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Post  Aub 8/11/2010, 12:22 am

So I'm very new to this whole SFG thing. So far so good. But I don't know poop about compost! I had my hubby put a compost area in my garden. It's like the one my dad had 25 years ago, 3 cement block sides and an open front and top.

What do I need to throw in my compost area? Right now it's just some grass clippings. We don't have leafy trees just pine trees and pine needles don't really do anything. We've had the same 3 foot pile of pine needles around the trees for 2 and a half years! Plus the bees like to make nests in them.

What are the "rules" for composting? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!
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Post  Wyldflower 8/11/2010, 12:45 am

There has been a lot of talk about what to put into our compost piles. One more recent discussion was in THIS THREAD. You'll find more if you use the search function in the left-hand column of this page.

I'm just about to 'build' a proper compost pile, too. I have the cement blocks that I'm taking down from my potato bed, and I'll make three sections along the back of my garage (concrete block construction) to turn the compost into.

I know one thing is to have a balance of 'greens' and 'browns'... if you don't have leaves, you may want to let some of the grass clippings dry out before adding to the compost pile... or see if a neighbor has leaves to 'donate'... or worst case scenario, buy some straw (not hay, which has lots of seeds) and add that for your 'browns'.
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Post  Chopper 8/11/2010, 12:48 am

See, this is how it starts. A simple idea to create a compost pile and next thing you know you are slamming on the brakes for discarded leaves and following horses in parades with a shovel and bucket.

There are a few threads on this subject already, and a google search (yahoo et al must hate that expression) for 'how to make compost' and you will learn more than you ever wanted to know. It is fun!

Some examples on this blog:
arguing over what to put in compost; compost questions and can I compost tissues
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Post  Aub 8/11/2010, 12:55 am

Thanks all! I'm going to make a sign for the kitchen and one for the garden about what can and can not go in the pile.
I can foresee the number of trash bags we use decreasing quite a bit!
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Post  junequilt 8/11/2010, 12:27 pm

One good thing to remember is that although you can't compost carnivore or omnivore poop, you can compost pee.

Seriously, urine is high-nitrogen and contains no pathogens, so it makes a great "green" for composting. DH gets a certain satisfaction out of contributing to the composting process. He can break down a bale of straw in nothing flat!

(I hope I haven't creeped you out by mentioning this, Aub, but I wasn't sure it had been brought up in any of the other composting threads and it can be quite valuable during times of year when greens are not readily available. Also, the thread topic made it irresistible).

Leaves are our first choice of browns for composting because the resulting compost seems to be the most nutritious. If we can't get our own leaves, we seek them from people who are not compost conscious. Chopper knows what I'm talking about, LOL! Just keep a box or trash bag and a pair of gloves in the trunk this fall, and you'll be bringing home the makings of black gold. We also like straw and cardboard. A good strong green will EAT cardboard!

We also like grass clippings and use them fresh as greens. We've even gotten great compost from just piling grass clippings and nothing else. It takes a while for them to break down entirely because they have a tendency to clump, but the inside of the pile gets HOT very quickly and stays that way for a long time.

Best of luck with your collecting! It will become compulsive . . . Can we talk some poop? (well...Compost!) Icon_cool
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Post  Aub 8/11/2010, 11:40 pm

My sisters both think I'm crazy for getting so excited about this stuff. I talk about SFG all the time and I'm so proud of my little garden!

I own a salon and all my clients are excited about my garden and they ask me about it all the time. I am going to bring some of the hair clippings home and toss that in the pile. I've been saving fruit and veggie scraps from the kitchen. You wouldn't believe the goodies I pulled out of the crisper (soggy) drawer!

How would you go about composting pee?! Never-mind. All I'm imagining is following the dogs around with a bucket. Although with 3 boys that love to pee on things I bet they would help out. Very Happy
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Post  trukrebew 8/12/2010, 11:19 pm

Can we talk some poop? (well...Compost!) Lol I can see my 3 boys now, "Look, we wrote our names in the compost!"
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