post pictures of your composting

scotty66(8 Hutto TX)April 17, 2012

I'm just curious how everyone else does their composting, mine is just piled on the ground, I'm contemplating building a pallet bin though.

My pile is made up of kitchen waste and yard clippings. I haul my kitchen waste to the pile once a week in a 5 gallon bucket (kept just outside the back door). I put grass clippings on the pile whenever I use the push mower (with bag attachment). I've been getting lazy and using a riding mower more often.

I would like to see pictures of other peoples compost piles. (sounds a bit naughty, doesn't it?)

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my little monster (compost pile) sitting outside my garden area.

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sanctified(Zone 5)

Here is an album of mine. I built it in the last 2 weeks. The bins are about 5' wide and 4' deep each. I build these so that I could have compost but so that it would also look okay to people that visited my house.

Here is a link that might be useful: Compost Bin

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 9:41AM
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tn_gardening

Here's mine along with my garden helpers.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 11:12AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Most compost is coffee waste, some leaves & grass chippings.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 11:41AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Nice! I wished my comp wasnt a pice of $**t. I want to compost my comp! I cant upload pics because my comp wont recognize my camera.

I wish I could get some "garden helpers". My grandmother is afraid they will stink plus my city "outlawed" them :-(

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 1:00PM
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toxcrusadr Clay Soil(Zone 6a - MO)

Despite your passionate emotions I would not advise composting your computer. The boards are loaded with heavy metals and the plastic likely has quite a bit of polybrominated diphenylether fire retardants which will (if you are male) cause you to grow man-boobs. If you are female I won't even go into it, but it's even worse.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 2:32PM
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lazy_gardens

My usual remesh panel bin. I don't really "turn" them, I wait until it's time to rip the bin apart and get more compost.

Compost being removed - the outer border is not ready, so it gets tossed into the bottom of the new bin, as does any large lump of compost that makes it through the sifter.

and compost sifter, Three scrap bicycle rims, some scrap lumber, and about 6 feet of 1/2 inch hardware cloth, and some teensy wheels.

OH ... I grow stuff in them too.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 4:06PM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

@lazygardens: I really like your setup. Are your panel bins made from "concrete reinforcing wire" (4' x 8' panels)?

I also like how your growing in the actual compost pile. I had a couple of "volunteer" tomato plants grow out of my compost pile this year and I decided to let one of them grow. It's outside my fenced garden area, so my little dogs will probably eat all the tomatoes.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 5:28PM
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subk3

Here's one of three piles:

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Management:

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Life is so much easier with a front end loader!

I compost horse manure and pine stall bedding. Stall leavings are dumped from a wheelbarrow into a small utility trailer beside the barn, then once a week I move the trailer to a big pile in my composting area. Every few months I start a new pile.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 10:27PM
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Allen456(8)

I know I should have included something to give scale to the pile, the fence behind is six feet tall, the pile is five feet tall, freshly turned.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 6:39AM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

There you go Allen456, looks alot like my pile! Inlcluding the over tall grass growing along the edges :)

That's one reason I'm considering some sort of containment. I guess all the good nutrients oozing out of the compost pile is encouraging growth around the edges.

I'm thinking either a "panel bin" (as pictured above by lazygardens or a couple of pallet bins (no pictures of one of those yet.)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 5:46PM
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lazy_gardens

Scotty -
Two remesh panels and some hog rings to make the circle. When I need to open the bin, I remove one set of rings and unwrap the "muffin".

Stuff does fall out of the sides, especially if the thrashers and towhees and quail start digging, but I rake it up and toss it back on top. If you wanted to have a tidier bin, an outer wrap of chickenwire would work.

The tomatoes are growing in a layer of 50/50 garden dirt and compost from another bin. I made a shallow saucer, lined it with newspaper and filled it with the mix, then planted tomatoes. A 1/4 in soaker line looped into the planters to keep the plants happy, and the water also speeds up the composting process.

