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Starting a Compost Pile

Compost Pile
Starting your own compost pile can save you money on your garbage bill, reduce the waste you send to the landfill, and will give you your own organic compost that you can use to amend the soil in your garden beds. This is a page on starting a compost pile.
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March 4, 2019

Our neighbors think we are very odd people when we save grass clippings, leaves, discarded fruit and veggie peels, and now shredded newspaper clippings.Homemade Compost - The Natural Way To Green Gardening

 

We started a compost pile behind our fence, away from view. We do this for our garden, after it matures in 3 to 5 months with rain and humidity. Once it has matured, it is added to the garden for lawn reseeding, flowers, bushes, and in the veggie garden.

So you see everything that was made from nature is placed back into nature. Note: this is all new growth in February and soon will be bright with flowers. The last older picture is all done with mulch.

Homemade Compost - The Natural Way To Green Gardening
 
Homemade Compost - The Natural Way To Green Gardening - mixing materials with a rake
 
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May 3, 2012

Composting recycles organic matter into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Although the finished product is a complex mixture of organic matter, bacteria and enzymes, the process of making compost isn't complex at all.

Compost Pile

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March 25, 2008

What is Compost? Compost is the end result of the decomposition of organic material, or waste. This occurs naturally in the bush, or a forest, by the accumulation of debris from plant and animal material; and provided there is moisture present, decomposition will occur.

Pail of vegetable trimmings

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June 5, 2008

Composting is an easy, inexpensive way to reduce your yard and kitchen waste, while keeping your garden filled with nutrient-rich soil. Keep your compost pile neat and trouble-free, by preventing these common problems before they arise.

wood sided compost pile

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January 4, 2007

How do I make my own compost? Composting doesn't have to be complicated. There are really no hard and fast rules, but here are some tips for getting started.

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Find a convenient place near your garden to start a pile.

Compost pile made with wood pallets.

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May 14, 2001

A layering method first devised by Sir Albert Howard in 1931 while he was doing studies in India.

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February 24, 2010

Do you throw your Tim Hortons' cups in the recycle or garbage? I found out that they can be composted. So I rinse them out and place one at a time, inside my small compost container, and use them for soggy things like tea bags and coffee filters, oatmeal too.

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April 28, 2008

Composting adds free organic material to your garden which helps the soil retain and drain water and encourages healthier plants. Here is an easy way to compost.

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February 23, 2006

For maximum efficiency, the compost pile needs to consist of the right carbon/nitrogen (brown to green) ratio (between 25:1 to 30:1). If your bin is not completely enclosed on the bottom, use the following recipe...

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September 19, 2005

Used in composting to stimulate biological activity. Because they are usually high in nitrogen, activators feed microorganisms; they might also contain other decay organisms that become introduced to the compost via the activator.

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June 7, 2005

A quick and easy compost method if you don't have manure but do have a good supply of grass clippings. Grass is quite high in nitrogen. Mix one part of sawdust with four parts of fresh grass clippings.

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April 8, 2001

During the winter I set a large trash can outside my kitchen door. I place my food scraps (compostable ones) in this during the winter.

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There is no smell as it rarely gets above freezing in Vermont during the winter.

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March 30, 2011

I need some ideas to start an economical compost pile.

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Joy Poulos from Slidell, LA

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March 30, 20110 found this helpful

You can compost in a pile on the ground if you want to and you don't have pets or kiddos that will "get into it". As far as what goes into it, you don't have to spend any money really: peelings, leaves, etc.

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June 5, 2008

If using table waste in the compost pile does it attract animals to feed from it? I am concerned that table waste will attract mice, rats, raccoons, etc. If so it seems that this would give the critters access to the vegetables in the garden as well.



Stephen from Kansas

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By Kim in Georgia (Guest Post)
June 4, 20080 found this helpful

I compost a lot at home and use all table waste with the exception of meat, fat or dairy. In fact, my family, kids and husband, all are now used to putting the "waste" into the compost container instead of the garbage disposal or trash can.

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I haven't had a problem with critters. Maybe because I always cover my table waste with a thick layer of soil or compost that has ripened. If it's covered well, critters will usually not bother. Hope this helps!

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful

I've never had any problems with critters or creatures disturbing my compost and I use all kinds of kitchen food scraps. I never compost meat or bones.

Just be sure to cover each new addition of table scraps with the other composted materials or some dirt. That ensures that there won't be any odor.

My compost bin is located not far from my back door and I've never had any problems with odors or critters.

Good luck with your composting efforts! It's very worthwhile and makes a fantasticly rich addition to veggie garden soil.

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful

If you are really worried about "critters" take a storage bin (any size - from W-M or home store)and poke some holes around the bottom, sides, and top and use it for your compost. Just turn the thing over (and side to side) often. I have a wire cage I use and have never had critters bother it. Can't convince my husband though!

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April 20, 2010

How do I set up an organic compost bin?

Hardiness Zone: 4b

By c henderson from Grand Lake, CO

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