/r/composting

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A place to talk about decomposing materials into compost.

Compost - organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.

Do you have a garden and want an easy way to make fertilizer?

Wondering what to do with all those table scraps, leaves, and grass clippings?

Make compost! It is easy to start and easy to maintain.

Share your tips, stories, ideas, pictures, or questions!

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does putting compost bins on cinder blocks help to keep ants out?

2 Comments
2024/06/12
23:11 UTC

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Nut shells. Browns or greens?

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2024/06/12
23:11 UTC

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Anyone have experience w/Craftsman 15-amp chipper/shredder sold at Lowes?

There aren't any reviews and all the other brands I can find have mixed reviews.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-Craftsman-1-5-Electric-Chipper-Shredder/5014702049

  • Sun Joe has a lot of reviews about parts breaking down and impossible to find
  • Earthwise has a lot of reviews about it just not working well
  • Same for Harbor Freight Portland brand

Or what has your experience been with the brand you use?

I just don't know what to get and they're all quite pricey so want to make sure we're getting a good one that will last. Thanks!

4 Comments
2024/06/12
21:35 UTC

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Bush Scraps?

I’ve been cutting down some old bushes in front of my house. Now I have a massive pile. I do not have a wood chipper. What would be the best way to go about composting these? Some of the branches are rather large, at least 3 to 4 feet long. Is it even worth composting these? Or should I just put them in a burn pile?

1 Comment
2024/06/12
21:09 UTC

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I’m not stoned 😎. Well maybe a little bit but……

Here’s the dude getting pee’d on lol. Click the original to see what I’m seeing.

https://www.reddit.com/r/composting/s/9Md0XVtcnk

2 Comments
2024/06/12
20:48 UTC

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Composting question

I have been doing a bit lazy way of composting where in a corner of my yard I just dug a hole and then slowly fill it with vegetables scraps, my dogs poops, grass clippings, rose stalks and when I remember of have a chance news papers. It gets filled with worms, probably spiring tails that i cant see, and many many earwigs and spiders that find a good home and good food around the pile.

I wanted to know what sort of insects and other animals are attached to your compost piles?

2 Comments
2024/06/12
20:42 UTC

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Green or brown?

Dead cicadas/exoskeleton sheds

It's nearing the end of the great cicadas outbreak of 2024. I have a yard full of these things and I don't love when my dog eats them. Will this count as green or brown material? The dead ones are quite dry, if that matters.

2 Comments
2024/06/12
20:15 UTC

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What a. I doing wrong

What am I doing wrong 85 in the shade 75 in the compost

27 Comments
2024/06/12
19:32 UTC

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My dog’s annual “help” spreading the compost

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2024/06/12
19:26 UTC

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Looking to speed run my first compost pile- advice wanted

My garden was hugely neglected and as a result my hard clay garden is better suited for making pottery than growing plants. Due to my lack of a kiln, I have decided to make a compost heap that will fertilise my garden.

I’ve excavated a hole that’s at least 7 inches deep and filled it full of wood chips (and leaves) that someone was giving away for free. There’s at least 6 big bags of that in there. I’ve given it a little water and plan on sourcing some green materials- namely horse manure and maybe get my neighbours to share their grass clippings.

Anything I can do to really get this heap cooking? I read that in perfect conditions you can get compost in 2 weeks and I’m arrogant enough to try.

30 Comments
2024/06/12
17:19 UTC

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Just starting out

Hey guys, I'm building a compost bin out of some old pallets today when I'm done with work. This will be primarily for kitchen scraps, but we do have some (6) chickens that will have their bedding/ litter added to the bin.

We live in Wisconsin, do I need to do anything special with the winters here? I don't know enough to know what to ask.

4 Comments
2024/06/12
15:15 UTC

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Added some rose canes and corn a few years ago, and it’s never composed…should I try to get it going again, or give up and focus on the other side with easy-to-compost things?

32 Comments
2024/06/12
14:51 UTC

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Garden veggie straws

Hey I have a stale bag of the Garden Veggie straws, the kind on the picture. Can I compost these or are the oils gonna make this a bad idea? Or perhaps the salt is what would ruin this? Any idea what I can do with these now ignored veggie straws? The person who wanted them has continued to ignore them and refuses to eat them since they're stale. I tried and they're unpalatable stale.

4 Comments
2024/06/12
13:19 UTC

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Old food scraps ok?

Like the title says, is there any reason I shouldn’t let my food scraps pile up (in buckets/a trash bin) for several weeks before adding them to a pile? My friends and I make a new pile every couple of weeks, but the food scraps typically sit out for a while before we get to them.

13 Comments
2024/06/12
11:39 UTC

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Has anyone seen this masterpiece?

2 Comments
2024/06/12
04:02 UTC

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Volunteer tomato - keep or nix

I had a volunteer tomato pop up in my “finishing” side of the bin. The left side is finer older material that’s nearly compost, the right side is mostly this spring’s cleanup material’s first summer.

Anyway, I had a tomato pop up and I figured I’d just watch it for fun. I went on a 2 week trip and came back and it’s a monster. Should I just let it roll? I have lots of tomato plants, but this one is now the king of them all. I don’t want to give the nutrients of the bin away, but I’m torn because the plant is thriving so well. Thoughts?

31 Comments
2024/06/11
23:39 UTC

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Is this BSFL? He is wet because I accidentally pissed on him.

30 Comments
2024/06/11
23:30 UTC

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For those familiar with the movie threads what if the following desperate post apocalyptic fertilizer/compost was used?

20 Comments
2024/06/11
22:02 UTC

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Open compost pile attracting too many flies

How can I cut back the fly population? My gf is complaining 😅

5 Comments
2024/06/11
21:13 UTC

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Are all browns equal?

Eg if I use pure cardboard vs pure dry leaves as browns, besides the difference in N:C ratio, would their be a difference in their contribution to the quality and speed of the compost?

22 Comments
2024/06/11
21:00 UTC

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Desert Composting

Here's my setup after a couple of years. Wall runs east/west. Thank you for all of your wisdom. I will not use pallets for my next bin. Just straight wood lumber. I can start to tell the heat/moisture combination will eat this setup alive.

I release all of my adult red wigglers from my breeding bin into the far right side which has already been screened by 1/2 inch screen cloth.

Then I introduce into the garden as wish.....

9 Comments
2024/06/11
19:18 UTC

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4 weeks in layering with grass every week to keep it hot

Hoping to have something usable in the next 2 to 3 weeks, I've been applying photosynthetic bacteria as well, The Homebrew kind

8 Comments
2024/06/11
17:14 UTC

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Bought compost smells like cow manure

We have a new built house and haven't got our own compost going yet, so I bought some compost from the store. I've just emptied a bag (organic multi-purpose compost) onto one of my flower beds (just trying to top it off as its a bit low). The bed is mostly empty at the moment as its new garden and hasn't been planted yet. I spread it about 1-2inches thick. But now its down I've noticed it smells disgusting - like cow manure. This is nothing like any compost I've ever smelled before. Should I remove it from the garden or will it be ok to leave it as I want to put some plants in this bed soon, probably herbs so they will be eaten? It's also close to the terrace so if I leave it, will the smell subside eventually or is it going to pollute my air for the whole summer?

3 Comments
2024/06/11
15:50 UTC

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Hotbin after 2 days

Going well so far, straight up to temp in 48 hours..

6 Comments
2024/06/11
15:37 UTC

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