I've Started Composting

My Bin - Finally have the bin I've been waiting on from the County I live in
@webeishere (36353)
United States
May 4, 2008 2:55pm CST
Here is the compost bin that was delayed a couple weeks ago. I've gotten a late start on my composting but I finally have the bin and set it up Saturday and added the ingedients for the starting of my own compost. So I added dried leaves, twigs broken into tiny pieces, bark also broken into tiny pieces, grass clippings, coffee grounds, egg shells, cardboard shredded, newspapers also shredded, other variopus food scraps like lemon rinds, orange peels, watermelon rinds etc. What else can I add as far as green materials and house wastes to the bin? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
5 May 08
I believe that you can add any table scraps as long as they don't contain any meat or fat.. Isn't that the way it goes?? I read that somewhere.. I need to start a compost heap, I have a bungh of leaves from last year that were raked to a certain area of my yard, I am trying to fill in a gully in the woodsy area in the back of my house, will that work to fill it in or will they just compost after awhile.. You are the pro here.. Good luck and happy gardening..
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• United States
5 May 08
They will decompose over time. Keep adding the leaves every year and b4 you know it, you'll have some mighty rich compost.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 May 08
it'll decompose over time making a compost as well. I had a pile of leaves, grass, and junk in the back and it's almost all composted now. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
5 May 08
Thanks for the info, I was hoping they would turn to compost..
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
4 May 08
Looks like you are off to a great start with your compost bin, Grandpa Bob. Don't forget to water it as needed. I already mentioned in a prior discussion what all you can add to it. No meat, no dairy products, no dog/cat poop.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 May 08
How wet should it be/remain? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
5 May 08
Damp but not dripping wet. Too much water can do just as much harm to a compost pile as too little can. You should be able to ball the mixture up in your hand. If it remains a ball after you set it down, then it's wet enough.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 May 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB! I have read in the Wikipedia that you can also add saw dust and wood chips. You can also add vegetable trimmings. Oh also, if you have also manure of poultry and herbivorous animals, which I think you might not have. haha..Just my thoughts. Take care and have a nice day!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 May 08
Just dog poo and no other creatures features. But can't use Busters poo for the compost. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 May 08
haha..Buster's poo is definitely a NO! haha..
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
4 May 08
Sounds like you got it, whatever veggie or fruit food scraps you have and grass clippings, that is what I use..
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• United States
12 May 08
Yeah, composting is the best idea. So is recycling. Both of these solutions help cut down on trash. When it comes down to composting, you should check something out. Have you ever heard of a compostumbler? This machine converts all organic material into compost in two weeks. The website for this is www.compostumbler.com. Let me know what you think.
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• United States
12 May 08
Yes Jake, I have seen those and would really like to have one, but we could never afford it..My neighbors had one similar, but he sold it at a garage sale..
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
7 May 08
I don't know-- but tell me what are you going to do with all of this when it's done? Does it ever get done? Is this something that you put on the garden to fertilize? I know a lot of people that say the compost-- but I guess I never understood why? We take out our peelings (potato & apples) and other fresh food scraps (fruits and veggies) and put them in the corner of the garden. Usually my sig other will roto-till them in to the soil. He says it's good fertilization - but I don't know if it is true.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
7 May 08
It can be tilled into tyhe soil prior to planting to aid in fertilization etc. It also can be used as a mulch at the end of the season or during the heated days to preserve moisture on plants etc. it takes awhile for the itmes to all decompse. It will take a few weeks at least until I have something looking like compost as I just started a few days ago. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
5 May 08
Your compost bin looks mighty mean and your pretty much covered with what you could put in there. Does it not require you to rotate it? Though I saw vents and I wonder how long will it take for it to be fully composted.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 May 08
Yes it needs turning when adding to it to keep things in an even keel inside the bin as far as composting it down. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
5 May 08
I know this might sound like a stupid question because as you know I am not a gardener, but why do people start composts?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 May 08
It can be turned into the soil of a garden bed enriching the soil with a lot of nutrients etc. It can also be used as a mulch. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
5 May 08
Looks like you've got it pretty well covered. I believe you can put your paper towel and toilet paper tubes in as well. Don't forget to save some of those eggshells for your tomatoes!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
5 May 08
I think thats a great idea. I just saw composting on the Oprah show. They showed you how and what you can throw in the composting bin. Good luck! Happy composting!LOL
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 May 08
Vegetable kitchen scraps, shredded brown grocery bags, but I think you have it just about covered. Happy cooking!
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• United States
23 Jun 08
Sounds good to me! I love gardening, but rarely have a chance to garden, anymore. The only thing that I have ever heard about composting is that the composte needs to aerate or get air into it, or the bottom layers will become rancid. I have never composted, so I don't know if that is truth or fiction. Be well. Best of luck with your composte!
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
23 May 08
I have started this today myself. However I did not get a bin for it, I can't afford that at this time. I just bought some chicken wire for now, perhaps in a few weeks or so I can buy a bin for it. I'm really just doing this the passive way. I'm not paying too much attention to what goes in it, as long as it will eventually break down. Mostly I just want to cut down on my trash, as it's quite expensive to pay for trash removal here.
• United States
12 May 08
I see that you started a huge compost pile outside. Did you know that it will take approximately ten months or so for the bottom inside of the pile to decay fully? Then you have to mix the pile, which is hard labor. Well, I want to talk to you about something. I want to point out something great for you. Have you ever heard of a compostumbler. This machine is a rotating drum with valves that converts organic material into new freshly and crumbly ground brown gold compost. The process is done in two weeks. Yeah! Voila! You can simply go to the website that sells compostumblers at www.compostumbler.com. OK? Think about it. It is worth it. Let me know what you think.