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Old 10-14-2012, 08:22 PM   #11
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It works for us. We are sort of passive composters, some ppl are more rigid about it. To get one started, I toss everything (grass clippings, food scraps, leaves, food scraps, kitty box contents), water it a lot and then we toss the kitty box contents in as needed. Give it a stir with a rake or pitchfork, whatever you have every few weeks. I also poke holes in the compost with the handle of a shovel to get air flowing thru. After a while, months, you will have rich compost to put in your flowerbeds. I would not put this in your veggie garden, btw.

And we just do this in the back of the yard in a 4 x 4 area, piling everything up. The leaves are beginning to fall here, a great time to start a compost, or just mow the yard and collect the clippings to add to the heap.

Good luck and if you have any questions, pm me! And don't be afraid of the bugs, they are the ones working your compost for you.

Oh, my mom just tosses the kitty box contents directly into her flowerbeds, I prefer to compost first however. She figures the outdoor cats go everywhere anyway....she doesn't sweat it.

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:26 AM   #12
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I would not put this in your veggie garden, btw.
Just wanted to make sure this point was repeated. Also, composting before applying to flower beds helps ensure the nutrient levels are more equalized (C:N ratios), and if the compost pile is warm enough, helps break down pathogens, etc (same concept as applying manure to fields).

FWIW, we use pine litter and love it. Smells yummy too!! [and we toss it in the trash once it's soiled]

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:59 AM   #13
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Re: Cat Litter!!!

We use fresh step and nothing else works for us. Our Costco sells it for $11.49 for a 52lb container, which is a great deal. Then every few months they have a coupon in their little books for 2.50-3.00 off making it a total of $9.00 or $9.50. We stock up when they have the coupons so we very rarely, if ever, have to buy it full price.

Sometimes Costco has the Scoop Away brand instead of the Fresh Step, but we did some research and it's the exact same thing.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:51 AM   #14
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My local pet store sells bulk litter by the pound. I think it is like .12 per pound. That's what we use.
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Does the compostable kind really work? Just nervous about it but hate using all the landfill stuff...
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Works fine for us. It needs to be emptied a little more because it doesn't smell as good in my opinion. You can always try it, not a life long commitment if it doesn't work, lol.
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We used to get really good deals on Fresh Step from Sam's Club. I think it comes in 40 lb bags. One bag lasted forever, even with three cats.
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Just wanted to make sure this point was repeated. Also, composting before applying to flower beds helps ensure the nutrient levels are more equalized (C:N ratios), and if the compost pile is warm enough, helps break down pathogens, etc (same concept as applying manure to fields).

FWIW, we use pine litter and love it. Smells yummy too!! [and we toss it in the trash once it's soiled]

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Yes, just about anything can be tossed in the trash including any cat litter whether it compostable litter or not. I prefer to compost for numerous reasons and it is especially thrifty!

Here is an excellent site about it. I like the idea of just finding a high area in the yard, digging a space for it and just leaving it after it's full for a nearby plant or tree to benefit from. I may try that also, instead of harvesting the compost and spreading on ornamental, not edible, flowerbeds.

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We use chicken feed ("layer crumbles" is what we bought the last time) from the feed store. It's about $15 for 50lbs. It lasts forever (1 bag lasts for a couple of months w/ two cats) & is comparable to the "World's Best" stuff. Actually, I couldn't stand the smell of the World's Best, but the crumbles don't bother me at all. The cats don't have a problem w/ using it. It clumps like other litters & they still cover their poo. We just scoop & the bags of waste go into our garbage pick-up, but it is [non-food] compostable, as well as flushable in the toilet, so you have some options.
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