Tong. Last reply by Mark Oct 10, 2014.

Hot composting 6 Replies

What makes this work? How do you get the temperature up? How hot is too hot? Should you turn the pile or not? Which 3 ingredients are your faves? How does this method of composting compare to others?

Started by Flo. Last reply by Mark Oct 5, 2014.

Hugelkulture 2 Replies

Has anyone got any experience with composting trees - hugelkulture?I grew a Blackboy peach tree from a stone: it produces beautiful peaches but the tree is a mutant. EVERY fork in a branch turns into…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Suburban Micro Food Forest Jan 1, 2014.

lawn and garden clippings 5 Replies

Hi,how do you compost your green clippings (lawn, leafs, etc)?Continue

Started by Nicolas Santini. Last reply by Ingrid Ennis Apr 15, 2012.

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Comment by Miriam Tong on October 5, 2014 at 6:23pm

Help please!

We have a compost tumbler that we have recently purchased to share with our landlords.  We are each adding food scraps (4 adults+1 toddler worth) and it's getting stinky.

Despite my best efforts (breaking and cutting up dry twigs to add etc) it is showing all signs of being too high in nitrogen.  I don't have any dry leaves stored as it's our first gardening year.  

What do you add to your compost as carbon (other than Autumn leaves)?

Many thanks


Comment by Kaipatiki Project on October 11, 2013 at 10:56am

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Comment by Ingrid Ennis on August 18, 2013 at 2:06pm

Does anyone know what makes compost worms move into the vermiliquid part of the worm farm? I've noticed that sometimes a few seem to migrate there and other times there are none. Curious. : )

Comment by Anthony Melling on April 1, 2013 at 8:39am
to be honest I prefer to burn tomato and potato plant material even if it looks ok. I just put it somewhere relatively dry until there is enough other stuff to burn, then the resulting ash can be returned to the soil or compost pile having destroyed most pathogens. Make sure any fire ban has been lifted in your area of course.
Comment by Ingrid Ennis on April 1, 2013 at 6:04am

Hi Peter,

Viruses are mostly spread from a living, infected plant to another plant by either insect vectors (aphids, thrips etc.) or when we or other animals brush past an infected plant or trim it with secateurs and transfer the sap onto another plant.  Usually if you compost a plant with a virus it is thought to be unlikely that you will spread a virus in that way. However diseases can survive the composting process sometimes, especially if the compost pile is not that hot or the compost is put back onto the garden before it is fully broken down. I recommend that you use the compost from the tomato plants on another part of your garden where tomatoes are not going to be grown, just to be safe. Good luck! Ingrid

Comment by Peter watson on March 19, 2013 at 5:14pm

Is it ok to put branches of tomato plants that have wilted through possible disease, into my compost , or will this simply spread any virus problem as I use the compost?

Comment by Anthony Melling on September 30, 2012 at 9:08am
Hi everyone. Well once I drag myself out of bed this beautiful Spring morning, my aim is to finish off building a bamboo storage bin. This is where we are already starting to stockpile and use materials for mulch or compost duties. The chooks have already discovered it as a nice scratch pad and I may have to sort out some weeds which have started to look rather lush...
Comment by Nicolas Santini on March 14, 2012 at 7:54am

thanks Matt, will do

Comment by Matt Moir on March 12, 2012 at 2:56pm

Hi Nicolas check out the industrial areas wharehouses often have stacks of unuseable or broken pallets that are only good for firewood or compost bins if they havnt put their old pallits on the verge for people to take then stop in and ask if they have any

Comment by Nicolas Santini on March 12, 2012 at 1:54pm

anyone knows where can I get used pallets for low price or free? I want to get my compost corner in better shape, but I would like to do it on a budget. thanks


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