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New to Composting...need advice!

Postby Twoody » Jul 14, 2012 4:21 pm

Hi Everyone,

I have always wanted to garden and we just purchased our first house with a potentially beautiful garden. The owner was an avid gardener and an expert in the field, I will be seeking a lot of advise. He has rented his house for the last 10 years and thing have not been maintained. He has an open compost system built that I would definitely love to use. It is currently full of grass clippings. I have a few questions:

-What do I do with the grass? (it is full!!)
-Bears are definitely a worry in our area so I need to keep it as less smelly as possible, how do i do that?
-What is the best way to get this system up and running again?
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Re: New to Composting...need advice!

Postby Mygrandmeresgarden » Jul 16, 2012 9:58 pm

Can you post a photo to see what you actually have...I'm visual!

Is the compost fully composted or is it full of fresh grass clippings?
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Re: New to Composting...need advice!

Postby RubyTuesday49 » Sep 02, 2012 9:52 pm

It's not a great idea to have an "open" compost pile - it brings in rats and other critters! Better to close it in or get one of those compost bins (often from the city for $35). I live in a dry area -Zone 6 so I leave my grass clippings on the lawn. Compost bin has house waste (not meat) and newspaper that I line the house bucket with. I sometimes put in leaves (not weeds) and water - it doesn't "smell" when it's working right. I have a compost turning tool (from Lee Valley) - works great!
Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.
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Re: New to Composting...need advice!

Postby jeenasmith » Jan 04, 2013 5:34 am

You can post a picture of your, so that we can get a clear idea about the place and can know how to deal with it.
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