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Is it OK to put moldy fruits and vegetables in the compost heap?

Absolutely no worry at all. Moldy vegetables are already in the process of decomposition. Make sure you turn your compost regularly, moisten when necessary and add nitrogen. There used to be a kitty ...
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Is there a way to avoid the recurring cost of microbes when composting at home?

Why do you have to buy compost resources? Are you not able to make it yourself? You need greens and browns, microbes will enter the process for free. There are many posts about how to make compost, ...
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Is there a way to avoid the recurring cost of microbes when composting at home?

The way i was taught composting is, fence off a piece of soil, and just chuck stuff in. Nature will do the rest. Worms, bacteria, insects will do all the needed eating of biggies, sugars, etc.. and ...
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What can I use the removed moss from my lawn for?

Moss is just fine in your compost! Moss is one of the great opportunists in the plant world. Moss is not hurting your lawn. The presence of moss is telling us your lawn is not vigorous enough, you ...
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Do's and Don't's for a backyard compost?

I think in general, most people stick to using produce scraps, tea leaves and coffee grounds for their pile. There are a few concerns with other types of scraps: Some scraps will attract vermin (meat,...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

My personal experience is a bit different than what @Bamboo indicates, but I'm not trying to get there by adding kitchen scraps, either. Once upon a time I rented a chipper - it was an overall ...
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Is the moss harvested by jet washing my driveway a good soil?

I was just thinking about this a couple of days ago as I scooped up moss near my garden and replaced it with hemlock mulch. The moss is still alive, it's very hardy. Plus, it's home to untold ...
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Is this mushroom going to make my black radish taste weird or be poisonous?

No, it's not going to make your radishes inedible, toxic or taste funny. I agree they look like Coprinus of some variety, and Coprinus are edible, though I wouldn't recommend eating them without a ...
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Why is dumping kitchen waste (like peels of a potato) in a potted plant a bad idea?

If you can't have a compost heap, you can direct compost by digging down at least six inches into open ground, burying the kitchen scraps (not cooked food or meat), then covering back up with the soil....
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What can be done with hazelnut shells?

If you have enough, try using them for mulch on a pathway. They last a long time, are a durable mulch, and make a lovely sound. In the Northwest US you can actually purchase bags of hazelnut shells ...
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Is there a way to avoid the recurring cost of microbes when composting at home?

You don't need to purchase microbes in order to compost stuff (the purchased products look like they're just supposed to speed up the process). Microbes are naturally on the vegetable scraps you put ...
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Rat proofing compost bin but allowing worms in

30 cm is absolutely not deep enough to deter the rats. They easily dig that deep to get to food. Regular Chicken Wire is neither strong enough or is woven small enough to keep them out. Try to google "...
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How can I tell if my compost is ready

I agree with Organic's answer about the ratio of materials in a compost pile. The trouble is, you're adding stuff whenever you've got it, like most of us do, and most instructions for 'efficient' ...
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Accidentally added plastic to compost

I wouldn't worry about it - when you use the compost, if you see any bits of plastic, I'd pick them out, but it's not going to make your compost toxic or prevent the composting process from taking ...
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Garden Bin full of decomposed grass... is this compost? Can I apply it to the dead patches of my lawn?

It's not compost, it's anaerobic liquid sludge, likely with a very high excess nitrogen content which is presenting itself as a horrible ammonia smell. You've got two choices - you can either add lots ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

Dry leaves should be shredded first as otherwise they might form an impenetrable mat in your compost pile. If you don't have a shredder, it's easiest to just collect a pile of leaves and run the lawn ...
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What is this compost ingredient that looks like light colored pellets and crushes easily?

I think we are looking at wood pellets, the kind used for pellet stoves. I use these same pellets for horse bedding, they are wonderful. They are also used to compost solid sewage for those self ...
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Would turning the compost actually slow down compost decomposition?

I sort of agree with both the answers you've been given, but essentially, no, turning the compost pile does not slow down decomposition over time. It is perceived wisdom that turning a compost heap ...
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Rat proofing compost bin but allowing worms in

I've had rats living in my allotment compost bins for years; we try to ignore each other. My bin is made of pallets so is hard to make rat-proof. A plastic bin should be more secure, except for the ...
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How do I make compost?

There are many many resources on the internet but you seem to have the ingredients necessary to start the process. I would follow these basic steps (1) take some dry woody branches and lay them down ...
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How do I know vermi-compost is done?

How should it look like? It should look like very fine, dark-brown earth. And there should be no worm or very few in it: worms climb up your pile where fresh material is added. Usually, this is what ...
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Is cow dung really bad for potted houseplants? (There are videos in the question.)

First, cow dung doesn't have a very high level of nitrogen, specially compared to other forms of manure - the problem with fresh cow dung is a very high ammonia level, but if its dried in heat or sun, ...
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How to speed up composting of large amounts of leaves inside plastic bags?

The enemy of composting in winter is the cold temperature. Composting requires the correct temperature to allow the progression of bacteriae (psychrophilic, mesophilic, and then thermophilic) to ...
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Is this an acceptable way to use green waste on plants?

What "someone" told you is correct. Basically, you are giving unwanted visitors like slugs, snails, and rodents a free lunch with no benefit to your plants. The only benefit to the plants, ...
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New Compost for Beginner

Do I need to break/crush these down at all or is it okay to let them decompose on their own? It is perfectly okay to let them decompose on their own. Breaking the fruit down will accelerate the ...
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How can I tell if my compost is ready

It'll depend on your climate and on how warm/active your compost pile will get. For best results you should also ensure that you have the right ratio of greens and browns. Your composter or compost ...
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Why is dumping kitchen waste (like peels of a potato) in a potted plant a bad idea?

In addition to Bamboo's answer. General kitchen waste also decomposes rapidly and resulting in considerable heat production which can damage the root. It can also induce the proliferation of ...
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Plants that can live on raw chicken manure

One suggestion might be Couch grass. I make this suggestion for the following reasons: applying "hot" materials to anything with a light fibrous root system will have an enormous effect on the root ...
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What can be done with hazelnut shells?

Yes you can use them for composting, with good composting conditions (greens, browns, temperature, and moisture) they should be no problem for the micro-organisms responsible for composting. However, ...
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Is fertilizing a zero-sum endeavor?

You are missing the fact that air is just as vital as an "external input" as light and water. Plants process carbon dioxide from the air directly, and specialist bacteria also convert nitrogen to ...
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