Comments On - Composting Basics

Would adding lime help a great deal?
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 4/28/2014 7:37:41 PM
Such a waste to be tossing out or burning those leaves in the fall! Great compost & mulching material.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 3/9/2014 3:23:33 PM
I have a five pound tub of parboiled dehydrated pinto beans - can i put these in the compost bin?(not all at once of course)
kathy, staten island, NY
Posted: 2/27/2014 7:05:43 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 2/23/2014 3:06:16 PM
The 'download' link doesn't work:

Aim for a 30:1 carbon-to-nitrogen ratio (C:N)... (Download a compost materials cheat sheet to help build your compost pile.)
Jean, Framingham, MA
Posted: 2/13/2014 5:33:58 AM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 12/30/2013 2:40:22 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 11/26/2013 3:14:04 PM
Good to know
a', Houston, TX
Posted: 11/4/2013 6:37:26 AM
Best way to build up top soil!!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 8/31/2013 7:37:13 AM
Lorna, International
Posted: 7/7/2013 7:40:33 PM
Lorna, International
Posted: 5/25/2013 6:32:13 PM
I love composting. And so do my plants! And my dogs at times too. :(
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/8/2013 2:16:54 PM
Urban composting issues need to include rodent proofing.
Jean, Dartmouth, NS
Posted: 11/10/2012 5:33:41 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 8/19/2012 8:54:58 AM
My compost usually just sits around and rots. Sometimes fly larva help out.
Harrison, Dayton, TN
Posted: 7/16/2012 3:15:15 PM
I built my first composting tumbler this year.
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 7/22/2011 5:07:37 AM
I was going to download the cheat sheet for materials to use in a compost pile but it leads me to an index. Guess I will need to google it!
Lori, Livermore, CA
Posted: 5/13/2011 5:02:45 PM
Hi Mae,

Depending on the materials you plan to use to make your compost bin, you might find our instructions on how to make a compost bin out of wood pallets helpful:

Urban Farm Online editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 3/28/2011 5:27:16 AM
I was thinking of just making a cheap bin and not buying one. I wonder if this is possible? I have everything for it, but I just need to know how to make it.
Mae, San Diego, CA
Posted: 3/26/2011 10:42:54 AM
We made our own compost tumbler with a 55-gallon food-grade bin purchased for $10 from a local bottling company. We washed it out with vinegar and baking soda before using it. We drilled holes all around, cut an opening, then used all recycled wood boards for the stand. We got the idea on a website for the Boy Scouts.

We did have to buy a latch and handle for the opening we cut but they were cheap at the hardware store. You can always reuse any hand latch and metal closure you may have attached already to something you are not using. We used a recycled metal bar for the center. If I could post a pic here I would! Google them, then save ALOT of $$$ making your own.

Here in south Texas, it doesn't take long to make. We are a family of 2 and have a large yard in back so we have plenty of browns for our greens :)
Nancy, San Antonio, TX
Posted: 3/1/2011 5:53:58 AM
There is some type of pride in being able to make compost use it and enjoy the benefits
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 11/19/2010 10:01:06 PM
I invested in a compost tumbler last year, and I love it! It heats up well and is ready to use within a few months. I started added rabbit poop this spring when the school's rabbits spent the summer with us. The compost looks rich and I can't wait to add it to my raised beds.... :)
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 8/30/2010 11:14:06 AM
I'm not an active composter. I just pile it up and leave it set for a year or two. Seems to work great. If it's not quite ready, I just bury it in the garden bed.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 8/30/2010 5:38:13 AM
Looks like some healthy compost.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/25/2010 11:12:29 PM
I've composted for years. Any serious gardener should.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/23/2010 11:31:00 PM
I liked your article on compost, I have been composting for a few years now and It makes a big differnce in the soil I have here. It is almost all clay and is not very rewarding by itself, But with the addition of compost, It is working fairly well. I have found that by using containers I have much better results. I would highly recomend everybody try it for awhile to see the advantige it offers over fertilizer, Plus you always know what is in you compost, Can you say that about store bought firtilizers?
Nils, Piedmont, MO
Posted: 6/14/2010 12:10:20 PM
Your article fairly well re-inforces my knowledge of the subject. I need a design that will use wooden pallets. I would like to have a larger bin than I currently have
louis, fairhope, AL
Posted: 6/8/2010 3:47:19 PM
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