Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by Turan Today at 12:32 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Kelejan Today at 12:26 am

» Geezer's 17
by Turan Today at 12:22 am

» Has anyone tried 13 per square?
by Turan Today at 12:04 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by Turan Yesterday at 11:54 pm

» Get Moving!
by StrongAsMeat Yesterday at 10:20 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by StrongAsMeat Yesterday at 10:14 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 6:22 pm

» Butterflies
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:36 pm

» Mel's Mix shows it is worth its weight in gold
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 4:06 pm

» Reading Material?
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 3:56 pm

» Hello from Chino, CA (Zone 10a)
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:00 pm

» Podding Radishes, Anyone?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 2:48 pm

» First of the Season
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 2:37 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by recoush Yesterday at 2:36 pm

» who has chickens
by RC3291 Yesterday at 2:00 pm

» April Avatar: Show Yourself!
by llama momma Yesterday at 1:22 pm

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by greenthumbtobe Yesterday at 12:26 pm

» Healthy Meals
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 11:21 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 10:24 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:12 am

» Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garlic grow?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:44 am

» New England April 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 9:27 am

» Potato Harvest 2017
by RC3291 Yesterday at 9:03 am

» What's in the bottom of your raised bed?
by RC3291 Yesterday at 8:57 am

» Pallet Wacking
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:35 am

» Spider Mites?
by yolos 4/21/2017, 10:50 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard 4/21/2017, 4:10 pm

» Box Coatings
by ChasingAnnie 4/21/2017, 12:57 pm

» Spinach gone wild
by sanderson 4/21/2017, 12:36 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

composting questions from a newbie

View previous topic View next topic Go down

composting questions from a newbie

Post  dstubbs on 5/16/2010, 7:10 am

Hi,

I'm thinking about trying to make my own compost. I have very little outdoor space, so I'm thinking of getting either a compact drum composter (eg - Envirocycle) or a vermicomposter (eg- The Worm Factory). Anyone have any thoughts on either of those? They're both a bit pricey so I'll have to save up for a while. This would probably have to be on my roof (where my SFG is!). If I get a worm composter, I suppose I'll have to bring the poor fellows inside over the winter. I know you can worm compost in a roughneck note (cheaper!), but I'm a bit squeamish and I want to interact as little as possible with the critters. I'm currently using store bought compost mixed from the few different sources I can find locally for my Mel's mix: mixed farm manures, acquaculture compost, sheep manure, and coffee grinds from Starbucks. I haven't gotten as far as harvesting anything, so I haven't had to add new compost yet after setting up my SFG.

If I do make my own compost using one of the above methods, is it ok to put weeds like dandelions from the yard into it? I don't use anything chemical on my lawn, but I'm worried that weed seeds might start sprouting up in my SFG if I do that.

All advice appreciated as I'm new and clueless!
avatar
dstubbs

Posts : 135
Join date : 2010-05-11
Location : Saint John, NB (zone 5)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

vermin

Post  dstubbs on 5/16/2010, 7:35 am

I forgot to add that I really don't want to attract any kind of vermin to my compost pile, so I assume I shouldn't include any animal products like kitchen scraps. Anything else I should keep in mind? Will odour be an issue (this thing will be right next to the house!).
avatar
dstubbs

Posts : 135
Join date : 2010-05-11
Location : Saint John, NB (zone 5)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: composting questions from a newbie

Post  trustingHim on 5/16/2010, 9:16 am

definitely no animal products! They will not only take way too long to break down, but they will horribly smell as they rot and attract the four legged pests that you do not want.

I've also read that when you add new vegetation to your compost pile, to bury it under the pile at least a few inches to try to keep the smell from would-be foragers.
avatar
trustingHim

Posts : 49
Join date : 2010-03-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: composting questions from a newbie

Post  trustingHim on 5/16/2010, 2:32 pm

I forgot one of the biggest reasons to not include meat products- the disease factor. The same goes for carniverous animal waste.
avatar
trustingHim

Posts : 49
Join date : 2010-03-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: composting questions from a newbie

Post  trustingHim on 5/16/2010, 2:33 pm

Of course, I'm no expert. I'm learning just like you!
avatar
trustingHim

Posts : 49
Join date : 2010-03-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: composting questions from a newbie

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum