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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 04:51 PM
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Wanted to start this as a thread instead of buggerin' up the craft thread.

I need to call the local micro brews around town... sounds like a great idea beer_mug.gif


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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 05:13 PM
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Makes the neighbors wonder what you've been up to also !

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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 06:18 PM
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I use horse poop for fertilizer. Good stuff to make plants grow really good.

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Posted: 08-Mar-2004, 06:49 PM
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Your lucky to have it Maggie..
I don't think much is better ..

Do you bed on Straw?
I find shavings are a wee bit hot..
I let that stuff mellow for a year or so..

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Posted: 09-Mar-2004, 10:47 AM
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Here are a few 'do's and don'ts' for a compost pile



DO USE
leaves
grass clippings
plant debris
vegetable peelings
eggshells
coffee grounds
used tea leaves
newspapers
soil/manure





DON'T USE
disease or pest-infested plants
poisonous plants
weeds that have gone to seed
meat products
oils and oily products
fats and fatty products



Is there anything you do to get your compost pile really 'going'???

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The Louisville Zoo sells elephant dung for fertilizer. They call it "Zoo Poo Pa Doo" or something like that.


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I raise chickens and rabbits along with the plethera of household pets my kids have, needless to say all the droppings and cage materials go into the compost pile along with kitchen waste, yard trimmings, leaves in the fall, and anything else that will rot! I do not use dog or cat droppings, not a wise thing to do. If you turn your compst pile every 3 days or so there will be no oder develop and you will have nice compost in about 14 days. I keep 3 piles going at all times in different stages. I have used horse manure and sawdust bedding from same... be careful my pile spontaniously combusted ( caught fire ) ... horse manure and sawdust get real hot!


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We have three compost bins at the very far end of the garden, behind our greenhouse.

One is always at the 'ready' stage - but we still don't generate enough compost! I keep a small plastic compost bin near the back door from the kitchen to the garden (hidden by a piece of trellis with honesuckle growing on it!) - this lets me put peelings, egg shells, used tea-leaves into the compost straight away... otherwise, I have to confess, the walk up the length of our often muddy garden during the winter months would mean I just put the stuff in the dustbins, rather than 'recycle' them!

I buy something that is advertised as 'spent' mushroom compost by garden centres, ie the medium that mushrooms are grown in by commercial growers. It's very good.

I try never to buy any potting mediums that contain peat. The peat areas of Scotland and Ireland have become sadly depleted by those making a quick quid in the past!
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http://www.littlesprouts2.org/compost.html

http://www.stopwaste.org/howto.html

Here are two sites with an organic bend ..
Ratios are important, and yes Horse manure will get so hot it will combust !
These sites have a recipe for fast break down ...

http://www.stopwaste.org/howto.html

And if you CAN'T wait wink.gif
You can use a starter, its organic
It's a Ph game really ...

http://www.composters.com/main.shtml?k=com...&OVMTC=standard

Be sure to see this site !
The Compost BENCH is a treat ! Honestly , you have to see it ..
There is also an orb very much like the one I am using in it..
Handy for us city dwellers...

Worms are a great choice for breaking down compost ..
you can even buy them !
Or we should all go to Maggies with buckets after the next rain,
I read she gets alot !

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Posted: 11-Mar-2004, 08:41 AM
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Novice! Novice! Novice!

Why shouldn't I use dog poop? We have so much of it laying about.

We used to compost, in a fashion, basically the grass clippings and dog presents. But we went to a mulching mower, so no more grass clippings. I have to put the doggie byproducts somewhere and I don't have much space. What's the best thing to do with it? And don't leaves lower the pH too much? Do you use lime in your compost?



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QUOTE (Elspeth @ Mar 11 2004, 08:41 AM)
Novice! Novice! Novice!

Why shouldn't I use dog poop? We have so much of it laying about.

We used to compost, in a fashion, basically the grass clippings and dog presents. But we went to a mulching mower, so no more grass clippings. I have to put the doggie byproducts somewhere and I don't have much space. What's the best thing to do with it? And don't leaves lower the pH too much? Do you use lime in your compost?

Not a novice at deary!!! Been composting since before you were born!

Dog droppings are not good because of the heavy metels found in them, some are harmfull to plants.
No I do not add lime to my compost pi;le it slows down the process. I live on high lime soils so I dont need it.
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Oh Shadows! You misunderstood me. I am the novice! I don't have a clue what I'm doing. That's why I'm asking the experts.
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Elspeth..
I have a Doggie disposial thing in my back yard..
Its really not more than a deep hole with a metal lid,
you open by steping on a lever..
There are enzimes ,you have to toss in to keep it " going"
so to speak unsure.gif

Before I got that , I buried my dogs waste .. behind my neighbors shed ..
since he had a drip edge.. the spot was lose and easy to dig...
I feed Iams, it breaks down FAST, because the dog absorbs so much of
whats in it .. we should all eat so well !
So her waste is pretty "eco friendly"
That helps alot !..
If you can bury it , lime the area, it keeps the smell down , and sweetens the soil.
Also keep it as small as you can..
This disposal system is deep, around five feet, but not any bigger around than a garbage can..

I have to say , the butterful bush by where the original site was ,
which is now where the system is .. is the BIGGEST one in the yard..
Infact, I don't think there is one in the neighborhood to rival it wink.gif

This is how I deal with my "Number Two " problem ..

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QUOTE (Elspeth @ Mar 11 2004, 08:57 AM)
Oh Shadows! You misunderstood me. I am the novice! I don't have a clue what I'm doing. That's why I'm asking the experts.

Sorry about that El !!

Stay away from cat and dog doo, at least for plants you intend to eat part of, parasites can also be a concern. Ornimentals I would not worry about. I only use my GOOD compost on food plants, flowers can fend for themselves LOL!!!!
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Arianrhod, I've got a question for you. I was looking at those Doggie Dooley things at petsmart. However, it says that it's not very effective at breaking it down in below freezing temperatures. Is there a better system that works all year round? I'm not sure where you're from...does it get below freezing? unsure.gif


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