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Post  llama momma 11/11/2012, 8:30 am

I routinely pass through a tiny village (poplation 1,100) in order to go to town. The tiny village decorates the main st. lamp posts with Halloween pumpkins and corn stalks, nobody steals or defaces. (wow says this ol new york gal) Anyway it's all coming down today to make way for Christmas decorations....guess who opened her big mouth and is loading up the stuff for the compost heaps?? and more pumpkin pulp for my worm bins.... I am so totally out of control with composting... pale No
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Post  camprn 11/11/2012, 8:38 am

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Post  mollyhespra 11/11/2012, 3:47 pm

@llama momma wrote:...snip...
.... I am so totally out of control with composting... pale No

Obsessive Composting Disorder?
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Post  Goosegirl 11/11/2012, 4:02 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:
@llama momma wrote:...snip...
.... I am so totally out of control with composting... pale No

Obsessive Composting Disorder?
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Post  llama momma 11/11/2012, 4:11 pm

Yes that's it!! You are so clever! Love It!
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Post  Kelejan 11/11/2012, 4:34 pm

Some of us are going to see a huge improvement in our gardens next year. Very Happy
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Post  southern gardener 11/11/2012, 5:07 pm

[quote="Kelejan"]Some of us are going to see a huge improvement in our gardens next year. Very Happy [/quot

I always wonder what happened to Too Tall tomatoes and his compost? he was going crazy last year trying to get a huge pile going. I know I can contact him PM...but just was wondering if anyone actually knows him and his garden plans?
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Post  walshevak 11/12/2012, 12:07 pm

He hasn't visited the site since May.

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Post  Triciasgarden 11/12/2012, 12:23 pm

Oh wow, that is wonderful all those pumpkins!
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Post  NHGardener 11/12/2012, 10:04 pm

I'm another composting fanatic. Every nice day I'm out there carting leaves from the woods to put in my new beds and over the old ones. I pull soggy bark from rotting trees. Tear up moss and black soil from around rocks. Make daily trips to the coffee shop with my 5 gallon bucket for grinds. And hopefully this week I'll get to the beach for seaweed.

It's just plain FUN.
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Post  donnainzone5 11/13/2012, 10:45 am

Like treasure hunting!
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Post  NHGardener 11/13/2012, 10:51 am

Yup, treasure it is. Black gold.

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Post  plantoid 11/13/2012, 12:56 pm

Imagine writing a CV with our composting exploits in mind .
Expert in collecting on **** and little interest in anything to do with paid employment Wink
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Post  FamilyGardening 11/13/2012, 1:00 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:
@llama momma wrote:...snip...
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Obsessive Composting Disorder?

lol!

we did it....we ( hubby, 6 year old, 12 year old and my self) went over and raked up our neighbors yard that was full of leaves rock on she thought it was awesome bounce .....last year she paid a teenager 20 bucks to rake them OMG:Another compost source... 1280598131

our daughter went and spent the night at my sisters house and came home with a large lawn bag full of leaves cheers

Im thinking our family has CCD rofl

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Post  NHGardener 11/13/2012, 1:49 pm

@plantoid wrote:Imagine writing a CV with our composting exploits in mind .
Expert in collecting on **** and little interest in anything to do with paid employment Wink

Ain't that the truth? We'll have to settle for richness in our soil.
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Post  llama momma 11/13/2012, 1:59 pm

@NHGardener wrote:I'm another composting fanatic. Every nice day I'm out there carting leaves from the woods to put in my new beds and over the old ones. I pull soggy bark from rotting trees. Tear up moss and black soil from around rocks. Make daily trips to the coffee shop with my 5 gallon bucket for grinds. And hopefully this week I'll get to the beach for seaweed.

It's just plain FUN.

