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

 (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)

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Josehf Murchison

5 years ago

NY city or NY state?

I live in town now and we put every thing from greasy paper and meat to the normal things in our compost bin for the township to pick up.

When I lived in the country I put everything in the compost, but I wouldn't do that in the city. The reason they recommend you don't do that is the smell not the effectiveness of the composter, my garden grew like a weed.

Too much moisture can make your composter smell so yes cover it.

Joe

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Josehf Murchisonrickharris

Answer 5 years ago

Everything brings out the rats.

The rats bring out the predators like snakes, weasels, martens, owls, and hawks.

A few years ago during the winter a Wood Owl followed me everywhere I went when I was in the bush. He would let me get so close I could have reached up and pet him when he was perched on a branch. Turned out when a mouse jumped across the path I made in the snow he would dive after the mouse and eat it.

And I thought the owl liked me.

Joe

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Greenguyh2o

5 years ago

thanks all! it was all very helpful!

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Triclaw

5 years ago

Im from northern ohio and I have had a pallet composter for 5 years the rain you get will be fine when you turn the compost dig 4 or so inches bellow the compost and put it on top nutrients saved and yes the pallets will decompose eventualy there wood and that's just what is gona happen don't staple tarps to the outside compost needs air to work and break down if you cover it will become abotic and fester rot and stink compost works fastest three feet high three feet wide and ariated

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rickharris

5 years ago

Your compost should be damp but not wet. Too wet and the bacteria doing the good work will not thrive - so yes cover it if it is raining.

Don't put meat or waste cooked food in it or you will attract rats, veg peelings, Tea bags and coffee grounds are fine as are egg shells.