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jengod

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What did you feed your compost today?
« on: April 15, 2018, 11:20:57 PM »
What did you feed your compost today?

Stealing my favorite thread topic from the GardenWeb forums Compost groups and porting it over here to weirdos such as yourselves.
https://www.houzz.com/discussions/soil-compost-and-mulch

* Eggshells
* Banana peels
* Burned waffles
* A dead African blue basil shrub
* Comfrey
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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 01:33:21 AM »
I'll play. We have a worm compost bin. Today they got parsley stalks, kale stalks and jicama peels.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 02:04:13 AM »
We throw the kitchen greens in a bucket and empty it every few days in a large composting bin outside.

During the winter the bin wasn't composting, because it was too cold. We just added to the pile. But since we have temperatures above 0C, the bin is damping warm every time I open it. I have been stirring it a lot.

I have learned not to put shrimp shells in a composting bin. They will keep smelling intensely for a month or so.

I have fished out many of the biodegradable plastic bags I had thrown in (from the kitchen bin). They don't degrade fast enough, or maybe not at all. DH and I agreed on not throwing them in the bin in the future.

DH has already taken out this year's first portions of earth, produced from our kitchen scraps and some garden garbage. He is using it for his grapes.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 04:53:52 AM »
Throw veggie scraps in there every week. My wife likes to make juices and those tiny bits of veggie scraps are slung into the yard every day. Don't forget your yard and landscape love veggie scraps too. Great way to add organic content to the soil.
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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 06:16:48 AM »
Well hello!

Eggshells (the only animal product we put in the compost)
coffee grounds and paper filter
peels from onions and ginger
a rotten pear
banana peel
lemon peels
carrot peels

Peels, it seems.

We keep a big bag of straw in the shed and sometimes layer a bit with the wet household stuff. Helps everything cook up better.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 09:18:41 AM »
Today?
Coffee and grounds
Banana peel

Last year a tomato plant was growing on the compost. It gave us tomatoes until Sept. It must have come from from tomato and seeds that were prime for sprouting. This year? I'm planting tomato seeds there!

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 10:38:05 AM »
Banana peels, orange peels, onion peels, egg shells w/crate, avocado peels (raccoons love these...the only time they bother our compost pile is when we have avocado peels), pineapple rind, broccoli stems, asparagus ends, coffee grounds.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 12:15:01 PM »
So far:

Banana peels
Mango seed & peel
Egg shells
Cantaloupe rind & seeds
Strawberry tops

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 10:40:00 PM »
* Stomach contents of robot vacuum
* Loose-leaf tea leaves
* Contents of sink strainers (we have a low-key greywater system so try to keep food particles out of the sink drain)
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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2018, 12:32:34 AM »
Tea and coffee grounds, shredded paper, fireplace ash, eggshells and who knows what else.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2018, 06:17:14 AM »
Coffee is one of the only things here that goes straight into the compost. Otherwise everythingís put through the chickens first. When winter decides itís finally done, Iíve got many cubic yards worth of chicken and rabbit manure to put in the compost, will have to build some more bins likely.

By next year I may need to start selling it or donating to some of the local community gardens and other nonprofit farms.
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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2018, 07:16:29 AM »
* Stomach contents of robot vacuum

I never considered doing this. I put it in the bin where I put the leftovers after sorting paper, glass, plastic, metal and green stuff separately. The contents of a vacuum are mostly hair and dust, not green stuff. But I guess it can be used as compost.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2018, 12:28:35 PM »
* Stomach contents of robot vacuum

I never considered doing this. I put it in the bin where I put the leftovers after sorting paper, glass, plastic, metal and green stuff separately. The contents of a vacuum are mostly hair and dust, not green stuff. But I guess it can be used as compost.

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"If it lived, you can compost it." --me

(I do get bits of styrofoam and occasional non-biodegradable bits in the vacuum but I just sift those out on the tail end if they don't decompose.)
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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2018, 09:49:06 PM »
Today worms are getting banana peels and brussels sprouts trimmings.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2018, 12:03:47 AM »
Our compost has done nothing over the winter. Too cold. But I've kept putting in compostable kitchen scraps and torn cardboard and given it one dig over. Now it's starting to show signs of worm and other insect activity.

I hope next year I'll be able to extract some useful material from it.



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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2018, 03:05:36 PM »
Several days worth of material were added:  Fruit & veggie scraps/trimmings (lettuce, broccoli, squash, onion, mushroom, bell pepper, apple cores, cantaloupe rinds*), eggshells, tea, coffee grounds & filters*, & some straw**

* I don't actually drink coffee, but I 'steal' the used grounds from the office.  My office mates accept my weirdness and also offer me other compostables they have left over from lunch (this time, the cantaloupe rinds)

**The straw is from a bale that one of my neighbors was throwing out- it was a beast to move b/c being waterlogged, but I am stoked.

Last year I did a terrible job of composting, and ended up with BSFL in my bin.  I didn't really much care, and don't really much care if they come back this year too.  I found them fascinating, and they worked really well for fishing.  (Free bait!)  The only issue is that they keep the pile from heating up, and so now I have tons of volunteer plants in my garden.  I think most of them are either squash or cantaloupe.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2018, 12:19:43 AM »
Coffee is one of the only things here that goes straight into the compost. Otherwise everythingís put through the chickens first. When winter decides itís finally done, Iíve got many cubic yards worth of chicken and rabbit manure to put in the compost, will have to build some more bins likely.

Nice idea, furry. An alternative idea is to have two chicken coops, and alternate each year. The coop not hosting chickens is planted to vegetables, to benefit from the previous year's manure.

Not happy about the idea of putting vacuum cleaner waste into compost. If the carpet is synthetic you will get tiny fragments of abraded carpet material.

I have been taught that waste food goes into compost except meat scraps, onion, garlic and citrus peel.

I have recently heard the idea of a small, separate compost bin which is fed with meat scraps to encourage maggots, which are then fed to chickens.

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Re: What did you feed your compost today?
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2018, 04:44:37 AM »
Coffee is one of the only things here that goes straight into the compost. Otherwise everythingís put through the chickens first. When winter decides itís finally done, Iíve got many cubic yards worth of chicken and rabbit manure to put in the compost, will have to build some more bins likely.

Nice idea, furry. An alternative idea is to have two chicken coops, and alternate each year. The coop not hosting chickens is planted to vegetables, to benefit from the previous year's manure.

Not happy about the idea of putting vacuum cleaner waste into compost. If the carpet is synthetic you will get tiny fragments of abraded carpet material.

I have been taught that waste food goes into compost except meat scraps, onion, garlic and citrus peel.

I have recently heard the idea of a small, separate compost bin which is fed with meat scraps to encourage maggots, which are then fed to chickens.

Yeah, there are lots of neat ideas for how to integrate chickens and compost and gardens together. The Harvey Ussery poultry book has got some of the best. Iím limited by the rules in my urban location and how much I can bend break them before the inspector is on my doorstep again. (Hi Ken, what now?) <óyes Iím on a first name basis, sigh....

Chickens love meat scraps! I love at store labels that mention ďvegetarian fed hensĒ because chickens are highly omnivorous, they want at least 1/3 of their diet from animal protein. Mine wonít touch raw offal (many chickens will) but anything cooked is their favorite, including chicken. 

Generally itís safe to give them everything compostable, they wonít eat whatís bad for them, and their scratching behavior mixes it all together. If I have a large bin (like from peeling a bunch of potatoes) thatís all non-chicken stuff, though, Iíll toss it right into the compost.
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