Skandi Rogers wrote:Keep all non herbivore poo separate with plenty of carbon to help it, but the other pile (kitchen waste, weeds, clipping etc etc) can contain anything, fresh weeds are absolutely fine. if you think they may contain seeds then you need to get the pile hot but if they are young weeds it really doesn't matter.
That's the best suggestion so far. When I lived in Puerto Rico, my grandparents did just that. They had a outhouse which they cleaned regular (trust me I know)and they would have a separate pile at first. Then I got the idea of why not make a big pit and instaed of having to clean out the outhouse, just make the pit like a big septic tank (bricks or rocks cemented together with no drainage). it was full of some type of worms. I remember throwing compost into it once in a while. I thought that it would help in the decomposing process. Never had to do anything else. The out house was moved on top. Since the whole thing was buried, grass grew on top of the cement roof". I would visit every year or so and the whole area was really wild growing. I am not sure if the composted poo was trasnferring nutrients or if the "worms" were but I believe it was the mycelium that transferred the nutrients to every one else! The other piles were normal with everything from animals hair, feathers, plants, kitchen waste you name it. We even had a big lawnmower type of grinder! The animal manure did not include our dogs or cats. I dont remeber having any other type of carnivorous animals.