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[Nov. 16th, 2012|11:34 pm]
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I have just purchased a compost bin on a local online op shop! 

Have you ever had a compost bin?
Do you have any tips you'd like to share?
What do you use your compost for? Growing veges? General gardening?
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[User Picture]From: bo1ng
2012-11-16 04:51 pm (UTC)

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we have a compost bin (a wooden box my husband made)

- don't let it get too dry, moist is good
- stir it up
- any worms you find in the garden, add to compost

we use ours for growing veggies in our raised beds
[User Picture]From: madscience
2012-11-16 10:19 pm (UTC)

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I have two compost bins and two piles going right now. Definitely get a compost thermometer from a garden store and check the temp every few days. You want to make sure it stays over 120°F for several weeks to kill weed seeds and harmful bacteria. 140°F is better; if you can keep it that high, you can safely compost meat and bones. Add carbon in the form of brown dead plant matter or shredded paper (make sure it's not paper with optical brighteners or poisonous inks). Churn it up occasionally to keep the aerobic bacteria happy and inhibit anaerobic bacteria and bad smells. And make sure it stays damp, or the bacteria and fungus can't do their work. If you have mosquito problems, sprinkle some Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) granules from a company like Arbico. When the compost temp falls to near ambient (several weeks to a few months) it's ready to use. Beware of manure from animals that have been treated with a dewormer, as that can kill beneficial nematodes and earthworms. If you're composting human waste products, let it age for at least 6 months to a year.
[User Picture]From: supercoochiecoo
2012-11-18 12:14 am (UTC)

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I have a big flower pot that I use!