I agree, it is plain FUN, I would love seaweed -- Very Jealous!! Wink
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Post  efirvin 11/13/2012, 3:10 pm

@llama momma wrote:I routinely pass through a tiny village (poplation 1,100) in order to go to town. The tiny village decorates the main st. lamp posts with Halloween pumpkins and corn stalks, nobody steals or defaces. (wow says this ol new york gal) Anyway it's all coming down today to make way for Christmas decorations....guess who opened her big mouth and is loading up the stuff for the compost heaps?? and more pumpkin pulp for my worm bins.... I am so totally out of control with composting... pale No

Thats so cool! You must have a really big compost pile or several ones. I know its gonna take me awhile to fill up both sides of my tumbler composter but the end results will be worth it!
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Post  llama momma 11/13/2012, 3:35 pm

When I get the next 3 put together there will be 6 wooden pallet bins. But at the moment I must get in the garage and make room for my car! And should I admit it's a 2 car garage? Sad
Promised hubby I'd clean up all my messy gardening and composting storage stuff in there last week... off to clean my Ginormous Mess.
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Post  efirvin 11/13/2012, 3:47 pm

Have fun llama momma!
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Post  NHGardener 11/13/2012, 3:54 pm

I had a compost pile and I found that the tree roots got the best of it. SO - then I started 3 new 4x8 boxes, and I composted directly in them all summer. They are all mounded up with all my secret ingredients, and then in the spring I hope to be able to spread some of that around to the other boxes, and put MM in the top over the finished (or mostly finished, hopefully) compost.

I'm sold on composting right in the raised bed. And I figure I should probably rotate the beds and give one a rest each year, so that year can be designated as my compost bed...

Why give the soil under the compost pile the best nutrients?

Oh, and I have so put in an order for a shed primarily for my garden and bee/chicken stuff. One of these days when our ship of time and money comes in, that request will be granted. Smile
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Post  Goosegirl 11/13/2012, 9:33 pm

@NHGardener wrote:...I'm sold on composting right in the raised bed. And I figure I should probably rotate the beds and give one a rest each year, so that year can be designated as my compost bed...

Why give the soil under the compost pile the best nutrients?
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This is such a good idea! I built an extra box this summer and set it in the area of my old compost pile. I have now reduced my compost pile to an upright barrel and a tumbler. HOWEVER, I always seem to have more than what will fit in there, so think next year I will use the new box, with 'critter cage' sides as the new compost box. Then each year move the cage material to another box and spread the goodness around. Let's see if I can remember this brilliant idea come spring......... thinking

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Post  plantoid 11/14/2012, 6:19 pm

NHG....
I strongly suspect that composting direct on the bed might not allow you to get high temps needed unless you are going to build up some four foot sides .
High temps will tend to dry out the composting materials & the dryish compost will retain the nutrients released , very little will run into the ground after the inital heat up days , unless you absolutely soak the heap after turning it it over .
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Post  plantoid 11/14/2012, 6:20 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:
@NHGardener wrote:...I'm sold on composting right in the raised bed. And I figure I should probably rotate the beds and give one a rest each year, so that year can be designated as my compost bed...

Why give the soil under the compost pile the best nutrients?
...

This is such a good idea! I built an extra box this summer and set it in the area of my old compost pile. I have now reduced my compost pile to an upright barrel and a tumbler. HOWEVER, I always seem to have more than what will fit in there, so think next year I will use the new box, with 'critter cage' sides as the new compost box. Then each year move the cage material to another box and spread the goodness around. Let's see if I can remember this brilliant idea come spring......... thinking

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Post  NHGardener 11/14/2012, 6:35 pm

@plantoid wrote:NHG....
I strongly suspect that composting direct on the bed might not allow you to get high temps needed unless you are going to build up some four foot sides .

That is a consideration. I have about 18" in the beds right now, 6 inches in the box, and then about a foot over it by the time the leaves are covering the whole thing. It's been building there for a few months, and will stay over winter, under the snow. When spring comes, we'll see.

At the very least, it will be a partially composted bed, and then I'll put the vermiculite and peat over that, mixed around.

A grand experiment.
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Post  Turan 11/14/2012, 11:23 pm

I used my T-post trellis supports and tied some boards on them to make a back board for heaping against. I heaped up 3' or a bit more. So far it is working quite well, but my beds are 8' long so the heap can sorta slope.
I need the beds so this is just a fall/winter strategy. In the spring I will do my usual composting in the squash bed and then grow the squash in it and then move it in the fall to where ever needed.

I like the idea of having a different bed each year dedicated to composting. But each time I add one more bed I seem to need one more bed....... cyclops

Hmmm,,,,, this could be done in an adaption of the keyhole garden..... I think QuiltBea was thinking on these lines....

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