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Old 06-06-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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Come late July I will be moving to a house. The partner and I have been planning on getting a compost going, but this will be a first for both of us. I have a feeling it will primarily fall on me, since I am the cook, brewer etc... This is more my interest than hers, but she wants to do it as well. We will be using the soil for a produce garden as well.

Does anyone have any resources that helped them start out on the cheap? I am hoping to avoid investing much money in this - I was thinking of using a large rubbermaid trashcan if possible, for example.
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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We just have a fenced circular area (not inside an enclosed container). But we don't have a problem with rodents or other critters getting into it. If we had skunks or raccoons, then I'd have to rethink it, I'm sure. We don't have an odor or anything, but we have a huge yard it it's quite a way from the house.
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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I bought a large plastic trash can and poked holes in it for air circulation and it works well or if you are really a DIYer Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association > Publications > Articles for Reprinting > Building a Homemade Worm Composting System

 
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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I was searching at work the other day for compost tumblers... Most are well above $200.00 retail. Then, I stumbled on this DIY project for Boy Scouts:

Make a compost tumbler -- Boys’ Life magazine

I figured, $hit if a 13 year old Boy Scout can do this, I'm sure I can too! I'll be looking for these blue cans on Craigslist and hopefully will have this built next weekend. Composting is great, but I hate the little mount I have in the backyard right now...
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:23 PM   #5
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There is an incredible book called, "The New Self-Sufficient gardener" by John Seymour. I used to run a vocational rehabilition greenhouse for people with mental illness, but I learned more from this book than from even that experience.

There is a whole chapter on composting and some of the different systems. This is my first year in my house so I am starting just a heap pile, but I would highly recommend this book. There are 2 versions and the one from the 70's is in just about every library.

Good luck!!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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for my yard waste from the dog pens i use an old trashcan with holes in the bottom and an open top. just make sure you get a good mix of dry and green materials. if its to green it'll just rot and stink too dry and it does nothing but sit there. also you need to rotate or mix the pile over every wk or so to aerate the pile. also dog waste compost is not recoomended for food bed, but it works fine in the flowers. i keep the dog and yard/houshold composts separate for this reason. my yard/house is done similar to yoops.
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:35 PM   #7
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Thanks for the recommendations. I am going to be in an urban area so an open compost probably won't be the best idea. I was thinking something along the lines of this. Seems like an easy, simple, starting solution that could be kept right in the backyard without any issues.

How does something like that look?
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It looks ok, but I'd consider a different shape. If you want to turn it (and you do!), it's hard to use a pitchfork or shovel to turn that pile in a round container, especially when it gets 1/2 full. . If you use a rectangular rubbermaid, it'll be easier to turn. I've seen some trash can ones set up on a metal dowel through them so they can be turned, but I don't know how they did it!
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:15 AM   #9
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I'll take a pic if the rain ever stops, but what I did was a yearly pile method. This year, that changed, and way better. I made a U shape out of extra pavers, and use that this year. turned it over a lot, and it looks great. what I used to do is for a whole season, everything goes in one pile. One year, behind the shed, one year, next to the woodpile. Another year, a pile in a garden bed I was letting rest. you get the idea. Not very efficient, but good compost. and no turning.
I believe it is worth the effort to turn the pile once a week. way faster production of Black Gold.

 
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:15 AM   #10
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check mother earth news

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organ...post-Pile.aspx
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