Some of the compost tumblers make it look like a pain to remove the finished compost. Any tips or advice about this?
Asked by billybobdungbeetle 8 years ago
I was just curious if you could compost fruit that has been floating around in an alcoholic drink. I wasn't sure if it would kill off the bacteria in the compost heap or not.
Asked by RadBear 8 years ago
I have several compost bags (ex flour). I put them on shade. But I just read from the web that compost works better under direct sun. My question is it better to put my compost bags under direct sun or just keep tem away from direct sun? Could you please give the reasons also. Thanks
Asked by kelana 8 years ago
Last fall I cut up a pile of leaves about 3 feet high. In the spring I added grass and kitchen scraps. when I tried to turn the pile it was so full of roots that I could not turn it over. I am unable to use it because these roots are so small and intertwined it is useless. how do I stop the roots?
Will galvanized metal containers leach chemicals into composting material intended for garden use
Asked by herbste 9 years ago
I'm looking for plans to build a composting toilet. I want one like the commercial ones that use heat and have a finishing compartment. I would like not to have to mess with it for 6 months to a year. It is for my tour bus. I just need help and ideas on the composting mechanical part as I have the toilet it self designed Thanks
Posted by Charley Davidson 8 years ago
I just want to know if it would be appropriate or just repeating an instructable
Asked by 9.6 Volts 8 years ago
Or do you really need a big pile or bin outside in a yard? I imagine it would smell too strongly to keep inside.
Asked by rachel 9 years ago
I am using a non food grade barrel that had a aqueous coating in it. It has been scrubed and cleaned very well. There appears not to have any residue left in it. What is the difference between food grade and non food grade?
I need to move air through a Compost bin using PVC pipe via a CPU fan powered by a solar array Thinking 2 " pvc pipe
Asked by uthyr 8 years ago
I want to use the barrel for composting and hope it can be removed, I have looked everywhere and talked to many people just trying to find a barrel to begin with. There are no sources near me for the barrels so I am hoping someone can help me figure out how to remove the residue left in this barrel.
Asked by Choctaw 1954 7 years ago
I've started composting using the bokashi method. I live in an environment that has a long and cold winter. Does anybody have any suggestions for what I can do with the bokashi mixture during the winter?
I would like to build a compost box but I want this box to withstand termites, carpenter ants, rotting and weather. I am thinking about using treated lumber but I worry about preserving chemicals leaking to the compost pile and effecting the decomposition process of composting.
Asked by blkhawk 9 years ago
I have heard stories of compost piles getting extremely hot and I was wondering how many watts could be generated.
Asked by WerdnaN 7 years ago
I want to compost in apartment but how that is the question
Asked by jaybob 8 years ago
I would like to get a solar-powered motor to turn a compost tumbler at very low speed, and would like some advice at what the cheapest motor I can get that would do the trick. My idea is to have a ratchet system so it only needs to turn one click at a time every hour (having the compost bin make a full rotation every 1-7 days; I'll experiment with what works best). I've never done a project like this, so the more basic the advice, the better. Thanks!
Asked by sangretoro 3 years ago
Asked by karateboy 8 years ago
I hope to learn what I can put in my compost bin, that would be ready for planting in spring...
Asked by tincanz 7 years ago
(1) I live in new york and its pretty humid and it rains occasionally. would it help to put a tarp over it to keep out the rain? Because ive heard that it (the rain) can drain nutrients into the soil. (2) would the compost decompose the pallets?. (3) would it help to staple tarp or plastic to the out side? (the compost bin is the pallet compost bin by kootsman)
Asked by Greenguyh2o 4 years ago
In every article etc i see about composting, the end product is a rich dark soil like substance.I inherited a 3 tier rubber or plastic composter.Appropriate garbage goes in the top where the redworms dwell.The end product is liquid.Is it the nature of the type of composter I have that the result is liquid or am I doing something wrong?
Asked by billito 8 years ago
Today I'm making a combination of 2 compost bins posted on this site-a rotating bin (bought a plastic garbage can) with wooden x frames at the ends-poll through it to spin it-I cut 6 rectangles lengthwise and want to cover them with aluminum mesh. Is aluminum okay to use for composting?
Asked by ChrisnLaura 8 years ago
Since saltpetre is sold as stump remover because it accelerates natural decomposition, would it be good for a compost heap for the same reasons?
