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
» Rolly Pollys
by CapeCoddess Today at 7:07 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 7:06 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by CitizenKate Today at 6:31 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 6:17 pm

» growing corn
by yolos Today at 4:46 pm

» boxes on a slope?
by yolos Today at 4:34 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by trolleydriver Today at 4:06 pm

» Hello from TN
by sanderson Today at 3:53 pm

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Today at 3:47 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 3:25 pm

» Yard and garden Maintenance Gadgets
by yolos Today at 1:54 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 1:23 pm

» Lil' Goners
by Scorpio Rising Today at 1:13 pm

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 12:56 pm

» Ground Cherries
by countrynaturals Today at 10:59 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Today at 8:48 am

» Saving cantaloupe from cucumber beetle?
by jimmy cee Today at 8:29 am

» New England May 2017
by bigdogrock Today at 8:02 am

» Excited to be a part of forum
by Kelejan Today at 12:37 am

» Hello from St Louis
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:52 pm

» Strawberry protection
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:49 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:26 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:45 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:33 pm

» New in NY...Hi all
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:44 pm

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:31 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 3:19 pm

» New For 2017
by Turan Yesterday at 2:24 pm

» Planting tomatoes, cucumbers and squash back to back on wire mesh trellis.
by Veganist Yesterday at 2:17 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 7:59 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

oddball compost question

View previous topic View next topic Go down

oddball compost question

Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 10:39 am

Since animal hair is high in protein can it be composted? I am speaking of parasite- free hair from my cats and my llamas. Does anyone know?
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 9/14/2011, 10:54 am

Yes, and I don't think parasites like fleas matter. There's no living animal to bite in your compost....they will go elsewhere searching for food.

avatar
BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 43
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 11:17 am

Thanks BBG !

Did a little searching online after posting the question. One article even claimed that Human Hair has 30 times the nitrogen of manure and the local hairdresser should be able to easily provide a couple pounds of this stuff. Interesting!
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  littlesapphire on 9/14/2011, 11:25 am

I've heard that, too, that hair and nail clippings are actually good for your compost pile. Who knew?
avatar
littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 11:39 am

Yes but I'm afraid my husband would have me committed if i said scuse me hon, I have to go trim my hair and cut my nails and toe nails over at the compost heap.... hah, at some point this all gets a little weird, Shocked Yes then there's the urine thing too!
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  camprn on 9/14/2011, 12:00 pm

A lot of hair that comes from salon is chemically treated. Not so much, from the barber shop. What a Face

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14144
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  llama momma on 9/14/2011, 12:48 pm

Eeww, chemicals on the hair, which ones break down and which don't... Yes that kind ends it for me re: hair dresser. I'll stay with cat hair and extra llama fiber that isn't sold to spinners. Thanks Camprn ! Laughing
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  Goosegirl on 9/14/2011, 9:20 pm

I have started saving the vacuum bag from our little Mighty Mite for the compost bin because it is used exclusively to vacuum up the hair when I cut Hubby's mop. Does anyone know if gray has more nitrogen? Razz

GG
avatar
Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3411
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 52
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  boffer on 9/14/2011, 9:25 pm

@Goosegirl wrote: Does anyone know if gray has more nitrogen? Razz
GG

My wife cuts my hair too, and the grayer it gets, the faster it grows...we both hate that! (I think it's the protein, and not the nitrogen.)

We just throw it into the grass for the birds and mice to use in their nests.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  westie42 on 9/14/2011, 11:51 pm

No, Nitrogen heads the other direction.

westie42

Male Posts : 512
Join date : 2011-03-22
Age : 75
Location : West Union, Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  AprilakaCCIL on 9/14/2011, 11:59 pm

can flower plants that are not harmful go in the compost bin?
avatar
AprilakaCCIL

Female Posts : 219
Join date : 2011-06-30
Age : 43
Location : Zone 7b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

Post  westie42 on 9/15/2011, 12:08 am

Sure but if they have much of a tough stalk it would be best to chop them up a little and you may get some volunteer flower plants from it too. If you can find comfrey plants they are dynomite stuff for compost as are numerous different plants, variety is a good thing. Compost provides evidence that there is life after death.

westie42

Male Posts : 512
Join date : 2011-03-22
Age : 75
Location : West Union, Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: oddball compost question

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