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Composting

Welcoming discussion on the whole spectrum of composting methods. If it's a way of turning organic material into fertile earth, lets talk about the method, your experiences, the pros and the cons of it!

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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 Rex Morris on August 17, 2011 at 4:31pm
I made new compost bins with pallets about three months ago. The first one has been filled at least three times. When I sinks down I top it up to head height again and wait for it to sink as it decomposes. While I am waiting I add to the second bin.  This stuff should be ready mid summer.
Comment by Rex Morris on August 17, 2011 at 4:28pm
Have opened up a compost and begun putting into raised beds. Also digging out holes to be filled with compost for tomatoes.  The garlic I planted back in June is about  20-25 cm high and looks good - should be a good crop.  Have been gently fertilising with a mixture of compost/worm cast/worm tea all mixed together.
Comment by Saundra Bennett on August 8, 2011 at 4:30am

HI Everyone!

I really like a group just for composting.   We are involved in worm farming.  My son started this last year for some income after a seasonal job layoff.   It was the first year of my experience with worm castings.  I had only two tomato plants last year but each was HUGE with a minimum of 50 tomatoes each.   ( I am not sure how to post a picture but would like to do this).  This was unexpected due to the raised bed had been created that same spring from our sandy soil.   There is nothing to hold the water in.   So, it did surprisingly well.    The only thing I will do different in using the castings would be to augument with lime to sweeten the soil.

Comment by Kaipatiki Project on April 7, 2011 at 9:10am
Kaipatiki Project has just started a practical Hot Composting workshop, repeated monthly, on how to get started with a hot compost heap. It is very hands-on and the next one is this Saturday 9 April. Read more at Ooooby events page.
 

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