how to make compost?

 We built the screened barrel type composter featured on this site but are unsure how to make compost in it.

Asked by gloriusmona 8 years ago


composter made of igloo drink cooler

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


DR. WHO Composter

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



Is it safe to use the Phosphoric Acid Barrels from a large soda bottler to make a composter?

These are barrels I got when I requested Soda Syrup Barrels, directly from the bottling plant.  They still contain a small amount of liquid.  The barrels are white and have a label that says CRI-1020787, Corrosive, 8, Phosphoric Acid Solution, UN 1805, along with a bar code. There is no mention of percentage on the label.  I assume they are food grade.  I need to know if they are safe to use to make a composter.  Please let me know, what you know.

Asked by jpalke 8 years ago



I need help with my digester project ? Answered

Hello i   have   attached  a  drawing  of  a project  i   am   thinking about  , but   like ususla have some  questions i  need  help with. 1.  you  see on the drawing   i  have  included   a   storage tank.  Do you think  it will work    laid out like this? 2. How  can i    compress the  methane   enough to runa    smal  generator? 3.What would  be   the size  of  teh    safety  gas  valve   i should  purchase. I have no idea of  how   much pressure  a  smll  8 to 12 hp  generator takes to   run . Any help anyone  can  give  woudl be  greatly appreciated. thanks, andy

Asked by andy1917 7 years ago


Compost tumbler compost removal?

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


compost shredder-bike ?

Looking for ideas/designs to create a bike powered compost materials shredder?

Asked by ndancer93 5 years ago


dog poop in compost? Answered

 is dog poop bad for compost because it isn't plant based?

Asked by tincanz 7 years ago


is it ok to compost in galvanized metal containers?

Will galvanized metal containers leach chemicals into composting material intended for garden use

Asked by 8 years ago


Maggots in my compost bin?

I recently found maggots in my compost bin. There are thousands. What should i do?

Asked by mrdepo96 7 years ago


Winter composting?

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?

Asked by 9 years ago


i live in an apartment and want to compost but dont have outdoor space to do it any help?

I want to compost in apartment but how that is the question

Asked by jaybob 8 years ago


composting

I am getting ready to start composting, and I was wondering what all can you put in them. I know leaves, grass, food left overs, things like that. But can you put paper and cardboard, etc

Posted by rjltnvols 10 years ago


How do I make finished compost indoors?

I can't have a compost bin or pile or bury food scraps in the garden due to bears & raccoons. Can I make finished compost indoors?

Asked by DottieM 9 years ago


rotating compost pricicng

How much do you think people would pay for a rotating composter made from a recycled 55 gallon drum and all recycled materials?

Asked by Herbal_T 9 years ago




Help - Worms of composting bin escape

Hello, I had some trouble with escape of worms in my composting bin. What should I do?

Posted by bkmaruyama 5 years ago


what is a food item that composts very quickly? Answered

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


Can you compost fruit that has been in an alcoholic drink like Sangria? Answered

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


compost toilet for a camper van?

Want to explore the possibility of a small home built compost loo to fit in an 18 inch square space height of space 7 feet. considering dry compost method, poo only, using fine woodshavings as soak.

Asked by Mother Malarky 8 years ago


Composting Toilets

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 have a few questions about a compost bin made out of pallets.

 (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


How do I get compost to release methane?

I am hoping to produce some natural gas this year from compost, any tips/experience? 

Asked by quagss 7 years ago


build your own composting toilet?

How to do

Asked by Annathewe 9 years ago


composting amateur

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


Is aluminum mesh okay to use for composting?

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



Is it better to put compost bin under direct sun or under shade?

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



It is safe to use treated lumber to build a compost box? Answered

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


How to build a self contained composting toilet like the commercial models for my tour bus?

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


Can i use rice wine waste in my COMPOST?

My dad brews rice wine, he stirs and filters it around every 2 weeks, can i use the remains ( the rice and yeast sediments) that he throws out, in my compost?

Asked by janet_aj27 8 years ago


Can I write an instructable on what and what not to add to compost when there is an instructable on 'composting' ? Answered

I just want to know if it would be appropriate or just repeating an instructable

Asked by 9.6 Volts 8 years ago


How to make a no smell, no flies, worm compost bin?

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


Does it make sense to compost indoors in an apartment? Answered

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



How much energy can be generated by a large compost pile? Answered

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


Would putting saltpetre on a compst heap be good for the compost? Answered

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



Dig a hole in the ground. Compost in hole. Bugs in hole. Lid on top of hole. Hassle free Compost bin?

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


composter question

Never composted before, but am going to get a 55 gal poly drum. I live in Phoenix, AZ. the thing will probably be in shade most of the time.  Will that get too hot for worms? How many holes should I make, how close to the bottom and how big? Thanks.

Posted by dorothyroeder 7 years ago


How do you make a good compost tea ?

I would like to make a wonderful brew for my vegetables to thrive on and introduce nitrogen to the soil.

Asked by niceribs 7 years ago


Are the hops in beer wort still dangerous to dogs after being composted? Answered

I make beer. I make compost. I would like to use the former, to assist the latter. However, as most home-brewers already know, hops are very dangerous to dogs. This made me wonder: If I use the wort that I strain out of my homemade beer, will the hops in the gooey mess still be dangerous to my dogs if they get into the compost days/weeks/months later?

Asked by Sunkicked 8 years ago


can i make a compost tumbler out of a non food grade barrell.

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?

Asked by 9 years ago


How can I run a CPU fan from a solar array? How big of an array do I need? This is to move air into a compost bid? Answered

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



How to make a Worm/compost separater/shaker with a straight shaft electric motor? Answered

I raise composting nightcrawlers for fishing bait and worm castings.  I need to make a simple shaking machine with 3 different sizes of screens.  The first screen with keep all of the larger pieces of dirt and twigs from the compost and a few of the larger worms.    The second screen of a smaller mesh will keep most of the worms and a little of the unfinished compost.  The third and final screen will let through only the worm castings and the worm cocoons.  This machine should hold at least a five gallon bucket of compost at a time and the worms have already turned any large particles of garbage; leaves; dirt etc into small parts, but picking these worms out a few at a time is a very time consuming process and I have a lot of 50 gallon barrells to go through.

Asked by zimginny 8 years ago