Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:14 AM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:18 PM
put the coffee filters in with the grounds though. Worms are important. I have one bin that just has leaves and grass and the worms can't
get to it naturally and it's not really breaking down.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:35 PM
also, don't add human or pet waste. although it can be done safely by someone very experienced with composting, there are certain conditions that have to exist to make it safe, and that's not for a beginner.
and don't throw in pesky weeds from your yard. even if you chop 'em up they have a way of regenerating when fed all that compost goodness.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:08 PM
Don't put anything harmful in there that will spread. Most piles don't get hot enough to kill off the bad spores and it will only spread further once you use the compost (things such as knotweed etc). Thug touched on it with the tomatoes.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:13 PM
Every so often, i notice a critter pulled a banana peel or a Cantaloupe rind out of the pile, but it just doesn't matter.
Every couple of years, i dig it all out, run it thru a couple of sieves, and shake out the black gold, which goes into the gardens. It doesn't seem as if my process causes any more than the usual growth of weeds.
Between composting, and recycling everything we now recycle, and my near vegetarian diet, I'm really not generating much garbage. I virtually generate zero stinky (meat rot) garbage.. I think I send a kitchen sized bag to the street once every three weeks, and it's mostly plastic wrappers or plastic bags of one sort or another.