What makes a plant grow healthiest, horse manure, coffee grounds or banana peels? I need to know this for my science fair. I need research.
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well horse manur adds nitrogen so does coffee grounds, but banana peels ,potasium but compost does the most good, add all these together win carbon material and boom growth,
Can I use my dog's waste in compost?
No, it is not a good idea to use this in compost. About 95% of the time, manure from animals, like dogs, will not cause harm - but you shouldn't use it in the garden because of that other 5%. Meat-eating animals can carry harmful bateria that may pose a threat to both plant and people (when used on veggies).
I throw it in a compost tumbler with the shredded leaves and grass. I have only used that mix for the flower beds however and they seem quite happy with it.
How do I get rid of little flies in the bag of household multi-compost that I have and need to use?
I would put it in an air tight bag. The existing flies would suffocate and no others could get at it.
I found that my compost pile has maggots in it and I heard that it's bad to have maggots in a compost pile. Is that true?
These are likely grub worms, but at any rate even maggots are actually good for the compost pile, helping to break things down and aerate it. Generally, they will go away on their own, so don't use any chemicals within the compost in an effort to remove them. Once put in the garden, birds will most likely feast on any that are left and you could also hand pick the ones you see and drop them in a bucket of soapy water. If you happen to have chickens, they enjoy snacking on them too.
grub worms = fish bait! Know someone that fishes? let'm know you have a source for grubs!
Can you use 3 to 4 year old fruit and vegetable waste for composting that has been stored in containers?
You can as long as it has no pests problems. The pest problems would not be harmful to the compost, if you have them, but they can be a nuisance and would make working with the compost later unappealing.
My dog urinates on sheets of newspaper that I put down for him. Can I put that newspaper in my compost bin?
If you keep a properly heated compost bin, then it is ok. But most people do not maintain their compost pile to reach optimal temperatures. Feces and urine from animals that eat meat can contain pathogens that are harmful to people and will only be killed if a compost pile reaches optimal temperatures, so it is generally recommended that you do not put waste from a meat eating animal in your compost pile.
you can if you keep at the right temperature wich is almost impossible . you would have to have some equiment to do that so i would not suggest it enless you want your plants or you get sick
Rid-X is an enzyme additive to help the matter in septic tanks break down. I wonder if it would be safe to use in my compost pile-- as an additive to quicken the decomposing process. What do you think? If not, what handy product could I use?
Hi Anonymous - sorry for a later answer but I'm new and just reading some of the posts - I've heard of Rid-X but I'm thinking this is not the best thing for a compost pile. Garden centers usually have compost accelerator which you sprinkle on every month or so depending on the season- it runs about $5 to $7 for a 1 Kilo box. I've also heard of using organic molasses - but I think it would be kind of pricey - I have no idea how much molasses it would take.
Also - check your compost pile for earthworms - a must-have - If you don't have any or only have a few - go adopt some more and add them in.