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05-01-2009, 06:55 PM #1
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- Apr 2009
- Minden, NV
I'm starting a garden for the first time this year and want to compost, too. What exactly can you add to your compost? Is there anything you can't add? I've tried looking it up and it only gives me vague things.
Thank you all so much for your help in advance
Mom to Angela (5), Dwight (3 1/2) and Keith (6 weeks)
05-01-2009, 10:21 PM #2
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- Aug 2008
- N. Ohio
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I would check with your local Cooperative Extension System Office. Here is a site that might help you with a detailed answer or maybe classes in your area.
It has the State map that you can click on for detailed information.
Cooperative Extension System Offices
Good luck in your search, I only do composting on a small scale..JoAnn
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05-02-2009, 12:32 PM #3
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- Mar 2009
What to Compost
Animal manure (Not dog or cat)
Branches and twigs (1/4 inch or more in diameter should be a shredded)
Cardboard rolls and flat cardboard (shredded)
Coffee grounds and filters
Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
Fireplace ashes and other wood ashes
Fruits and vegetables
Hair and fur
Hay and straw
Newspaper (not glossy inserts) can be shredded or not
Stems and twigs
Tea bags (staples removed)
Wood chips and bark
Black walnut tree leaves or twigs--said to release substances that might be harmful to plants
Diseased plants and chemically sprayed plants.
Most recommend not to use meat, bones, fish, fats, or dairy in your compost pile as it could stink and might attract rodents. I have never had a problem with using them, but I am far away from my nearest neighbor so he isn't going to complain about the smell and we have plenty of rodents around anyway.
Put the pile as close to where it is going to be used as possible. Piles need to be turned every couple of weeks to get air in. If you live close to someone else you might want to put a wood fence around your pile, some might not like the way it looks.
I am sure there is more, but that is all I can think of right now. Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia
05-11-2009, 08:28 PM #4
I just attended a confrence on this at my library. I have a packet on how to. Ill check and see if maybe the info can be found on the web site.