Making a compost pile

ktd125(z6 WPA)August 6, 2005

Hi all! Newbie here. We recently bought a new house and I'm looking for advice on making a compost pile. I need the basics and I can't seem to find anything on the site. Any one have some interesting advice? I'm looking for the basics...sun/shade?...chicken wire/fence?...that kinda thing. ANY info would be a great help! Thanks in advance! ~kristine

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You could start by checking the Soil, Compost and Mulch Forum here on Gardenweb. There is a FAQ link at the top of the page on that forum that you might find helpful.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2005 at 1:50PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

I just pile up garden and kitchen waste way down in back behind a bush....
I have 2 pile going at all times....the pile I am putting stuff into this year....and the pile I put stuff into last year and and now am putting on my gardens.
Sure you can do fancy stuff....but one of the main reasons for a compost pile is enviornmental....why burn and pollute the atmosphere and why fill the land fill? Just pile it up and put it back into the gardens.
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 6, 2005 at 1:51PM
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username_5(banned for no reason)

sun/shade doesn't matter. You don't need any kind of bin either, but you might want one to keep things neat looking.

Just toss any organic material into a pile and leave be. If you wish to speed the composting process up then keep the pile moist and turn it over every couple weeks. Warmer temps produce compost faster than colder temps.

One can get very technical about making compost if they wish, but the only reason to do so is if one wishes to turn out a finished compost pile as rapidly as is possible. I personally can't be bothered, too much other stuff to do in the garden.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2005 at 8:01PM
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I posted this on Frugal Gardening, to show how easily & cheaply (free) compost can be made.

Have fun!

Here is a link that might be useful: Compost from Thrown-Away Materials

    Bookmark   August 7, 2005 at 1:52PM
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