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Post  kittykat on 4/11/2012, 5:18 pm

It was great our last downstairs tenants wanted to use the compost tumbler I wasn't using... However, I should have given out instructions...

*peach pits don't compost
*avocado pits don't compost
*chicken bones don't compost (ugh!)
*stacked up bunches of egg shells don't compost

The down side - the tenants moved on and I've been sifting compost for 3 days now...

The up side - I've probably sifted out about a 5-gallon bucket of compost/fine egg shells to add to a very neglected flower bed... AND - I get my composter back!


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Post  Chopper on 4/11/2012, 5:21 pm


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Post  camprn on 4/11/2012, 5:32 pm

@Chopper wrote:
+1.... all that left over stuff will break down, eventually! Very Happy It was a good thing they used it and left you a mini gold mine eh?

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/11/2012, 5:59 pm

Sounds like the positives outweigh the negatives to me. Very Happy
Healthier flowers! flower

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Post  plantoid on 4/11/2012, 6:05 pm

KK

There is great sense in the very very old saying of " Neither a borrower or a lender be " ,

It took me years learn to stop lending out my gear , offer to rent out it without any liabilities on your part instead .

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Post  kittykat on 4/11/2012, 6:35 pm

hehe... yeah - lesson learned, for sure... I'm happy for the compost even though it's taking some work to sift it out of the uncomposted debris... I'm sorting out the stuff that just won't compost, as well as the bits of plastic, etc., and throwing the rest back into the tumbler for my next batch...

All's well that ends well...


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Post  HereIGrowAgain on 4/11/2012, 8:09 pm

Wish my landlord had a compost tumbler. I'm having trouble turning him on to the idea of composting at all. He thinks it will be unsightly and smell bad.

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Post  JeanneRamick on 4/11/2012, 9:54 pm

Oh dear, kittykat. It does seem to have turned out well for you, though.

The condo association forbids composting of any kind ... even the fully enclosed tumbler-types.

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Post  GWN on 4/11/2012, 11:06 pm

The condo association forbids composting of any kind ... even the fully enclosed tumbler-types.
That is just nuts

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Post  kittykat on 4/11/2012, 11:11 pm

@JeanneRamick wrote:The condo association forbids composting of any kind ... even the fully enclosed tumbler-types.

Awww... So sad!!


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Post  Daniel9999 on 4/12/2012, 12:15 am

This is why I am kinda on the fence about starting a community compost bin here.

I am afraid that it turn more into trash bin than a compost pile.

Anyone here have experience with communal compost piles for community gardens and the like?

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/12/2012, 12:49 am

@Daniel9999 wrote:This is why I am kinda on the fence about starting a community compost bin here.

I am afraid that it turn more into trash bin than a compost pile.

Anyone here have experience with communal compost piles for community gardens and the like?

Unfortunately, if you want to have a community compost pile, you or someone you trust, will have to monitor everything that gets dropped off for composting. Better yet, you could go to each person's home to collect compost materials. That way you will see exactly what's being turned in for composting and toss out undesirable things.

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Post  CindiLou on 4/12/2012, 12:11 pm

@JeanneRamick wrote:
The condo association forbids composting of any kind ... even the fully enclosed tumbler-types.

sounds like you need an indoor compost bin, Jeanne. One I found that looks interesting...they are small but anything is better than nothing!

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Post  AvaDGardner on 4/12/2012, 12:22 pm

@Too Tall Tomatoes wrote:
@Daniel9999 wrote:This is why I am kinda on the fence about starting a community compost bin here.

I am afraid that it turn more into trash bin than a compost pile.

Anyone here have experience with communal compost piles for community gardens and the like?

Unfortunately, if you want to have a community compost pile, you or someone you trust, will have to monitor everything that gets dropped off for composting. Better yet, you could go to each person's home to collect compost materials. That way you will see exactly what's being turned in for composting and toss out undesirable things.

+1

We have a 3 bin compost bin at the community garden. Members did not break down things correctly (pulling up whole 2' plants and throwing them in), they also threw all kinds of things in that they shouldn't. With a 3 bin system, you work one while the other two are in different stages of the process. With 3 or 4 different languages among members, getting that info out never worked.

One member did the labor, turning the pile regularly.

Then another member came and took it all the goodies, instead of just part.

No more composting!

The trash system at the garden includes mandatory recycling. Brown cans for city compost pile, black for non-compost. Members routinely thrown the wrong thing into those cans, which they presumably have at their homes as well.

Go figure.

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