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Old 04-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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clean compost?

I was chopping fruits and veggies today and when I do that, I always think about a compost bin. And how we really should start one, and how gross they are, and how we really should start one. And how gross they are. And how to convince dh, if I were to ever be convinced myself. So.... please tell me how to do a compost that isn't attracting flies, and smelling of rotting food.

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Old 04-02-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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I am just getting mine up and going. If you do it right, there shouldn't be any smell and minimal flies. I am planning on doing a method I read in the last issue of Urban Farming. They call it a compost salad. You keep 2 compost bins, a bucket of yard waste and a bucket of soil. You put your kitchen waste in the bin, add a scoop of yard waste on top, then sprinkle with soil. The second bin is for when the first is full. Once you get it started you should have compost twice a year.
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Look into Bokashi, it can be done in your kitchen and has no smell.
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We just started living a new house that comes with a gigantic black compost system in the garden. I've been excited for the opportunity - but I'm as hesitant as you. Thanks for the post!!! Great info!
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We just started living a new house that comes with a gigantic black compost system in the garden. I've been excited for the opportunity - but I'm as hesitant as you. Thanks for the post!!! Great info!
Eeeek!! scary! good luck!
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:22 PM   #6
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Re: clean compost?

We've had a compost bin for over a year... no smell, no flies. I really don't think there's any magic to it. It needs to breath, and stay damp. Don't put fats or oils or animal by products in there.
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I would love to do this, but I live near some woods. So my question is, would this be a place that snakes would want to come and "visit"?
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I would love to do this, but I live near some woods. So my question is, would this be a place that snakes would want to come and "visit"?
We do know folks who have had trouble with critters. I'd recommend talking to other locals who compost to see how they handle it, might be a challenge to find them! (There's also super expensive enclosed composters that will turn for you ) We don't have to worry about poisonous crawlies in WI.
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I have been composting for a few years now and have had no rodent or fly problems. I make sure to only put my fruit and vegetable waste on the heap, then occasionally i will cover everything with dry leaves or even grass clippings. Turning it will speed up the process, but I left mine alone for a year and I was very happy with the results. This year I am going to fence it in with a wire fence because my dog likes to dig in it and does not come out smelling very fresh. There is however not noticeable smell in the yard from the pile. Hope this helps!
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Look into Bokashi, it can be done in your kitchen and has no smell.
Our bokashi had the worst rotten smell. did we do it wrong?
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