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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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Making compost using regular soil or specific soil

I have a garden in my house and some open space which has normal earth where I plant some trees.. To make compost do I have to mix the biodegradable material with a specific kind of soil or can I use ...
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Mistake - should have used ericaceous compost

I repotted a camellia yesterday but used multi purpose compost by mistake. That compost is on the bottom, but I used rotted manure around the root ball. What should I do?
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Can I put aphid infested plants in the compost bin?

I have a few vegetable plants (kale, broccoli) that have been badly infested by aphids. I was wondering if I can remove those plants and put them in the compost bin or I should discard them some ...
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Can egg shells be put in the compost bin?

I am relatively new to composting and still have not figured out how to generate heat so for now it is mainly cold composting. I was wondering if it is a good idea to put egg shells in the compost bin ...
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How can I easily and cheaply turn dead tree waste into usable garden products?

We have a bunch of dead tree waste, both from a dead tree as well as trees dropping branches. I think they are mostly box-elder tree parts. Is there anything we can do in order to turn this into ...
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How can I break up drywall without damaging my soil?

I have heavy clay soil. I just discovered that drywall is compostable, and possibly good for certain types of soil (like heavy clay). I can break it into sufficiently small pieces with a hammer, but ...
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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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What to do with uprooted grass & earth?

Background: My husband and I bought a house last year with a couple of acres of land around it that haven't been maintained much recently, although there was obviously someone who did a lot of work on ...
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Add wood ash to compost heap

I've seen discussions on this site about adding wood ash directly to the vegetable plot. But I was wondering if it would be better to add it to my compost bin instead?
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Accidentally added plastic to compost

I'm new to composting, and about a week ago added cardboard packaging from freezer food (like an Eggo waffles box) - I shredded it up and mixed it into my compost bin. I've since learned that these ...
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Plants that can live on raw chicken manure

Are there any plants or trees that can live directly on soil that has fresh chicken manure?
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What is actively aerated compost tea?

I've read about compost, and compost tea, but now I've become aware of a newish solution on the block, namely actively aerated compost tea (ACT) versus the traditional non-aerated compost tea. What's ...
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Can I compost cat litter in a high temp tumbler?

We're buying an isolated composting tumbler that can maintain a composting batch above 150 for several weeks. Can I use this to compost spent cat litter (including poo) and then use the compost on ...
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What is the best way to compost a large pile of leaves with minimal effort?

Where we live you have to bag your leaves. We have about ¼ acre and lots of trees, so it's really impractical to bag all of those leaves. I was thinking of simply making a big pile and trying ...
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How can I safely keep snakes away from the compost in a community garden?

I managed a small community garden with a small orchard and farmland. Lately, there are snake sightings in one of my cold dead leaf compost (the snake is a juvenile Ptyas mucosus). Apparently, the ...
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Is it safe if there is a small amount of rubbish/debris in the compost?

Just as the title says, I am just wondering if it is fine there are some rubbish (e.g. plastic items, and very rarely metal parts and cigarettes) as well as some uncharacterized dirt. It is because ...
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What is this compost ingredient that looks like light colored pellets and crushes easily?

I and my colleague faced an unexpected problem during the mixing of a new compost ingredient today. We found an unexpected and unknown material left by a previous farm intern. We recognize the ...
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Do subterrannean termites like composted leaves?

I was thinking about composting leaves in my back yard this fall and using the composted leaves as fertilizer around my house in the spring based on other recommendations on this site. I am in ...
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Are all plant materials suitable for cold compost?

I commonly heard people saying oily or meat products should not be added to their compost, but I've rarely heard anything about plants in this regard. In particular, I would like to know the rules ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

I make compost in my backyard. I also buy fertilizers for vegetable and fruit plants from the big box stores. My question is really when to use compost vs. fertilizer? Can I eliminate the use of ...
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What to do when compost doesn't finish before it gets cold?

I'm new to composting and I'm noticing my compost still has eggshells and and a little bit of uncomposted, compostable bag material floating around. I have this 35 gallon composting unit: I had been ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

For the past year I have been piling up branches and limbs on a border of the yard and now it is about six feet high. I had wanted to experiment with a hugelkultur but the limbs are not very large and ...
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Is cow dung really bad for potted houseplants? (There are videos in the question.)

Disclaimer: This question might be off-topic or weird. This question is not to hurt anyone's feelings or to disrespect opinions and knowledge of any person or user here. I do remember asking this ...
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Can you compost paper towels?

Can newspaper and paper towels be composted? I ask because I am hoping to set up a composting system at my work place and we use a lot of paper towels. I have heard the bleach/chemicals in the ink or ...
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What are proper methods to remove ripe humus from pile

So assuming I have a ripen pile of humus, I'd now like to remove the humus but don't know if I should keep in mind any type of cautions and techniques. Some people have a proper door in the bin that ...
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How do I know vermi-compost is done?

So a friend of mine gifted me with a bucket of worms mixed with dirt and food. It was a living colony and I maintained it so, even growing properly. I've followed quite a few proper rules, also taking ...
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Why is dumping kitchen waste (like peels of a potato) in a potted plant a bad idea?

