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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Howdy all, Quick question....Is it ok to the put the ingredients from making bread into a compost bin? The yeast and flour, etc.... I ask because we bought a bread maker today and the first loaf didn't work out and there is still some raw ingredients in the mixture. Thanks, Craig
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I just moved to Texas at the end of May. We are about 20 mins south of Dallas and the soil here is unlike any I have ever seen before. It is black and hard as a rock when dry and slick and sticky as snot when wet. How do I prep this soil for next years garden? I don't realy want to use raised...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Greetings, There is a local "composting" facility that makes a product consisting of wood chips (complete with leaves) and sludge. This stuff is hot composted to 168+ degrees and turned once a day or so for I believe 7-14 days (it could be longer I forget what it is exactly). The resulting...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Have been using dead pond plants and grassy vegetation for compost and mulch in my garden. It seems to work pretty good. Just rake the edges of the pond. It also helps lower the biological oxygen demand in the pond, and thats good for the fish. Give it a whirl.
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm new to composting, so I thought I'd ask you guys. 1.) I recently found out that the foliage in one of my "brown" layers may have been killed with an industrial strength herbicide. Will this affect the resulting compost since it will be used in a vegetable garden? 2.) My animals like to...
  16. Urban Survival
    Do you plan to bug in ? In an urban area after shtf, what is your plan for disposing of garbage and human waste? (this assumes the water/sewer and garbage disposal services have stopped). I have given it some thought since we live on only a postage stamp sized piece of land have come up with...
  17. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Here's how to make a compost tumbler...bill of materials is here.
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm new to gardening...this summer will be my first attempt at it (wish me luck). I have a very large dog - a 165lbs great dane. He poops A LOT!!! Well, should I consider using his poop to feed my garden? He has a strict diet of high quality dog food...so good stuff goes in, and good stuff...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hi, Just wondering if anyone else here has had this problem. Where I live, west central Florida, turning the compost heaps happens even this time of year. First two this afternoon no problem, turned the third one and HOLY COW, the entire pile erupted with ants. Been composting for years...
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My son built me a compost bin yesterday and I have been busy trying to fill it up. I'm very happy with it. I also wanted to share a picture of my fall garden. I thought I would lose a bunch of plants to the artic front that swept through, but my plants seem to be thriving. However, I did...
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