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Post  gategitter on 3/3/2014, 2:10 pm

Ok as a very new organic gardener I am going to do the whole compost idea.. Now, I have oodles of questions and I know that the answers are probably in the many many posts that are here, and i plan to read them ALL !! But.........  I wanna know some base rules if you may.... Where do I put it... Does it smell while its "cooking"?, How often do i turn it?, do I water it?, And last but not least....... Generally, how long does it take to "make" compost.. I know it will probably take a long time and am prepared to buy this year but would like to start now for next year.  Thanks in advance and when you stop laughing at me, please help me !!! lol 
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Post  kauairosina on 3/3/2014, 2:23 pm

You have posted some very good questions and although I know a little about composting I'm very interested in the responses. I wonder if we have a topic area just about composting.  My question is how do we chop up those strings of wandering jew that we throw in a pile.  Yards and yards of it.
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Post  camprn on 3/3/2014, 2:27 pm

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1738-compost-101?highlight=composting+101


http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9365-are-you-a-hottie

At the above links you will find the answers to your questions.

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If you go to the main page of the forum and scroll down you will find the compost discussion sub forum.

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Post  gategitter on 3/3/2014, 2:33 pm

See I knew someone would come to my rescue.. And ya I do plan to read EVERY post there is in the forum.. Thanks so much !!
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thank you for the compost link

Post  kauairosina on 3/3/2014, 3:09 pm

I still have not learned to work my way around everything in this forum. It is so rich and great folks who want to help.
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Post  gategitter on 3/3/2014, 3:48 pm

So I am told NOT to add pet feces to the compost.  Ok i get that but....... Is it ok to put the hay from the chicken coop? it obviously has poop in it. Try as I might I cant house break them. lol
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Post  boffer on 3/3/2014, 4:12 pm

The typical advice is to play it safe by not adding  feces from meat-eating animals as they might contain some pathogens that won't break down if the compost pile is not allowed to heat up properly.

Most all farm animal manure can be used, although some recommend not using pig to be on the safe side.
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Post  gategitter on 3/3/2014, 4:16 pm

Well I kinda thought that was the case. Thanks for the advice !!!
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Post  H_TX_2 on 3/3/2014, 4:19 pm

There might be a better distinction but this is how I see it. Feces and manure are different although they are both waste material. Feces comes from meat eating animals and should not be used in composting. Manure comes from plant eating animals. Feces can contain bad things that you don't want to contaminate your food or garden. Manure on the other hand is harmless for the most part. I grew up on a farm and we would throw it at each other after if had dried. From throwing to falling off my dirt bike it has gotten in my mouth on occasion and no harmful side effects. I think it has to do with the insides of the animal that produces the waste and those animals who eat meat have things inside them that make their feces harmful.

Chicken manure is okay to use in your compost.
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Post  camprn on 3/3/2014, 4:36 pm

@gategitter wrote:So I am told NOT to add pet feces to the compost.  Ok i get that but....... Is it ok to put the hay from the chicken coop? it obviously has poop in it. Try as I might I cant house break them. lol
if it's straw that is better then hay which typically has seeds in it. Chicken manure and any bedding is an ideal addition to the compost heap.

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Post  sanderson on 3/4/2014, 3:09 am

Cats, dogs and other carnivores eat meat and they don't always cook it before eating! There are numerous intestinal parasites that can be passed to us.

Barnyard poultry eat plant type stuff and insects. Barnyard mammals generally eat plant stuff. When composted, the intestinal bacteria in their fecal material should be killed. Especially with the hot composting methods.
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Post  webbee on 3/4/2014, 6:59 pm

This forum has a lot of composting info especially the links that camprn posted. I also like the Rodale's Book Of Composting as a quick desk reference.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rodale-Book-Composting-Gardener/dp/0878579915/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393977103&sr=8-1&keywords=rodale+book+composting
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Post  camprn on 3/4/2014, 7:09 pm

@webbee wrote:This forum has a lot of composting info especially the links that camprn posted. I also like the Rodale's Book Of Composting as a quick desk reference.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rodale-Book-Composting-Gardener/dp/0878579915/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393977103&sr=8-1&keywords=rodale+book+composting
a wonderful book!!! If you look at my signature there is a link to other gardening books. Your recommended book is on the list!

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