Jump to content

Composting


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

We have a self contained compost bin - no contact with the ground.

I'm putting my veggie scraps in it as we go, but it needs more ’brown' content - like dried grass clippings.

We don't have a a garden or lawn yet.  What else can I add to make a good compost mix?

#2 amabanana

Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:46 AM

Shredded paper is good.

#3 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:52 AM

egg cartons, scrunched up paper, straw/hay, manure.

#4 CountryFeral

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

Don't put the egg shells in there - the little buggers turn up all over my veggie garden!

Coffee grounds, leaves...

Don't stress it's compost not a souffle!

#5 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:02 PM

I put mine in too but crush them first.

#6 75etd

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:24 AM

Egg shells are great, they do transfer into the garden when you use the compost but they are great for making things ubcomfortable for snails and slugs, and I find they leave my strawberries alone

#7 Mamabear2010

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:37 AM

We added some horse manure. We were able to pick some up for $2/bag from a house nearby.

Also, we bought some worms on the Internet and added them (we didn't have any/many in our garden). Otherwise, we just add the usual kitchen and garden scraps.

#8 laridae

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:48 AM

If you do add worms - you need to put in composting worms - not your average garden worm.  And dont do it if its somewhere thats going to get really hot (eg a black plasgtic container in the sun) - you will get cooked worms.

#9 Riotproof

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:36 AM

Apparently, if you roast the eggshells for about 10 minutes, the break down quicker in the compost.

Also, you can add things like human hair and dryer lint. Plus, vacuum dust. Cut flowers that have died.
I think the general rule is if comes from the earth, you can add it.
http://www.compostinstructions.com/what-yo...cannot-compost/
If you want to add meat scraps and dairy, look into bokashi.

#10 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

I can't add worms - it's a tumbler com poster, so no contact with the ground.  And it would get very hot, it's a black container.

#11 RainRain

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:59 AM

Egg shells add calcium to the compost which is great for the soil chemistry. Agree with others, just give them a crush first.

I also add used cat litter...the paper biodegradable kind, poo free of course original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 
  • quotes-320

    Wise words from kids movies

    The movies we watched as kids had a lot more to offer than just entertainment. Here's ten wise quotes from kids movies.

  • ek-toysales-thumb

    Best buys of the 2014 toy sales

    We have rounded up some of the best from this year's half yearly toy sales from the big stores around Australia.

  • yoda

    31 iconic family films from the 1980s

    If you grew up in the 1980s there will be a number of films that are close to your heart. Here are 31 of the most iconic for you to watch with your own kids.

  • cruella

    10 live-action remakes of famous animations

    After the success of "Maleficent" at the box office Disney is opening their vault to re-work the classics into live-action movies, and a number of other film studios are following suit. Here are ten live-action remakes to look forward to.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.