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compost tea for lawn? Kitchen scraps in winter?

 
                                
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This site has been great for me being new to organics. I have a couple more questions if you can help.

I’ve read that the best compost tea for a lawn is a “slightly bacterial” mixture. A receipt example is  - 2 lbs worm compost, 2 oz molasses, 1 oz kelp.

Does this make sense?

I have kitchen cuttings and coffee grounds generated everyday. I add these to one of my compost (alternate piles) piles when my counter top container gets full. I live in CT and these piles will freeze in the winter.

What do I do with my kitchen cuttings in the winter?

Thanks
 
Joel Hollingsworth
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Letting the pile freeze sounds OK to me. Having enough cover material on hand that you don't have to break through frozen parts will help when adding to the pile. Lots of cover material piled on & around it as insulation, and maybe even growing some supplemental greens to maintain a generally larger pile, can keep things going through some very cold weather. Or you could use different methods through the winter.

One option is to take some sewer pipe, bury it vertically, and build a worm tower that is protected from frost. You may need to adapt the standard design to work better in the cold (less distance above ground vs. below; a very deep, insulated plug; maybe relying on native earthworms rather than compost worms; mulching very deeply around the pipe) or build it in a hoop house, but this article will give you the basic idea:

worm tower

Another would be to use a powdery cover material to pre-compost your material anaerobically indoors, harvesting some liquid and storing up a fair amount of solids over the winter. One commercial system is discussed in this thread:

Bokashi and Effective Microorganisms

Yet another option is to keep animals indoors, or in a sheltered environment. Between them, rabbits and chickens can handle a wide variety of scraps. Chickens and black soldier flies are another combination I've read good things about. Red wiggler worms are also popular, especially when space is limited.
 
Brenda Groth
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well cause i hate to trudge through deep snow to get to my compost pile i use a tumbler for the winter..MICHIGAN...however..i do generally sheet compost in situ in my garden rather than use a pile or a tumbler..as it works better for me to not waste the nutrients under the pile..but have them go right into my soil.

i use a mulching mower on my lawns rather than apply any fertilizers to them...i'm maybe a bit lazy..but my lawns are not made up entirely of grass anyway..they are a good deal of clover and yarllow and platain and dandilions..besides grassy products..and they basically were just mown over wild field areas between the beds on our property..although some lawn grasses were initially sown into some areas to stabilize the soil.

i'm not fussy about a weed free lawn so i'm not into fertilizing..just mulching mowers
 
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