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

Topic by rjltnvols 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 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

Topic by Charley Davidson 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 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?

Question by billito 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

Topic by dorothyroeder 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


compost shredder-bike ?

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

Question by ndancer93 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


dog poop in compost? Answered

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

Question by tincanz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 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?

Question by Herbal_T 9 years ago


how to make compost?

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

Question by gloriusmona 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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/

Topic by Helen Holden 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Semi Compostable Wallet

Hey guys I just wanted to share what I'm working on right now. I was going to see the community's feedback on it. Right now I'm making a semi compostable wallet. I'm making it from the new sun chips bags. Now I say semi cause I'm also using some clothe, tape and thread. So I was thinking and wondering, should I make a semi compostable or should I just go fully. meaning nothing but sun chip bags (Although probably still using some thread to hold it together) So please feedback. Positive if you can. I'm making it for fun and other reasons. One of my favorite reasons is if people ask why. I could tell them when I'm done with it, I can leave it outside and soon it will compost. I'm hoping to make it a green wallet, not the color but in the since of being earth friendly. Thanks guys, hope to here from you all.

Topic by Onkei 9 years ago


For us garden composters,

Is there some genius out there who can devise a hand (or foot) powered leaf  and twig chopper?   I'm groing old cutting this stuff by hand with scissors or shears.   It must be rugged, and able to chew up wet stuff as well as dry, brittle or stringy.   Mother Earth needs you!!

Question by ClaireW01 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Question by billybobdungbeetle 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Alcohol Fuel Barrel Used for Composting

Hello,I wanted to start my own backyard composting and I looked at a instructable on how to build a tumbling composter and I finally secured a 55 gallon barrel that I could potentially. I was told from a co-worker that the contents of the barrel were only alcohol fuel. Will I be able to use this barrel as my compost barrel and be safe from using the compost in my garden, lawn, flower, etc? I did a bit of research and it seems to be safe as some people have used composting to create alcohol fuel with a distillery. Just want to be absolutely sure and safe before I do anything.Thank you!

Question by Zaxious 21 days ago  |  last reply 17 days 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

Question by kelana 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

Question by RadBear 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


compost pile full of roots How do I stop this from happing?

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?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Maggots in my compost bin?

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

Question by mrdepo96 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is it ok to compost in galvanized metal containers?

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

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 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.

Question by rachel 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


what can be put on the compost pile? All kitchen waste material ?

Question by herbste 10 years ago  |  last reply 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

Question by 9.6 Volts 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 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

Question by uthyr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


My 55-gal. barrel has a polyacrylamide emulsion residue, can I remove it?

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.

Question by Choctaw 1954 8 years ago  |  last reply 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.

Question by Mother Malarky 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Yeast fermentation for composting solution?

I threw some hay off my lawn and some green weecds into a garbage can, some sugar and yeast and formented it to slug beer but the slugs did not like it. It then fermented further to vinegar, and a crust of green "Mold?" covered it. seems to have protected the vinegar from further fermentation. I tried a second bigger batch ( morning glory weeds) with less sugar but after a few days of good fermenting it went rotten and stinky. So there are probably thresholds for sugar content. Would the yeast be a way of adding fertilizer to organic gardens? Yeast can (I think) convert urea and nitrate to protein. Perhaps some green stuff has enough sugar to work without sugar addition. vine prunings? maybe. The first batch, i put bleach in to kill off microbes before I added water and yeast. Perhaps hydrated lime would work instead of bleach and also get the ph good for yeast fermentation. This might be a cheap way of liming your garden. (Here in victoria, hydrated type s lime is cheaper than limestone for garden addition. (But it contains more calcium!) The "yeast tea" or vinegar tea could be used on the garden and the weeds could then be transfered to normal compost or used as mulch. It might be an alternative way of using diseased materials of composting seedy weeds to kill the seeds. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 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?

Question by DottieM 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 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? 

Question by quagss 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 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

Question by jaybob 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

Question by blkhawk 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year 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.

Question by WerdnaN 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 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?

Topic by bkmaruyama 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Electric motor to turn large, non-centered load?

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!

Question by sangretoro 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 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)

Question by Greenguyh2o 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 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...

Question by tincanz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


where can I get worms for a composting bin in Sitka, Alaska?

Question by karateboy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Question by ChrisnLaura 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


build your own composting toilet?

How to do

Question by Annathewe 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Topic by pinkrenegades 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Colossal (to me, anyway) Compost Kerfuffle

[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?

Topic by Gorfram 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Question by BOOM5601 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

Question by Pizzapie500 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 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.

Question by Charley Davidson 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I mix worm castings into my garden?

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?

Question by cinderbelle 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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?

Question by janet_aj27 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Other than composting, what can I do with a lot of grass? Answered

Question by dudeman176 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago