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Re: what do you put in the compost that other may not of thought of?

Post  llama momma on 4/29/2015, 8:19 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@Goosegirl wrote:I make my own yogurt and strain it to give it the thick texture, so I end up with LOTS of the liquid 'whey' left.  What I don't use in cooking (making bread or waffles) gets poured on my compost pile.  From what I have read, it is supposed to be a decent accelerator.

OMG!  We should be roommates. I often put the whey in my smoothies. I love it, and will sometimes drink it plain. I  usually end up giving the yogurt cheese to my mom or tossing it in the compost if it´s not organic. Not a big fan of todays dairy.

Wow! Let all be roommates, I also drink fresh whey.  Created from the process of making traditional kefir in my kitchen.  Lucky to have a dairy in the state that sells grass grazed whole milk from non GMO feeds and forage, and no rBST is fed to the cows.  For Ohio SFG forum members, its called Snowville Creamery.  Hartzler's is another excellent one.  I don't think they sell out of state.
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Post  Razed Bed on 4/29/2015, 9:04 am

Can all who make the yogurt and kefir describe your processes for heating your concoctions to the proper temperatures without getting them too high?

We have tried using the oven light in the oven and putting the glass jars on our patio in the sun, but we seldom get consistent 110 degree temperatures either way.  We even built our own dehydrator out of a cardboard box and keyless light, but the 60 watt bulb was not hot enough and the 75 watt bulb was too hot.  Adding a small fan to the box did not bring the temperature down.

Eventually we get yogurt, but it is not the best.

Has anybody tried making homemade coconut yogurt or kefir?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/29/2015, 9:38 am

RB, check you PMs.  Please excuse the misspellings, lack of capitalization and senseless sentences, if any. The voice feature on my tablet seems to have forgotten its lessons from school and I don't always catch them.
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Re: what do you put in the compost that other may not of thought of?

Post  llama momma on 4/29/2015, 1:16 pm

I make dairy kefir not coconut and is approx. 24 hour ferment at room temp. Check out lots more on line. Yemoos.com or something similar, culture for health is another. An in depth site is doms insight just Google it will cover all you could ever ask and much more
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Post  Razed Bed on 4/29/2015, 1:46 pm

Many thanks.

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What to put in the compost that others may not have thought of.

Post  SFGHealthCoach on 1/11/2016, 9:43 pm

Question from one of the SFG FB pages:  
Is is ok to put unused barley (grains) into the compost?

And what about legumes?
Seems like if you have anything unexpected sprout and grow - that would be a good thing.

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Re: what do you put in the compost that other may not of thought of?

Post  sanderson on 1/11/2016, 10:38 pm

A good question. It seems to me that an unexpected volunteer here and there is fun. But, to have hundreds or thousands of volunteers in the beds can be a problem, creating over-crowding and nutrient competition. I would soak the seeds to force germination, dry them, then use in compost. The hot Berkeley 18-day method of composting, that I use, kills most seeds. The cooler, slower methods, not so much.

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Re: what do you put in the compost that other may not of thought of?

Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/12/2016, 8:02 am

Good thought, germinate then compost after drying. I would think that it would be OK in a younger pile that you will be turning and working more actively. That way, when you see a ton of germinating seeds, chop and leave exposed. Repeat. Repeat. Lol
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Post  milt48 on 2/6/2016, 3:33 pm

I begged for a five gallon bucket of elephant doo doo when the circus was in town. I did get some strange looks, and got yelled at by my wife transporting it home.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/6/2016, 4:03 pm

I do a cold compost. I'd be very concerned about them sprouting all over the place... So force germinate first.
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Post  sanderson on 2/6/2016, 5:38 pm

@milt48 wrote:I begged for a five gallon bucket of elephant doo doo when the circus was in town. I did get some strange looks, and got yelled at by my wife transporting it home.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/6/2016, 5:43 pm

Well, I certainly had NOT thought of that one, Milt! lol!
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Post  ralitaco on 7/19/2016, 7:54 pm

Hello SFG'ers, I know I've been away for a bit...life has been busy and my SFG has been less than stellar this summer so I haven't had much reason to post.

However, that has changed some. My daughter is hedgehog sitting...not my idea but circumstances, sad faces and the promise of scratch made cookies.

So my question, can I use the hedgehog waste and cedar shakes in my compost pile?
That is not a question I ever thought I would ask

Thanks in advance
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Post  sanderson on 7/20/2016, 12:33 am

RT, Hi there. What is the hedgehog fed? Vegetarian primarily? I would vote yes you can add the pooh.

Cedar shingles? No because cedar is fairly resistant to breaking down, it is fairly irritating to skin and breathing, and if they were ever treated, well then definitely no. Treating older cedar shingles is fairly common here.

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