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Post  NHGardener 11/15/2012, 7:22 am

Turan - A thought I had was when I need the beds for the summer, at that point put in a cylindrical worm bin like Josh had posted a thread about here, right into a box (or more). A 6 inch-ish tube with large holes cut into the bottom sides so the worms can crawl in and out, placed in a corner of a square, fill it with compost from the top.
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Post  Turan 11/15/2012, 12:40 pm

@NHGardener wrote:Turan - A thought I had was when I need the beds for the summer, at that point put in a cylindrical worm bin like Josh had posted a thread about here, right into a box (or more). A 6 inch-ish tube with large holes cut into the bottom sides so the worms can crawl in and out, placed in a corner of a square, fill it with compost from the top.

I think QuiltBea's idea was to do that in the center of her 4X4 bed, the center of the bed being hardest to reach for planting. Like in the keyhole idea the compost in the middle would do a slow compost and feed plants around it through worm action and then at some point pull and tip it over and spread.

I have chickens and they get all kitchen scraps so I am not sure this is really workable for me. I tend to clean the coop and barn and make a compost heap then. That heap can be placed on top of a bed needing a rest or where I intend to plant squash later.

Did you see the Keyhole garden discussion?

Composting seems the most physical part of ANSFG and I wonder if these ideas can result in easing that.

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Post  NHGardener 11/15/2012, 5:32 pm

I haven't seen the keyhole garden discussion, will have to check that out, thanks.

Do the red wigglers eat chicken manure? Don't know. I have chickens too, and a dog, and I hear you, sometimes it gets thin spreading amongst everyone. Makes for light garbage bags.
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Post  plantoid 11/15/2012, 5:38 pm

@NHGardener wrote:I haven't seen the keyhole garden discussion, will have to check that out, thanks.

Do the red wigglers eat chicken manure? Don't know. I have chickens too, and a dog, and I hear you, sometimes it gets thin spreading amongst everyone. Makes for light garbage bags.

Yes neat poop it takes a while to get going and mine did not get as hot as I'd hoped . As neat poop it takes a few months to gain heat and the pong hangs around a couple of weeks. I suspect it is because it is so dense and not as aerobic as it could be.

Wetted with beddings and mixed greenery
. With a mixture the smell soon dissipates and the heat in the pile goes ballistic
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Post  Mud Marshal 11/15/2012, 10:12 pm

To all composters in the North East that were effected by Hurricane Sandy be looking out for the tree triming trucks with a load of chipped limps and leaves. My experince after a hurricane in Louisiana these guys are more than happy to dump you a truckload or ever how many loads you can accommodate. This material is excelent to use as composting material or free mulch. Word of caution take a look in the back of the truck and make sure it is mainly chipped material and not large limbs that were to large to be chipped. Although those large limbs do cut up and burn nice in a fire pit or chiminea.
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Post  Turan 11/16/2012, 1:12 am

@NHGardener wrote:Do the red wigglers eat chicken manure?

I doubt it. Chicken manure is incredibly high nitrogen and gets very hot in the pile fast when wetted. I never see worms in the compost pile until it has simmered down and is pretty close to finished. Well, I define level of finished compost by worms moving in and squash growing in so that is circular logic on my part.

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