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  1. The importance of Compost.

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Its been a long while...ish. But with spring right around the corner I thought I would write a bit about the importance of compost and different methods and tools for making great compost quickly. Compost in its simplest description is a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter...
  2. DIY seed starting/potting mixes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the years, I've read threads discussing questions and problems with different brands of seed starting mix and potting mixes. But I haven't seen much on mixes made at home or DIY recipes. The pros & cons of such mixes. After much searching for mixes bulk for my future plans, or the lack...
  3. My "free" retirement account/peak oil prep- natural and other resources

    Financial Forum
    This is my plan I thought I would share with anyone who can use it.. Background: I'm in my mid 20s and have 12 acres of potentially farm-able land, a truck and live in a rural/suburban area of mixed demographics.... Used to do the scrap metal game back when gas was high and metals were high...
  4. Two Bits Garden Adventures

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Uggh! My garden space is awful, really. I never put the tomato cages away, the trellis I built for beans and birdhouse gourds is still hanging with old vines. Corn fodder, tomato vines, sweet potatoes hills, Oh my! :o: My troy tiller blew up and it just took the wind out of my sails, so to...
  5. Tilth of the soil

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Everybody is excited because the 2014 garden season is just right around the corner. Some sooner, but for me, latter, we are still expecting snow and cold temperatures. Maybe, if the groundhog predicts an early spring, we can expect to get the soil ready for the first plants or slips by the...
  6. Maggots in my compost

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Is this a real problem? Besides annoying flys. I have the pile a few hundred yards away from my home. I know there is some sort of insect like a mite that eats upon fly maggots. totally forgot the name of them.
  7. Biosolids Compost

    General Discussion
    I wrote a blog post yesterday about aerating my lawn and top dressing with compost. Soil Compaction Aeration and Top Dressing With Compost for Great Lawns Anyway, a reader wrote a blog comment about using biosolids compost (sewage sludge.) Biosolid compost is the compost made from wastewater...
  8. Chicken Manure and Compost

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I've just started my first compost pile, and had a question. Everything I've read mentions using green for nitrogen and brown for carbon. Well, right now I've got tons of brown, but not much green. Much of my compost, however, includes bedding I've cleaned out of the chicken coop. Will the...
  9. Compost accelerator

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Does anyone have a recipe to make an accelerator? Does anybody have a commercial product they would reccomend? The "composting season" (i.e. the period when the temperature allows bacterial activity) is short where I live, so I'm going to try something to speed-up the process.
  10. compost in the garden

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Is it better to put the mushroom soil in the garden in the fall after harvest or in the spring before planting, or does it even matter?
  11. Composting with Cardboard

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading I've been meaning to start a blog about gardening and stuff. I finally got around to it. Here's my first post - on making a compost pile out of cardboard. Still working on the name for the blog. Here's the post, though the pictures didn't show here.
  12. Varying matter for compost, is it safe?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I figured this was a no-brainer for an experienced gardener, but among other things like cardboard and paper, is dog feces safe for usage in a compost heap? Didn't know if there was perhaps any bacteria/viruses/whatever that wouldn't be broken down or that may be taken into the plants that could...
  13. Strange mass on my compost pile.

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I just noticed a glob on my compost pile.At first glance it appeared to be spray foam insulation,which really confused me as I haven't reached my optimum caffeine level yet. The glob is about two and a half inches long, an inch and a half wide, and dark yellow in color.It seems to be comprised...
  14. Using newspapers, cardboard, and white paper as mulch...

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I invited a family from church over for dinner a few days ago, and when I showed them my garden the wife gave me a pretty good tip. She told me that for years and years she's always just covered her garden with wet newspapers and then covered that with mulch (grass clippings mostly) and that it...
  15. BBQ Ashes? Good For Compost?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    So, I guess thats as basic a Question that I can ask. Should I be putting the Ashes from my BBQ into my Compost Bin? This is my first Year taking Gardening seriously, and I have learned so much here. Just like to hear some info on how others have gotten along with adding BBQ Ashes to their...
  16. Need Some Advice on Compost...

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hey everyone. So, I know very little about farming, gardening and compost. I am currently trying to build a vegetable garden at home but that's not really relevant to the question I have. :-) The company I work for sells DoD surplus. Currently we are selling 500 cubic yards of Class A...
  17. Whats in your compost pile?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    just for fun, lets see the diverse things we throw into our compost or use as deliberate additions to enrich it. mine are in covered trash cans in the back of the tool shed, have to keep it hidden since neighbors expressed concern when I told them I was starting a compost pile. I think she...
  18. Homefire's Garden 2011

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have gardened for a few years now, done raised beds, pots, as well as 2 years of a strictly container garden. Last year I started a new plot. I had some issues due to shade and some heavy clay. But this year two large trees had to come down due to storm damage, this is going to help with the...
  19. Worms in compost--lost

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This is my 100 post! Fills like I made a milestone. Started a double layed compost pile in plastic containers. Doing really well and steamy. Composting well. Added about 20 worms a few weeks ago. 3 days ago, worms were all there, can't find them today. Don't think there is a way for them...
  20. Heating the house with compost - Brainstorm ideas!

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    There was a link in another thread about a guy running showers that used hot water produced from compost decomposition. This water would get up to 160 degrees and would last a good while (as much water as was in 100' of 3/4" hose) and would then run at 90 degrees there after. I don't know...