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#1 speedyg OFFLINE  

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Posted August 14, 2011 - 01:19 PM

How do you all make and use a compost? I have started somthing :) but sure would like to do it right :) Thanks for any help!!!!

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Posted August 14, 2011 - 04:23 PM

I run my plants through a shredder without the screen, then layer in some dirt, sometimes adding some Nitrogen fertilizer to the upper layers to help it compost faster. Bins or piles should be 3' in diameter (or square) minimum for proper heating, mine aren't quite that big, but works for me! I don't worry about getting it completely decomposed before mixing it into the planting beds, it'll finish in the garden. ~~ grnspot
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Posted August 14, 2011 - 04:37 PM

I run my plants through a shredder without the screen,

I never thought of taking the screen out ! I try feeding green plants and it will clog up in just a few minutes of use , then they would have to be cleaned :wallbanging::wallbanging::wallbanging:
Can't wait to follow your instructions on making compost, Al

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Posted August 14, 2011 - 05:00 PM

What about plants that have want to seed? do you get alot of unwanted growth? grnspot, when you say" mine" do you have more than one, and do you move the compost in stages so to speek?

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Posted August 14, 2011 - 06:48 PM

This is the shredder I use for green stuff: Picture 183.jpg

I have a row of bins about 30" wide & high, one for collecting, three more for composting.

Only pic I could find of the bins; (L to R) first is an 8' mulch bin, collection bin, 3 compost bins, dirt bin & sand bin. The dirt bin is for composting & mixing potting soil. Sand is for general use.

A "hot" compost will kill the seeds! I try to shred before seeds are mature enough to sprout. ~~ grnspot

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Posted August 16, 2011 - 05:57 PM

grnspot, Thanks for taking the time to post pics and giving a detailed explination for me! I think my little pile of dirt ain't going to get er done. :) Nice place!

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Posted August 19, 2011 - 01:03 AM

Do you guys warer your compost?

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Posted August 19, 2011 - 07:24 AM

I wet it down as I turn it, and wet each layer as I add new stuff.

My compost setup is made from old pallets, I have 2 sections, one is kept empty, then when I turn it or add a large batch of grass, I pitch fork from one side to the other.

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Posted August 19, 2011 - 11:20 AM

I sometimes pile up calf stall cleanings for compost just by the barn. Rain runs off & keeps the compost wet enough. I use my FEL about 2x/month to turn & roll the pile. I also add nitrogen fertilize as it requires it for a fast good complete breakdown.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 07:37 PM

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I run my plants through a shredder without the screen,


I never thought of taking the screen out ! I try feeding green plants and it will clog up in just a few minutes of use , then they would have to be cleaned :wallbanging::wallbanging::wallbanging:
Can't wait to follow your instructions on making compost, Al
I cut up my still green corn stalks weeds ect last night using the chipper/shredder and it worked GREAT !!!! Didn't have to stop and clean the screens !!



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Posted September 02, 2011 - 09:28 PM

I built one 8+10 this summer and was doing good, Till the power pole fell and I had to remove it so the power co. could set new pole. Then I got LUCKY a Vet Clinic about 1 mile down the road told me to come get all I needed already to go in garden FREE so now I haul by truck loads.

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Posted September 04, 2011 - 10:59 AM

I just whack together bins out of old pallets and dump stuff in them so it rots. I turn it once in a while, when I feel like it. I don't usually water compost, but it's been so dry this summer that I have been.

For the mix I dump in yard waste, kitchen waste (vegetable only), ash from the fire pit, and mix in some top-soil and manure if/when I have any left over. I always leave some finished compost in the mix as well, since it seems to hurry things up a bit.

I use two bins most of the time, one with well-rotted compost ready to use and one with fresh stuff being added. Not this year though...with the yard being ripped apart and all this landscaping going on, the well-rotted pile was gone by mid-June and the other pile is looking a little neglected.

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Posted September 10, 2011 - 12:29 AM

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3 times a year, I cut and collect about an acre of alfalfa and grass for my compost pit. My F510 John Deere with a nice deep deck to does the initial cutting. When the material has dried to the right moisture content, I collect it with my JD 140 H3 with 48" deck and trailer type vacuum system. I use staked pallets for a silage pit style unit and mix a little dirt in as I go. A Case 195 garden tractor with a Kwik Way Loader and fork tine bucket is used to turn and mix the materials.

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Posted September 13, 2011 - 01:22 AM

I am bearying my compost under the ground? sounds like you all are making piles above ground. does the compost break down? it seems like it wouldtake years?

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Posted September 13, 2011 - 05:13 AM

speedyg , last year my neighbors started giving me grass clippings when the bagged . I let the pile grow and grow , and didn't do anything with it , ended up with a big pile of dry grass clippings at the end of the season.:wallbanging: This year I mixed dirt in as they gave it to me and turned the pile too . This is working out much better , you can feel the heat as it's working and seems the grass/dirt mix gets smaller in just a few days !!
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