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Clodded Compost 
I have a barrel style composter. I've added grass clippings, coffee grinds, egg shells etc... It didn't get watered while we were on vacation and now …

Buried Compost Pit 
I obtained a 60 gallon barrel for the purpose of a buried compost pit. I drilled many 3/8" holes in the bottom and approx 1/3 up the sides. The bin is …

Compost Tumbler Questions 
How ya doing? I live in Virginia, Zone 6b, Jan. 10,2013, temp 30 to 50 degrees F, dry. I have a four part question. Airholes for my Tumbler I have …

Daily Kitchen Scraps Meets a Full Compost Tumbler 
What do I do with my daily kitchen scraps as I produce compostable material everyday and my tumbler is already full? This is a problem I continuously …

Oh Fudge... Can I Compost It? 
I have been composting for many years and know the basics. I've been told no meat,no fat and no dairy in the compost. I made some fudge that sugared and …

Unidentified Fungi in the Garden 
I've been seeing a large amount of fungi in the community garden I manage. I haven't identified them. I don't even know if they're toadstools or mushrooms. …

Harvesting / Collecting Compost. 
A gardener I know has two compost bins made of skids on three sides with one side open. Both sit on bare ground. I see how easy it is to turn the compost, …

Bokashi pilot program in H.R. 
Hi Leslie, Will diverting kitchen scraps from my compost heap to use in the Bokashi system slow down the rate of development of my yard waste compost? …

Can you plant a vegetable garden in pure compost? 
Had a load of compost from a company "Blessing Blends" specializing in organic, high quality compost. What they delivered looked amazing - so after stripping …

Ants in the Compost Pile 
I have tiny black ants in my compost pile, should I use diatomaceous earth on them, something else or are they helping my compost break down? Photo …

Mycorrhizae in our compost or what? 
We have white stuff in our compost which looks to me like ashes. It shows up when horse manure or lots of grass clippings are used. I would say when there …

Bedding Down my Fall Garden 
I have been composting leaves now for 25 years, as a result of being daunted by the task of bagging leaves from 47 oak trees on my property. It's a lot …

Composting in a Forest 
We have recently purchased a home on a street with houses on one side and about 12 acres of woods on the other. Historically all of the neighbors …

100% Compost Vegetables Container Garden 
I made a movable raised container garden for an elderly friend who loves gardening but can no longer bend to take care of. In my haste to get it done …

Leggy Growth with "Tea" 
I live in Phoenix and have been composting for about 4 years. When I was able to add the compost to the soil around my plants, it really seemed to give …

Is Our Compost Safe to Use? 
My husband decided to put our compost into a 5 gallon bucket & put the lid on. We live in California so it gets very hot. He did this for 2 months and …

Miserable Composter 
I have dreams and aspirations. So I planted my little garden, and bought a small tumbling composter (2 chambers). Several weeks have elapsed. I'm …

Help I've Got Maggots 
I live in south central Virginia I'm having problems with maggots in my tumbler is this normal? I've been gardening for 30 years but I'm just starting …

My Lawn Soil pH is too High 
I have been trying everything I can to revive my lawn. It was neglected for years. I have been trying my best to revive it for the last 3 years. My problems …

Compost Sources - Storm Debris 
My city cleans streets regularly. The May 26 t-storm piled maple seeds at the sewer entrances. I picked up and dumped 2 yards in a pile that is already …

When to Use the Compost 
Hello I have a. Plastic conical compost bin. I put veg in it every other day. I have been putting veg in it for months, and I always see uncomposted …

Composting My Urban Container Garden 
Hi! I Live in the city and am lucky enough to have a good sized outdoor deck that supports all manners of vegetables in containers during the summer. …

The Worms in My Garden Compost have Disappeared! 
We compost in a large plastic composter that used to be loaded with worms throughout the compost material. Recently we have noticed that the worms are …

100% Compost or 50/50% Topsoil and Compost??????? 
I am buying 15 yards of something this spring. Just not sure what is best for my purpose. 100% compost is available along with a 50/50 blend of compost …

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Tumbler contents are too wet. 
My compost tumbler has turned very wet. What do I add to absorb the liquid? lu I had a Similar Problem I have been testing a compost tumbler on …

Why Doesn't Super Hot Compost Starter Help Raise the Temperature in my Pile? 
My husband and I are new to the gardening and composting world. I'd saying we're doing fairly well with the gardening part, if you don't count the green …

Someone Else's Compost 
My husband and I bought a house with a compost bin. The house has been vacant for several months, but there is stuff in it from the previous owner. Should …

Does Mushroom Compost Serve the Same Function as Mycorrhizae 
Hello, and thank you for this wonderful resource. We are organic backyard growers in NE Melbourne, Australia. I googled "mycorrhiza and mushroom compost" …

Why Won't my Fall Leaves Based Compost Get Hot in My Compost Tumbler? 
I can't get hot compost going in my Compost Tumbler! My base is shredded fall leaves (oak&maple). I picked them up in a vac/bagger, so they are well-shredded. …

Compost too Alkaline from Fly Ash 
I bought some compost which I found out had a pH of 8.4! I rang the business and they said it was probably due to fly ash being added to the compost. The …

Diseased Apples (Scab) in Compost Bin 
Apple Scab - photo by Luke Milliron I am new to composting this year. I have been placing a variety of browns and greens in my bin, including kitchen …

Composting Paper - Is it Safe? 
I have a question about composting paper...You talk about using your shredded bills and cardboard in your compost pile. Do these processed papers contain …

Preschoolers Making Compost and Possible Herbicide Residues 
We are in the process of making our own compost. We have a straw bale donated to us. I'm concerned about our compost becoming a "killer compost" from …

Ammonia Smell 
i just started composting using a aerobin 400 added a layer of dried leaves, then a layer of active compost from home depot. have been adding chopped …

Starting a Raised Garden this Year - Leaf Compost Only??  
I am starting a "Raised Garden" for the first time this year about 4' x 12'... I have plenty of composted leaves, some from 4-5 years ago.. I collect leaves …

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