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Re: Composting idea

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Composting idea
  • From: Grow19@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 08:40:00 EST

Composting is a great idea and this could raise the overall quality of  
gardening.  That said, some research should be done about types and volume  of 
materials to accept, the size of piles (and mix of materials) to be formed by  
gardeners, the system used to water and turn the piles, etc., any county  
regulations regarding size and placement of a large system.  
 
I'd say - really great idea; plan to do it, but wait until you've done some  
thorough research; sources of info - US National Arboretum (where they compost 
 yard waste); Institute for Local Self-Reliance (where they've been 
researching  and developing a yard waste composting system for the city of DC); the 
Intervale  in Burlington, Vermont; the national composting associations, etc.  
Partner  with University of Maryland to engage graduate students in doing 
research and  helping you with scale, materials, day to day management, etc.
 
In addition, you might want to devote some plot space to growing 'compost  
crops' that are mixed with leaves to get the right mix.
 
Good luck!
Judy Tiger


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