After the tomatoes freeze in the fall, I either rip the heap apart or toss a bunch more stuff on it ... depends on how much is sank over the summer.

The heaps are casual - I toss all the kitchen scraps, occasional dead pigeons, dry leaves, weeds, and what little grass clippings we produce. Old plants too ... the bean vines, queen's wreath, etc. If we're shredding stuff, it usually ends up as mulch, not compost.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 9:24PM
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Worms4Tracy

Lazygardens,

I love your harvester...and the fact that it's made from reclaimed materials. Is it possible for a compost harvester to be sexy? Clearly, the answer is yes.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 12:12AM
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HIWTHI

lazygardens, yours looks like ours. We just keep piling it up till it's full, then lift the wire, move it over, then scoop the pile over and use what's ready. It's simple and it works. Just hate that having to bend part in our old age.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 1:11AM
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iowa50126(z5IA)

Pile #1 by the deck

Piles #2 and 3 by the garage

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 9:25AM
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rott

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Lazygardens,

I think your sifter is brilliant.

I also like your general approach I'm picking up on. If necessity is the mother of invention, laziness is the father.

thanks
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    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 10:17AM
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jugglerguy(z4-5 MI)

All I have is a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6PfMUzAGyU

Rob

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 1:25PM
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rott

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Fun video Rob. Hope you don't get composted.

thanks
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    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 3:03PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

I have an album on Flickr of compost. I like hot composting.

Here is a link that might be useful: my compost photos

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 7:45PM
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lazy_gardens

Here are the plans for the compost sifter.

I sift to get out the big chunks of things that aren't decomposed yet: pine cones, twigs, etc.

What I use in the garden is about half-done because it lasts longer in our climate. And I'm not intimidated by the rules of compost making.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plans for compost sifter

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 8:16PM
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ctnchpr

I have several compost piles of various sizes and ages. Some are enclosed in fencing, others are just piles - like this one that was made today. A section of my yard was reclaimed which had 3 years of leaves and lots of greens in a fairly good mix, so they're getting composted in place.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 1:20AM
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rott

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Lazygardens, thanks for the plans.

Tropical thought, do the cats help the compost process? I find they only think they help.
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    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 2:43AM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

I am an urban gardener & composter. My yard is about 500 square feet in its entirety, therefore, I opt to compost with a rotating system of two commercial bins in the garden, and a vermicompost bin in my basement.

Here's a closeup of the bins, and their contents:

And here's the garden, almost in its entirety, with the bins off to the left:

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 7:41AM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

nice instructions Lazygardens! I hadn't screened my compost before, maybe that explains why I have so many volunteer tomato and watermelon plants this year :)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 7:52PM
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Lloyd

Hey Carrie...if I am seeing correctly, you used zip ties to hold the corners together? I remember you had problems with those bins but never did hear how you resolved the issue. They look fine now.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 12:38AM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Lloyd - exactly right - you've got a good memory! I drilled holes all up & down all four corners of each bin & zip tied them together. The bins themselves are pretty flimsy - but I went on the cheap. When it's time to replace these, I will get sturdier bins - ones that the rodents have to spend 20 minutes chewing through rather than 20 seconds... examine the inner top rim of the left hand side bin.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 7:00AM
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tn_gardening

Posted by scotty66 8 Hutto TX (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 24, 12 at 19:52

nice instructions Lazygardens! I hadn't screened my compost before, maybe that explains why I have so many volunteer tomato and watermelon plants this year :)
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Maybe, but I suspect your pile isn't getting hot enough to kill the seeds (most seeds will find their way through all but the smallest sifters).

FWIW, every year I get some volunteer plants. I often will let them go. Guess I have a soft spot.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:29AM
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Lloyd

Carrie, I saw that hole and assumed you had just damaged it out of frustration with your fork. Rodent, eh?

