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Compost is organic material which has undergone decomposition by microorganisms and is used as a soil amendment.

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Acer Beni Maiko potting soil

Hi I am new to gardening and have bought myself an Acer Beni Maiko tree. I have repottd it when I got home. I have been reading that they prefer slightly acidic soil. I have potted it in Westlands ...
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Sequoia needles as mulch or compost

I live in Portland, OR and I have a 100+ ft sequoia in my back yard. Keeping up with the falling needles/leaves is a year-round project. I've often wondered if they would make good compost. And ...
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does steam kills weed seeds in compost

I have some compost material from a group of homes, if I wanted to sell them to organic farmers, will steam treating them kill all the weed seeds inside it?
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What are these bugs? And how can I restore a healthy compost?

I have a ventilated outdoor compost bin, primarily for food scraps. Until recently, it was a diverse ecosystem that produced good compost. About a month ago, it turned into a mono-culture of these ...
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Wood ash + forest soil or leaf compost + legumes. Is this the perfect soil?

I am wondering if you can get all the necessary nutrients a plant needs my mixing wood ash with forest soil or leaf compost and growing legumes on top of it (and on top of that your actual plant you ...
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Should I mulch my neighbors' leaves?

My neighborhood is 40 years old. I'm planning to only compost my backyard trees leaves. My front yard has a huge maple infected with scale and aphids, and has iron deficiency. The aphids suck moisture ...
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What is the carbon content of tree seeds and would they be suitable to balance nitrogen rich compost?

On top of my garage was a full 2 inches of densely composted material that I presume has built up over many years. Right above the garage are 2 trees that seem to shed hundreds of thousands of tiny ...
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What is this disease attacking the leaves of most of my plants?

more than half of my plants (total about 100, from a wide variety of plant families, all on a large balcony) are affected stems, roots, flowers and fruit show weak growth but no direct sign of the ...
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Composting camphor leaves?

I have been reading at various sites online that it is bad to compost camphor leaves because camphor is mildly allelopathic, specifically, inhibiting seed germination. I also see some other people ...
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How long do leaves remain "green" for compost material after cutting a tree?

I am planning to clear some trees from my property to make room for a garden. I would like to chip/shred the branches to be used as mulch and compost material. According to the Back to Eden ...
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Galvanised fire bins and ash?

I bought a new galvanised fire bin and burnt a shed load of garden waste ...just leaves and branches. I want to use the ash in the compost when preparing my raised beds but I'm worried about the ...
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what happens to uncovered Bokashi waste?

Usually Bokashi waste is advised to be buried. But we know rats are not attracted to the Bokashi waste. So what is the real reason for burying this waste. What happens if Bokashi waste is not buried? ...
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Simplest grass seed mulch options: Nothing vs Paper vs Ground Wheat vs Ground Oats

I am growing Kentucky bluegrass on deep topsoil in Minnesota and found that the grass punches through mostly in spots covered by a thin shredded-paper mulch that I applied (since I applied the paper ...
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Growing plant in a composting terrarium

I was thinking about throwing compostable rubbish into a jar and growing a plant in it while the jar lead is closed as a terrarium before the composting proceeds—and then leave it as it is. I am not ...
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Can anyone identify producer of this rotary sieve?

I am trying to find the producer of this rotary sieve (image found on now defunct hotbin blog). It is mentioned that it is a Belgian, but not more than that. I'd be also happy with pointers to ...
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Is submerged composting of meat practical?

The list of no-no composting is Meat Fish Poultry Cheese Oily foods Butter Dairy products Other animal products Can I drop them inside water for being composted and yet feel safe from smell and rats?...
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Is it safe to use yuca/cassava skins in my compost

A whole bunch of cassava root has made its way into my house and now I have a whole bunch of cassava rinds, about a kilo or so, which I chucked into my compost bin (A trashcan full of holes) to start ...
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Why is table salt evil?

In history class they teach the military strategy Scorched Earth: "burn the villages and forests, salt the fields, come back next year to fight a starving enemy". What is the chemical ...
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Ammonia smell in compost

I've got a pile of hot compost going which consists primarily of: Straw (about 75% by volume) Kitchen Scraps Rabbit Manure Fall leaves and grass clippings At the moment it's giving off a pretty ...
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Garden Bin full of decomposed grass... is this compost? Can I apply it to the dead patches of my lawn?

Disclaimer: I am a complete beginner to gardening and have no idea what I'm doing. I have a garden bin full of decomposed grass from the former property owner. Is this basically compost? Can I apply ...
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Does composting spearmint contaminate lower temp compost piles?

I heard that you should NEVER compost mint, because it will contaminate where you put the dirt with a lot of new mint plants. Is this the same if you compost spearmint? Note to the masochist: I want ...
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Does adding large amounts of compost permanently decrease soil drainage?

Composting all my kitchen scraps in buckets ~20L results in: large amount of compost compared to the amount of soil on the balcony (say 60L compost/year versus 200L of soil) low temperature ...
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Does nitrogen-rich material become carbon-rich after drying?

So my compost is very nitrogen-rich since my yard is mostly lawn and grass clippings are nitrogen-heavy. I read that hay, on the other hand, is carbon-rich. Since hay is just grass dried in the sun, ...
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Compost won't heat up

I bought a composting bin with thermal-insulated walls, mainly for composting kitchen waste: https://postimg.cc/k2XFsKv3 However according to it's thermometer, temperature never raises over ~20 ...
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Does a defunct anthill make good compost?

