Composting info?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by watchdogps, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. watchdogps

    watchdogps Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Central Ohio
    Can anyone point me to an easy guide to composting? Just need the basics, and would love a list of do and do not put in your pile.

  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    Pile it up.

    Let it rot.

    If you do it in the chicken coop, it'll be supercharged by spring, ready for the Garden.

    (See my BYC page for pics of my setup of sub-ground level dirt floor deep litter composting pit)
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    You can add just about any organic matter, vegetable peels, manure, eggshells, even used tissue paper and toilet roll/kitchen roll holders (carton). Here's a few tips:
    Do not put grass cuttings in, it causes an anaerobic reaction (don't ask me what that means), DH is talking, I'm typing.
    Onion skins don't break down well and are anti-fungal.
    Ash keeps the acidity down in your heap.
    Cow manure is the best for your heap.
    Chicken poop is VERY acid, add lots of ash.
    Earthworms will break it down a treat.
    You can add soil/sand.
    Add leaf mulch for fiber.
    Turn the heap every few months, dig it over with a fork.
    If you live in a dry area, water the heap now and then to keep it moist.

    That's all we can think of now.
  4. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    No meat or bone, altho some do. Will draw beasties but it will anyway, racoons like vegies too.

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