Lloyd

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 11:56AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Lloyd, no pic's?
lazygardens, love your simple compost pile.
My uncle had one of them, it worked great.
The compost looks like it would feed a no till garden & mulch the weeds at the same time.
I have got to remember to make one this fall, for all the spare leaves.
Been using a flat screen, but think I will make yours,too.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 6:43PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Lloyd - I assume so. I live in a big city... I've got lots of squirrels visiting my yard, but they're not the suspect rodents...

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 6:53PM
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Lloyd

Hole that big? Not squirrels? Kinda narrows it down, I hate them with a passion!

Haven't posted pics because I think darn near everyone has seen my pics already. :-)

Lloyd

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:13PM
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jrmckins

"near everyone" is the key phrase ... post away!!!

I'd post a pic but I'm too lazy to figure out how to post a pic using this 1970's-era sire :-)

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 10:29PM
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Lloyd

Start with these.

Then if you're really bored, these.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 7:38AM
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jrmckins

can someone explain how to post an image? I read the directions and they make no sense. Or maybe I read the wrong directions ...

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 9:13AM
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ctnchpr

That's some good lookin' farmland, Lloyd!!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 12:05PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Yeah Loyd what is that a sod farm? Or soybean? Looks nice!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:42PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Lol!! Loyd if that is you with the beard in the last two pics me and you look exactly alike! Except I got less grays but Im catchin up;-)

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:46PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

jrmckins - to post a photo, you can upload your photos to one of the free hosting sites (I use Photobucket) and then, from there, copy the html code fro your photo, from the hosting site, into the body of your message. When you hit "preview" you should be able to see your message with the photos in it.

Lloyd - it could actually be the squirrels chewing the holes through my bins, right? And not anything else, right? It is squirrels, right? Please tell me that it is only squirrels that are going after my compost.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:56PM
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jrmckins

Here's my two-stall compost bin. The one on the right is almost done. You can also see that my 7 year old wasn't very neat when she added the shredded phone book.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 11:20PM
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Lloyd

Not me in the picture.

I grow wheat. If it ain't wheat it's a weed. :-(

I take anywhere between 350-500 metric tonnes of yard trimmings each year and rotate the application between three fields. Some I use to make actual compost but 80-90% is applied directly to a fallow field.

Carrie...I had a squirrel chew a really nice hole in a large rubbermaid container I had bird feed in. It was an incredibly perfect round hole up near the top of a three foot container. How the heck he hung over the edge of the lid to do it is beyond me. I hate squirrels almost as much as I hate rats.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 11:28PM
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maximavswife(4)

My composting story is the link below. Like Carrie, I am an urban gardener and I also use zip ties to hold the bin together.
Kath

Here is a link that might be useful: Oh Poo

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 12:24PM
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lazy_gardens

The dominant weed in my garden? Matt's wild Cherry tomato, and tomatillos.

I don't worry about killing weed seeds with a hot compost pile. I just run a scuffle hoe over them after they sprout.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 4:51PM
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lgteacher(SCal)

Mine is made from a 10 foot roll of hardware cloth (wire). I move it every once in a while because the ground underneath gets a load of nutrients. Volunteer tomatoes do sprout up. The stake is so it doesn't blow away in a Santa Ana wind.

Here is a link that might be useful: Compost basics

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 5:17PM
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art_1(10 CA)





Older pile that I ran over with the lawn mower a few times and turned:

The straw was free after Halloween from craigslist.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 3:37PM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

art 1, you get the prize for a compost pile most resembling cousin itt.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 2:49AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Lol cousin it!

Heres mine. Just a box now in the back of the yard.

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jolj(7b/8a)

blazeaglory, nice yard.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 3:50PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

joli thanks! Here it is a little over a year ago...Lol If I would have known better I would have planned things better but I take it day by day:-) My grandfather used to manage the yards but he passed away last December so I came home to stay and help Granny.

Here is a link that might be useful: Yard Progress

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 5:23PM
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