So, there was this defunct anthill at the summer cottage, that I decided to turn into a vegetable patch. After the fact, I'm wondering how good compost the stuff really was. So, what sort of compost ...
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Are gnats or small flies common around compost piles?

I am new to composting and started my first pile a few weeks ago. I've only put the following things in the pile: Yard waste - grass clippings from mowing, clippings from my garden, clippings from ...
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My home made compost produces leachate which smells a bit and is mixed with soil underneath, can i use that soil?

I've used a plastic bin with several holes done into it as a composting container. The content are all veggies and fruit leftover. The compost gives out excess water (called leachate / compost tea). ...
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How much nitrogen per bale in a straw bale garden?

I recently read a NY Times article about straw bale gardening. It says that you should add about 2 1/2 cups of 20% N fertilizer or three pounds of blood meal and feather meal per bale. Add water, wait ...
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Should I put more soil / compost to cover bottom of cherry blossom tree?

I just planted this Yoshino cherry tree late last year. But I have been wondering if I didn't bury it deep enough. Should I pile up more compost around the trunk where the red line is?
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New home yellow and patchy lawn from animals

If I thatch and aerate my lawn add some compost and seed will it help prevent this? should I add tons of seed or tougher grass?
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Suggestion for cheap and efficient way to shred compost ingredient?

Everyone who has done composting would probably agree small particle size of compost ingredients is essential for quicker composting. Is there any way to shred compost ingredients without using ...
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Compost for beginners

I generally use grass cuttings and vegetable waste. When material is added should it be gently compressed or just left as it had been added
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Are rat droppings safe to compost?

We have indoor rats as pets, and are interested in using the used bedding as compost (as there's a reasonable amount of it). The bedding itself reckons it makes good compost, but we're unsure about ...
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Using old soil with lying of new turf

I am building up my lawn as current one was messy and home to rice and rats crossing from the neighbour with the help of some videos here, here and I have taken out some old turf and still in process. ...
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Compost from wood chips

Last year I had 3 pine trees cut down in my yard due to safety concerns during inclement weather. These trees were healthy and disease free. After grinding the stumps I had piled the remaining wood ...
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Is this growing medium good for compost?

This straw-like growing medium was used to grow dhingri (oyster) mushroom. However, due to climate getting hotter here, the mushroom died, and now I am thinking if this medium is suitable for compost ...
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Should I be burning evergreen trimmings?

I live in bucolic neighbourhood outside of town. Around here, when we trim evergreens we make a fire and burn them. It gives off a lot of smoke. Is this the best approach to deal with these? Should I ...
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Are dead mice by my compost heap a sign of trouble?

I have a compost heap at the back of my property, probably 30-40 feet away from the house. It's one of those simple "circle of chicken wire on bare earth" ones, with most of the material ...
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Composting pineapple crowns, corn sheath and kernel

Do these take a long time to compost, if so is there some way to speed up the process. Or should I leave them out of the compost bin altogether?
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joint sand as rock dust for compost

This year I'm trying to improve my compost by adding rock dust. I'm having some left over joint sand (meant for plaster joints) and would like to know if this would work too.
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How do I deter the honey-bees from my compost bin?

I have two composting bins on the terrace beside my terrace garden (TG). A couple of days back I saw a swarm of honey bees near my TG, and from yesterday or so I am seeing that there are a couple of ...
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Terrace garden plants are slowly getting sick

I live in Pune, India and I am new to terrace gardening. I have no knowledge in this field. I bought Marigold, Catharanthus, and Zinnia (name not sure) from nursery. I made pot mix myself of 30% soil, ...
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Can you bleach human poop to use as fertilizer?

I was thinking about how in The Martian the astronaut used the crew members poop to fertilize the soil and grow potatoes and decided to learn more about that. I read, though, that unprocessed human ...
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Huge Ammonia in compost danger?

Is it safe to use a sealed container to compost the raw chicken manure? Because as far as I know, these nitrogen-rich materials generate huge ammonia when decomposing. If I use a sealed compost bin it ...
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Can I put orange or other citrus peel on the compost pile?

I have heard from a friend that orange and in general citrus peel should not be put to the compost pile. This is due to the artificial ripening agents added to them. If this really the case what is ...
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Should a compost bin have a roof?

I am building a compost bin and it will be built right on the ground. But is it better with or without a roof? and why? Also does the location change the answer? Lot of rain, snow, etc Thanks
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Free movement of worms vs siloed containment

Is there a benefit to free range worms over battery worms? i.e. At present my worms live inside a couple of bins (one inside the other, with small holes for aeration and drainage, whilst keeping the ...
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Is this an acceptable way to use green waste on plants?

From what I've read online, it looks like I'm not composting correctly. I don't have much space in my backyard so there's no space for a compost bin/pile. Instead, I've been putting scraps of food at ...
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Should the first bin of a 3 bin compost system be bigger than the other two?

Should the first bin (ie the one you put the fresh stuff in) of a 3 bin be bigger than the second? And similarly should the second bin be bigger than the third, due to the fact that volume will ...
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Front yard shrubs need a boost

I come over from New Zealand once a year and get the family garden sorted. This year I haven't been able to arrive any earlier because of Covid-19. So we are in the middle of summer and the garden ...

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