Asked by BOOM5601 8 years ago
[warning: contains some rant-like content]I am so angry that I can't see straight. My apartment building has a Community Garden, which is good. Our rules and guidelines which are especially emphatic about keeping the gardens all natural and organic, and chemical and pesticide-free. To this end, there is an "Approved Garden Products" list specifying the chemicals and fertilizers that may be used in the gardens. The list includes "Walt's" brand organic fertilizer, "Cedar Grove" compost, and six product made by Miracle-Gro.I had two 4' x 5' plots in the Community Gardens last year, which I heavily amended with the compost from my worm bins. I submitted a request to have an organic fertilizer mix that I have on hand added to the approved list, but the only response I received was another employee telling me: "I emailed Jane (not her real name) about it, and she emailed back to tell to you that Walt's is the best one to use." I should have followed up on this, but was too angry and aghast to speak to Jane about it immediately, and later never did get around to grasping that particular nettle.This year I'm doing just one 4' x 5' plot. I dug in some compost on Sunday, and on Tuesday I received the following letter (all names have been changed for internet purposes):Dear Ms. Gorfram,I wanted to follow up with you regarding an email I received about "homemade" compost that you may be using in your garden.The garden agreement has specific items that can be used in the garden, unless you are using a combination of those ingredients, your "homemade" compost hasn't been approved yet. If you would like to submit the ingredients of your compost for review we can take a look at it and try to get it on the list as well. In the mean time please use only the Cedar Grove compost or any other product on the approved list.We appreciate you help in this matter.Sincerely,Jane Doe,Property Manager(Spelling and punctuation very much hers, very much verbatim)She insulted my compost. She accused me of violating the gardening agreement. She is demanding that I list every last darned thing that I ever put into my compost and submit it to her for approval. She appears to be confusing my compost with the fertilizer that I asked to have added to the approved list. She either does not necessarily believe that I do make my own compost, or she is misusing quotation marks to indicate emphasis. ...She insulted my compost!Not wanting to alienate the manager of my apartment building by telling her that she is a slavering ignoramus who does not know the difference between compost and fertilizer, I responded with the following:In re: your letter of June 9, 2009Dear Ms. Doe,Perhaps there is some misunderstanding about my use of soil amendments in my Community Garden plot.The compost that I use in my garden plot contains no chemicals or pesticides. It is made entirely from vegetable waste from my kitchen and garden, to which I add water and locally native earthworms. It is my understanding that this sort of bulk organic matter does not need to be reviewed for the Approved Garden Products list. In answer to a related question asked at the July 15, 2008, Community Gardener's Meeting, John Galt (n.b. Jane Doe's boss) said, "As long as it doesn't contain pesticides or chemicals, you don't need to tell us about it."The email your letter refers to may have been in regard to my August, 2008 request to have "Dr. Earth Organic 7" fertilizer added to the Approved Gardening Products list. For your convenience, I have attached a new copy of the information about "Dr. Earth Organic 7" and its ingredients that I submitted with my request. I look forward to receiving approval of "Dr. Earth Organic 7" for use in the Community Gardens, or a statement of your reasons for denying this request, soon.Thank you,Evelyn Q. GorframAm I nuts? Should I be this mad? Should I tell her to take her 20 square feet of soil and suggest where she might put them? Should I demand that we duel at dawn unless she publicly retracts her dread insults to my compost?
Posted by Gorfram 9 years ago
In about a month I will have some worm castings. I already have flower beds and vegetables in my yards (tomatos, okra, zuccinni, rosemary, and basil). When I have the castings, do I just lay them on top of the soil or should I dig up some holes and put the castings underground?
Asked by cinderbelle 8 years ago
Asked by AzureEyes 9 years ago
I had this idea for a cheap, easy composter, using an igloo type drink cooler. (considering purchase for this purpose) I think it just needs ventilation and straps to hold on the lid when mixing. (have these already) Anything else needed?
Posted by pinkrenegades 2 years ago
I want to build a composting toilet with a finishing tray like the commercial units that I would only have to dump once a year. I need to know how the internal workings function. i will have solar heat piped into it to keep it hot.
Asked by Charley Davidson 8 years ago
I want to make an indoor compost bin because it's too cold for the worms in the winter. My dad says it'll smell way too much and actually i'm worried about the flies. I already made (and used) a worm compost bin last year and it was smelly so it was sent into the garage and all of them died in the winter. So is there a way to make a no smell, no flies worm compost bin? BTW the compost bin will be put in my basement that has no ventilation.
Asked by Pizzapie500 7 years ago
I ran across this image of a 'Dalek' flower pot and noted that it's shape resembled a yard waste composter. Arthritis now keeps me from many of my crafting hobbies. So, I was wondering if anyone would like to take crack at it. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/571535008935102257/
Posted by Helen Holden 3 years ago
Asked by dudeman176 9 years ago
I was walking down the street, Gandering at my fellow human beings flower gardens and I noticed one of them had a garbage lid on the ground. I went to pick it up and noticed that underneath there was a hole in the ground with compost and bugs doing there work. I thought hmm.. BRILLIANT! I might be rambling, but I was just wondering... Why havent I heard of this before. Is it a good idea?will it work?
Asked by CrawdadMan 8 years ago
Hi, Thanks for stopping by.Along with all the 'research' I'm doing as I'm building my wormery (thanks, Instructubles!), I've noticed that as everyone appears to rave about how good it is (enviroment, etc, etc) no-one, but no-one appears to have any direct experience of how well veg and flowers have grown in the compost it has produced!If you have would you mind telling me how you feel the difference has been, please?Thanks!
Asked by kevinhannan 8 years ago
NEW QUESTION: Should I grow food, or food and commodities (IE wheat, cotton, etc) Well, I grew vegetables last year, and the crop was a failure. Don't ask me why, since there were at least 20 things I did wrong, and on top of that, mother nature was pissed off at me. Well, I already have some ideas on how I'm going to make my farming more eco-friendly, but I'd like some more, some ideas I have are: No fertilizer (I grew organics last year too) collecting rainwater in buckets to use to water on drier days (I'm going to make a small shed which I can store the water for just such an occasion) Allowing bugs into my garden Also, I plan to compost all the plant waste (I also use my dog's "Waste" for fertilizer... weird, I know, but it works, and it means I don't have to use up plastic bags, or pick the stuff up. Plus, it's better in the ground being broken up than in the landfill taking up space) And some things I worry about are: Moving sand into the area. I hear that sand is better for beats and carrots, but I wonder if it would be a bad environmental change to move sand into the area. It's not a large area of land, but still. Please excuse me if I didn't make too much sense, I'm really confused right now... school is getting to me :(
Posted by A good name 10 years ago