Willy Walker wrote: The second section will be where all my "stuff" goes in. I will let the chickens have access to this bin.
Willy Walker wrote:I will shovel from the first bin to the second bin every so often to give a good flip of things. I also think I will keep the chickens out of this bin as I don't want fresh poo in there and this is where the bugs can thrive
Willy Walker wrote: same with the third stage. I plan to isolate the bins by chicken wire or hardware cloth to allow micro organisms, bugs and air move about. I also plan to build a lid on the second and third.
Leila Rich wrote:
We get very few autumn leaves round here, as nearly all our native trees are evergreen. If I had access, I'd be stockpiling them all over the place!
Leila Rich wrote:We get very few autumn leaves round here, as nearly all our native trees are evergreen. If I had access, I'd be stockpiling them all over the place!
Willy Walker wrote:Do you keep your fallen pines? I am always looking for these as they would make great additions to blueberries and a few other bushes I have that perfer slightly more acid..
Ken Peavey wrote:
Board rot is a problem. Down here I've seen 3" thick lumber disintegrate in just a few short years when left in contact with moist compost. I have one compost heap contained on 3 sides with 9 pallets. I've tried a few methods of treating the boards, and found a solution that seems to help for me. I slather it with kitchen grease. I keep my bacon grease for cooking, but there is plenty of stuff I scrape out of my pans from hamburgers or spare ribs, or deep frying oil that I don't use in another dish. I keep an old brush on a handy nail, use it to slather this grease on the boards. It only takes a minute, but the wood is holding up well after 3 years. Mind you, I get a cat sniffing around over there now and then, and its not the best looking thing. Theory says this grease will decay through putrifaction and create a stink. I live out in the woods so a smell would not be an issue, but I don't notice a smell other than the first couple of days, and I think that is from the water content of the mess I slather on. I've only done about half of the pallets, stuff has been heaped up on the other side. The greased boards, while messy, have been protected somewhat from the moisture in the heap. There is a caveat: the greased side is also not usually piled up as high as the other side. It seems to be helping.