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RE: compost

	Kristin is one of our far-flung community garden list serve members
from, you guessed it,  Budapest, Hungary & the USA ( world traveller that
she is.) Last I heard, she was writing somthing about cg's.


	Fred really knows compost. We all learn from him.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Fred Conrad [SMTP:fgconrad@acfb.org]
> Sent:	Friday, September 01, 2000 9:25 AM
> To:	'Kristin Faurest'; community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	RE: [cg] compost
> Kristin,
> i'm not a biologist, but i play one on TV.  Rumor has it that some
> bacteria,
> mold and fungus do better with oxygen, and some do better deep inside a
> methane-rich environment.
> I've always heard that the aerobic ones are the best ones, which is why
> turning your compost frequently (letting it breathe) encourages the growth
> of these and speeds up the breakdown of organic matter.  The blue mold you
> describe sounds like you might be a little heavy on fresh grass clippings,
> but that's just a guess on my part.  If fresh grass clippings are being
> added to your compost, then turning it and mixing it with other stuff will
> be much to your advantage and should cut down on the blue mold.
> During mosquito season i turn my compost just weekly, but the rest of the
> year i mix it up almost every day.  I'm always fascinated by how much
> volume
> one bin can handle and the stuff just breaks down to practically nothing.
> The less you turn it, the more visible molds and fruiting body of fungus
> appear and the slower the process of decomposition.
> Did you say Budapest as in Hungary?  Or did you mean Budapest,
> Pennsylvania?
> fgc
> Community Garden Coordinator
> Atlanta Community Food Bank
> 970 Jefferson Street, NW
> Atlanta, GA  30318
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kristin Faurest [mailto:kfaurest@hotmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2000 5:28 PM
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: [cg] compost
> My compost has a bit of blue mold on it. Is this a problem, and what can I
> do to prevent it? (Or have I started a penicillin farm?)
> Kristin Faurest
> Budapest
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