Composting in this hot dry climate??

robertgeewizJuly 14, 2007

Hi:

My wife and have gone even "Greener" than b 4 and r trying composting in a 'tumbler'. Anybody care to share some hard learned advice on doing it right here in the desert?

Anthing would be appreciated, I'm concerned about the 25:1 rule and whether to add water.

Thanks in advance. Happy Gardening and remeber the three R's

R educe

R euse

and

R ecycle

Robert G

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mohavemaria

Hello Robert,

Good for you for trying to be green. We to try to recycle, reuse and substitute greener items for landfill clogging stuff. We cook quite often in our sun oven and don't have many incandescant bulbs left in our house and have drought tolerant landscaping front and back.

We've tried composting with a hole in the ground but could never keep it wet enough in our very dry climate, Then we tried a composting bin but it was very hard to turn. A tumbler seemed a good way to go but we have a horse and chickens and they are great composters eating most table scraps and garden debris and "processing" it.

I haven't heard of the 25:1 rule but about whether to add water I'm sure after you have filled the tumbler and turned it a few times if you reach in and grab some compost and squeeze it you could determine if it feels too soggy, or too dry or moist which is what you would want.

The rule I had heard of is to combine both greener waste and dry waste in roughly equal parts but it always seemed to me that whatever you put in if you give it the moisture and oxygen it requires the microorganisms should do the rest.

Maria

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 7:43AM
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