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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This season's fallen leaves will be my 1st attempt at hot composting... only because... I now have lots and lots of coffee grounds from the gas station to work with. I got a coffee ground supply up the WAZOO!!! I'm using 6 shipping pallets as the bin. I've got my supply of leaves from 4 Maple...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Greetings, I want to start making a larger volume of organic compost and am trying to figure out some sources for the material other than that which is available from my own house. I have access to the output of one cow's manure (which is actually quite considerable!) I get about 30-40Lbs of...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    It's that time of year, and I've got 3 massive Maple Trees about to lose their leaves. My shipping pallet compost bin is ready and waiting... Shredding the leaves is better than whole leaves. Here's the challenge... using HAND TOOLS ONLY... How? No gas or electric devices allowed. The reason...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A long time ago I heard this guy on the radio say you should not compost with pine straw. He said something about an acid in the pine straw was not good for other plants. I am wondering if anyone adds pine straw to their compost bin? This coming weekend I need to start a compost bin. I have...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A series of videos I found on youtube showing humanure compost bins & toilet boxes built around the five gallon collection buckets. I plan to experiment with this in the future. The basic idea is that instead of using a flush toilet you do your business in a five gallon bucket and cover it...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Making a composting barrel vid Here is a breakdown on the Cost barrel $15.99 wood for frame $15.50 (total wood cost) frence pole $6.50 each Hinges $2.70 each barrel bolt $4.75 each Total cost was a little less than $50
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Does anybody on here do composting? If so any suggestions for starting out?
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