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    Question Needing help! 1st time composting

    Hello Forum Garden thanks for the add.

    In the past 2 months, I have decided to cut my work schedule down and start having a little more time to myself. With this free time I have been a little bored I can't lie but I have also decided to start my own little organic vegetable patch in my back yard and how better to start than your own compost heap? apart from I have no idea what I'm doing.

    So, what should I use to create this compost heap? I know that dead leaves and vegetable waste is fine but how much do you use? What else can you use? I have a plot of and 1m by 1m square to heap the compost, in the area I said above roughly how long will it take to get actual compost? and then pretty much anything else you guys can share with me.

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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    Okay...organic ha? Well firstly you could watch the elaboate composting they do on gardening shows ...get frustrated and give up

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    Do what i do. Basically i include everything and i mean EVERYTHING!!!
    You are essentially creating warmth and food for bugs....all bugs not just worms.

    What do bugs eat? ....EVERYTHING!

    Mostly gardeners will tell you no meat no dairy no solid matter (wood, twigs,pot ash)
    Its all a nonsense! Bugs eat everthing and soil breaks everything down.
    No bugs....no compost. No soil mixed in.....no compost.

    Airate it.....mix it....remember you are cooking essentially meals for bugs.

    Thats it.

    Or you can do another thing i do and add chook poo and all kitchen scraps straight into your vege garden so youre not double handling.
    Turn the soil where you throw stuff onto it and voila

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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    When I was a kid (while I still lived in a property with a garden) we used to have an open coal fire. Then we had a gas fire installed instead. After that the coal bunker outside was redundant.

    Now, this coal bunker was not simply a box to put the coal in, but a container, about 1.5m square, with concret slab sides & top, with a lift up wooden lid (just like THIS ONE) where you would tip the coal in. However, at the front, at the base was a little slide up door, where you would shovel the coal out, as & when you needed it.

    As you can imagine, this coal bunker served as an excellent compost bin. All sorts of organic matter in the top then, after it's had time to rot down, you can shovel it out from the bottom.

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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    I also have heard you can add paper, too, and I believe a bit of water every now and then is good for the compost as well.
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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    Newspaper (some, not too much, preferably shredded.) egg shells, and coffee grounds are good.
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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    Hence my comment....EVERYTHING! Lol.
    When you think of composting think. Rainforest. What happens in a rainforest.

    And dont forget ...potatoes, pumpkins, lots of different herbs grow in compost. You dont have to wait to use it. Uou can plant as you build it.

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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    Fourpart We also had coal for heat - you'd load the hopper and remove the clinkers from the furnace. great container for compost.

    I've also watch my neighbor add coffee grounds & egg shells.

    Good luck
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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    Some great replies here guys and I have learnt so much by just reading this! I am going to put all of the above into practice and keep you guys updated along the way.

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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

    I thought I posted this already but obvs not. I have come across these Compost tumblers http://www.used.forsale/compost-tumbler has anyone got any experience using one of these? does it make life easier?

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    Re: Needing help! 1st time composting

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    As for the items for sale I've known children who crawl into those and fall asleep, it makes for a hectic hour or two searching for them. If you're afflicted that way then you can't keep rotting compost in them, it makes the children very smelly by the time they emerge.
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