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Just bought compost barrel - need advise.
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Bill Oakes NY    Posted 09-12-2002 at 03:49:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just bought a Garden Way compost barrel. It is made of black plastic and is in very good condition. Can someone offer me advise on getting this process started? What has worked for you? Thank you.

Tom A    Posted 09-12-2002 at 05:02:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I get best results with a mix of two kinds of stuff: "hot stuff" like green grass clippings, chicken/goat manure or barn sweepings, vegetable cuttings from the kitchen or whatever; and "not hot" stuff like dead/dried leaves, chipped branches, straw, and such. Sprinkle the mix with water as you add it so it is moist but not soggy.

If you keep it mixed up--every few days-- it will get hot to the touch and won't smell at all. If I have a batch with a fair amount of manure in it, seems like it cooks down in a couple of weeks. If I don't aerate, it takes several months but the end result is the same.

DeadCarp    Posted 09-12-2002 at 03:56:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use trash bags if i'm in a hurry. They compost (ferment) in about 2 weeks. Usually load with mostly leaves, lawn clippings and a soaking of water, and add lake weeds, bark, cowpies etc if they're there. Put it upwind of somebody you don't like much. bout halfway thru the process, you don't want to get a whiff. Let us know how well it works. :)

BillW...Composting    Posted 09-18-2002 at 09:28:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
STRONGLY suggest you get the book 'Let It Rot' or The Rodale Book of Composting..
Everything you ever want to know about composting.

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