- Dec 10, 2017
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What are the Best Food for my Compost Bin.Is it ok to put onion peels to throw in compost bin?
I actually started composting before I started gardening, because I hated seeing food in my trash, albeit it was only food scraps, since I have this thing about not allowing food to go to waste...something about being lectured when I was very young about starving children around the world...Ground eggshells, ground oatmeal, .. all your potato peelings, onion skins of course. But no muscaris as they will only stare at you the following year, no avocado seed either as they will grow in your compost. And, if you can, shred them or cut your kitchen waste into small pieces or grind them into powder or paste. This will speed up the process and the worms will love you for that! Try using a smaller compost bin so that it can be turned easily.
How thick was the layer of saw dust?I am a beginning composter so take this with a grain of salt but... I wouldn't suggest putting a lot woody stuff into your compost. It will take much longer to break down than other things. If you do put it in they are right about shredding it first.
And please do not put sawdust or shavings from a jointer/planer in it. Waste from lumber will take a very, very long time to break down. I started dumping my planer shavings around my apple tree and several years later those shavings are still there and haven't broken down at all. They kept the weeds down though.
Yes, we are talking about two different things. I'm not sure how shaving would work as a mulch, but probably not as bad as saw dust. One way to tell is to dig into the soil and smell it, if the mulch is creating a barrier the smell will be awful, because the anaerobic process starts when this (air locked out) happens.I never measured the depth of the shavings but I would say it's about an inch or two deep. Deep enough that my feet sink into it when I walk over it.
It's possible that we are talking about slightly different things. Shavings from a planer are sort of like paper thin wood chips. Sawdust from a circular saw blade is going to be a bit finer. Sanding dust is even finer. What I've dumped on the apple tree is mostly planer shavings.
I read both of those articles (thank you for that, by the way). That got me worried because I used bark dust/bark mulch on a significant amount of my garden as mulch. My parents suggested it. I have a feeling that stuff won't break down for a long time. I may try to scrape some of it out.
I read in a couple of books that the best way to deal with woody stuff is to create a separate compost pile for it. The woody stuff will eventually break down but very slowly.Yes, we are talking about two different things. I'm not sure how shaving would work as a mulch, but probably not as bad as saw dust. One way to tell is to dig into the soil and smell it, if the mulch is creating a barrier the smell will be awful, because the anaerobic process starts when this (air locked out) happens.
As for using bark, yes it makes a pretty mulch bed, but it's not great for the soil; I'd recommend just using yardwaste, i.e. leaves and stuff as a mulch. You don't need to throw away the bark, just spread it around.
It depends on what type of wood you're talking about. Things like black walnut have a chemical called juglone, which can kill various plants, such as tomatoes, but I think the effects of this stuff is over-stated, it does breakdown, see here: http://confessionsofacomposter.blogspot.com/2013/03/could-black-walnut-leaves-ruin-your.htmlI read in a couple of books that the best way to deal with woody stuff is to create a separate compost pile for it. The woody stuff will eventually break down but very slowly.
Yeah, the bark dust mulch on the garden was a bad idea. I eventually switched to shredded leaves. I intend to use dried out lawn mower clippings for mulch in the summer.
You're probably right, I thought I heard that it was also in the wood and you should not use it as a mulch, but if I did hear it, I wouldn't doubt that it's a MYTH.I don't think the juglone occurs in the wood of the black walnut tree. Though it does come in the leaves, bark, and fruit/nuts. I am prepared to be wrong about this.
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