I've heard that dumping kitchen waste, like rinds of potatoes, cucumbers, gourds, onions, etc. is a bad idea. Why it is a bad idea? And if I dig that type of kitchen waste an inch or so in the soil ...
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Discouraging voles from entering my compost bin

I believe there are voles getting into my compost bin. I am not putting kitchen waste in the bin but no cooked food or meat. I can't prevent voles from getting into the compost bin, so my questions ...
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Is dead Hemerocallis folliage brown or green composting material?

I wish to start a hot compost pile. I have access to a huge supply of free brown material (wood chips from the city). I am looking for a source of green material and someone has offered me a trash ...
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Is it OK to put moldy fruits and vegetables in the compost heap?

One of my frequent sources of material in my compost heap (I'm just getting into it lately) is kitchen scraps. My wife, bless her, has good intentions for eating more fruits and vegetables, but iffy ...
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Can compost be used as mulch?

I have vegetables growing in raised beds. In response to another question I posted, someone recommended adding mulch. Can I use home made compost as mulch or would I need something purchased from a ...
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Why don't you want to put mint in a compost pile?

A video by UC Berkeley on YouTube said that you don't want to put mint in compost. Why not? He also said no Bermuda grass, but I know why this is the case, essentially due to one of their other videos....
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Do you recommend putting compost containing tomatoes onto potato plants?

For reasons unbeknownst to me one is not supposed to plant tomatoes and potatoes in close proximity to one another. But what about putting compost containing tomatoes onto potatoes or vice versa?
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Organic mulch as a compost substitute

For our minimal budget garden (in LA) we have been using the city's organic compost as a soil amendment. This compost is made from yard trimmings. It's mostly broken down, but there are small sticks ...
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Managing Temperatures in my compost bin

I have a 3ft x 3ft compost bin and have been putting garden and vegetable waste into the compost on a regular basis. I have also been turning the pile every week. I have started to measure the ...
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What is the proper way to inoculate a compost pile with things you can find in the woods?

I just built a compost pile on top of swamp dirt on the edge of the yard after digging up all the grass, and went into the woods to find dead rotted wood to inoculate the compost pile with, then piled ...
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Do you need to water a compost pile on the edge of a swamp?

I'm looking into building a compost pile, and was wondering if I need to water a compost pile if I put it on the edge of a creek.
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Does it make sense to mix dead fig leaves in my soil?

I garden in an "arid desert" zone, with almost no rain and little vegetation. We have a number of fig trees, which I recently cut back. I separated the leaves from the twigs. I've read that desert ...
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Is it feasible to compost small amounts of plant matter?

We live in a townhouse with a "backyard" that is 20ft x 15ft, with raised garden beds along 2 sides of the fence that extend out to 4ft. We grow the typical tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and a small ...
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Killing thick grass in flower bed by layering with plastic bags

after placing plastic bag over grass to kill it, can I leave bags down, put compost on top, then plant flowers or seeds in the compost?
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Creating Vegetable Mix Analog

I have quite a lot of potting mix and compost, but no unused topsoil or similar. I do, however, have access to a large quantity of used cocopeat blocks (they were used to grow Courgettes, and before ...
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How can I tell if my compost is ready

I just started composting a month back and have some basic questions. I have been putting garden and kitchen waste in my compost bin every week. I have been turning the pile every week to mix up the ...
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Is there a way to make "swamp coffee" with kitchen waste?

I've heard of compost tea from John Kohler, and have an excess of swamp water at home, but can't exactly transport much of it well to the community garden, so I was wondering if I could make "bog ...
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When can bokashi be considered "compost"?

Every now and then I come across an answer here that suggests "adding a bit of compost" to a plant - eg. for example to help it bounce back from an injury. I'm composting using a bokashi bin in my ...
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Can I create a fungi dominant compost tea by brewing it in lower pH water?

I have a lot of cheap compost available from my local landfill, but I would like to create a fungi dominated compost tea to apply to my perennials. Is it possible to create such a tea by using a lower ...
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How do I make compost?

I have dried leaves, tons of dirt (seriously), and dead grass. How do I make compost? I have tried to decompose the dry grass clippings and the leaves, but that did not work. I also researched this ...
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What leaves should I feed worms?

I know that in real life worms will eat both fresh and dry leaves at night or when it rains. I am not putting earthworms in the soil yet but I will soon. I am trying earthworms and mix of old and ...
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What useful things can I use shredded branches for?

I will be carrying out some heavy pruning of some over grown trees (mixture of deciduous, fruit and a few conifers) over the next few months. I am already planning to save some of the thicker, ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

I just started composting. In addition to putting lawn clippings, kitchen waste and dry leaves what else can I put in? Is it okay to put branches of trees (fruit, olive, etc) in the compost?
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Is this mushroom going to make my black radish taste weird or be poisonous?

It is still cold nowadays (mid-April) in east-France, so I started my vegetables inside a winter garden. I planted some tomatoes seeds in a large pot of mine, which I had previously filled with ...

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