I have an open wire mesh compost pile, with approx 1:3 ratio of green to brown material. To speed up process, i am adding the drunken compost accelerator you mentioned. But HOW OFTEN to add it. (Northern Vermont location.)
Just once, unless you compost more than one time per year. Then you will add it to each pile.
Chocolate Chocolate & other candy
No, it would attract insects and rodents. Stick to leafy greens, grass, leaves, etc.
I am working on a research experiment in composting fish at Florida Gulf Coast University and I am wondering if it is possible and what we need to do for this. Any info is helpful. Thank you!
Meat is not recommended as a component of composters. Here is more:
Here are types of composters:
I’m making Mels Mix. I have the peat moss and vermiculite. I’m just not quite sure how many bags of compost I’ll need. I have three 4’ x 8’ and five 4’ x 4’ beds. All are 10” deep. I’ve come up with three different choices. 33? 44? 55?
The proportion is equal parts (1/3 each) of peat moss, vermiculite, and compost. So the amount of compost would be the same as the amount of peat moss and vermiculite you figured. Plus it depends on the size of the bag as to how many you will need.
One of your articles states compost tea needs to be infused in water for a week or more. Yet, compost tea bag supplier, Systane,, states overnight. Which is correct?
It seems to be a matter of opinion. Here is an article that states 3 days and it is using the bubbler.
If you are using purchased tea bags you should follow their directions. Systane is also using a bubbler.
The Gardening Know How article does not use the bubbler so it will take longer.
I have a hotdog 2.5 cu ft composter
Some amount of insect presence is normal. If this is too excessive, then you may want to dry out your compost a bit. This article will help:
You name it, I tried it. Ratios as best guess done. Turning pile. Pallets under and on ground. Watering, compost starter, horse manure, black cover now in January here in Dallas, afternoon sun… I only use recommended brown and green ingredients. Pile is close to 3 feet high, and at least 4 feet wide. Worms from ground are plentiful near ground. No smell. Using compost thermometer. Started pile In October and add weekly leaves and greens. Thrown dirt on from time to time. HELP! :-(
Generally, there are a few things that can cause this. I suspect that your microbes did not take. They tend to heat things up if you can get it, at least, warm.
Another problem is not turning the pile enough. This prevents bacteria from spreading equally to fill out the pile.
In the meantime, this article will help you to address a pile that won't get warm:
Here are some more articles that you will find useful: