RE: CG composting
I'm gonna give you some links and all, but I think you should give a hollar
over to John Vernin at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for some
pointers on your compost problems. Reading below, I think your issue is
balancing the reds and the greens. Call John, read the links, go to the
library for recipes and I think you'll be able to get your compost pile
going in a few weeks. You might want to call up the Penn State University
Cooperative Extension - they might even have some goodies for you:
1) This Ohio State site is pretty good:
2) University of Missouri on building a compost bin:
3) A lengthy article from Mississippi State University's Ag Extension with
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> From: susan hauck [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 9:20 AM
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> Subject: [cg] CG composting
> Hello folks,
> I have a question about fairly large-scale composting. We are a 2
> year old community garden in Phila. We made a compost bin last year
> from old shipping pallets and started filling it up with green stuff
> from our plots, and leaves hauled in from around the neighborhood.
> What we had by the fall last year was a big, very dry (despite all
> the rain) pile of stuff. Virtually nothing had composted. When we
> tried to turn it, we discovered that it *had* become the home of a
> large swarm of yellow jackets. Luckily, no one was bit!
> My husband and I compost in our little "yard" at home and get good
> stuff. He insists on chopping every green bit into small pieces.
> While I don't disagree this helps in breaking the stuff down, with
> the volume at the CG it just doesn't seem practical to ask
> everyone/someone to do this. How do other CG handle composting?
> Without seeing the compost bin, does anyone have ideas on how the
> design might be improved? I tried frequent watering at the end of
> the summer season and it didn't seem to help. suggestions welcome.
> the Brewery Garden
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