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Post  rod champion on 1/25/2012, 9:09 am

Carolyn,

Would you mind explaining the trash can composter you speak of? How you do it...

Your garden is beautiful.

Thanks you,

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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 1/25/2012, 11:35 am

I've seen videos about it and am hoping those on the forum who do it will respond. In the meantime I have some questions too... Smile

1) Every time I've seen videos of making trash can composters, they have used "new" trash cans. Is it safe to repurpose old worn out dark plastic garbage cans with some holes already in them? They did contain actual garbage, do they need to be cleaned with a bleach solution? I also have some smaller "new" cans I could use if the other ones just truly need to be junked.

2) I already have bagged leaves, grass, spent plants, guinea pig bedding and a bag of black kow as well as the typical kitchen peelings, coffee grounds, etc. A couple of years ago we got bales of hay/straw? to put in front of our doghouses which my husband the following spring just spread out in that corner of the yard. Can I use this as well? Even if...errr...the dogs may have...ahem...added liquid nitrogen content to them? Embarassed

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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 1/25/2012, 11:57 am

Hi,
I have not had a lot of luck with the trash can composter. I think it is operator error. (Not wet enough) An old trash can should be just fine, might want to hit it with the hose. The old, high nitrogen straw should work very well. The only waste products you need to worry about are the solids. Please report back on how the project worked.

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Re: Carolyn Phillips - Trash Can Composter

Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/28/2012, 7:40 pm

Sorry. I been obsessing about tomatoes over there where people obsess over tomatoes.

I don't see anything wrong with a used trash can as long as you scrub it with some bleach and rinse it well.
Need to drill many holes around the trash can so it can get air inside. One of the good things about the trash can is that it has a lid so when it rains, the nutrients won't wash away. It is a good idea to cover any and all compost piles rather it be in a trash can or on the ground. Rain washes much of the nutrients and nitrogen out into the ground below.

This is how the trash can is working for me===I chop everything to shreds. I use a shredder mulcher but my grandfather always used a lawnmower. You can also use your kitchen processor to chop up peelings and chop stalks to a fine ---cole slaw---texture before you put it in the composter. The smaller it is the faster and better it will break down.
The moisture has to be just right. Not soggy and not dry. Somewhere in between.
You need a thermometer so you can check on the temp. If it's not heating up enough to compost, (at least 130 but takes a while to compost, 160 is excellent) you can add a few cups of Cotton Seed Meal which is an organic nitrogen sold at most feed, seed, garden, or farm stores. The compost should heat up with high temps for several days, (a week is good) then it will gradually cool down as everything has composted.

The compost in my garden is not from the Trash Can Composter. It was from a regular compost tumbler and commercial compost and some cotton seed meal and bone meal and fish emulsion and ..........etc..........
I just started the trash can composter. Mine has a new batch with this rabbit manure, chicken manure, goat manure, shredded leaves, and shredded garden debris such as cauli, brocco and cabbage leaves and stalks, with some additives to speed things up. All in the name of Giant Tomatoes. Very Happy Along with some mycorrhiza fungi.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/28/2012, 7:42 pm

I would never use dog or cat manure. It's a mental thing.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/28/2012, 7:52 pm

oh= don't put peat moss in the compost pile. It sucks up your moisture. I guess you could but keeping the right moisture would be tougher to manage.

and composting during the winter is slow going....it's cold and rainy and snowy so don't expect high heat right now.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/28/2012, 7:57 pm

sorry= had company show up twice, had to take a break twice.

during the winter months, i would take the compost out of one trash can comoster and transfer it to another trash can Once a week. This helps to mix it. As temps get warm towards spring, transfer it more frequently. During the summer transfer and mix several times a week.
If it is some what light weight materials, you can just pick up the trash can and shake pour into the other trash can.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/28/2012, 8:03 pm

my house is like grand central station tonight.


where was I?
You always need one empty compost trash can. You can 10 trash cans composting but you only need one empty. Transfer one trash can compost into the empty one. now that one is empty and you can use it. etc.......so on and so on.

I have seen a few people bind the trash can lid down with straps and roll it on the ground but I don't see how that will work ---but then again, I haven't tried it.

I personally don't like cardboard or newspaper in my compost. I just don't like it!
personal preference

looking for a link for trash can composters.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/28/2012, 8:15 pm

http://www.pallensmith.com/index.php?id=16631

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/gardening/ht/Garbage_Can_Compost_Bin.htm

http://organicgardening.about.com/od/compost/a/cancomposter.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZyox5yLiMU

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