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Compost Pile question.

We rent an apartment and would like to start a compost pile. Our yard backs up to some woods. I don't want to buy an expensive metal bin- just something simple. What worked for you? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you:)

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Asked by bloomsr at 10:26 PM on Apr. 20, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • You DONT want a metal bin you want plastic. Metal corrodes and rusts from the composting. You can use anything you like. Even a garbage can with a tight fitting lid. You need to be able to roll it over or dump up and down to turn it.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:27 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • go with plastic, not metal. You can use any large plastic container, or barrel. Or get some wood and build a box with a bottom trap door with hinges that open up to let you remove compost from the bottom. Google compost bin plans woodwork.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:28 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • definetely plastic.

    Answer by sodapple at 11:00 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • honestly you don't have to buy a darn thing! The only thing you NEED to do is sort through it and not put anything in there that would make it smell terrible and attract animals. Stuff like orange peels, paper, carrot skins would be GREAT! Also, you want to make sure that you have it wide enough and high enough to keep the heat in, that's how it starts to break down. Adding some dirt to it will help too! Just make sure you rotate it once a week to get it to break down faster!

    Answer by kbishop8688 at 11:32 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • We have a little area where we just toss stuff to be honest with you. We had a bin given to us and in my opinion it's crap and only meant for the stuff that is bigger and takes forever to decompose. We started tossing stuff in an area and it decomposed (mind you a watermelon skin doesn't do it quickly), but we took a pitch for and sifted through it to get the good stuff. Our plants grow FANTASTIC. You can also buy chicken wire to just make sure it stays there, make it in a circular shape tape it together or something and that works great too. After all, you do want air to get to it. If it starts to stink you have 1 of a few problems, the stuff you are putting in it shouldn't go there, it's not hot enough so you want to make it a little smaller OR it's not getting enough air! Hope this helped, if you want to ask anymore questions shoot me a message (I love this stuff)!

    Answer by kbishop8688 at 11:35 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • don't have one

    Answer by Kainalu55 at 4:08 AM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • definetely plastic.

    Answer by RACINGMANIA at 9:28 AM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • we have a compost bucket by our kitchen sink with composting bags in it. The bags break down with the compost. We live in the country so we just have our own composting pile outside. No barrels or anything. i'd suggest just a plastic barrel that is small enough you can roll it or stir the compost in. You could even cut a hatch in the side and put it on a metal rod and turn it like a spit.

    Answer by daerca574 at 11:04 AM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • We just have an area behind the bushes that line our backyard fence that we toss everything.

    Answer by Laura1427 at 12:09 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Just put things in a pile and add some dirt when you get a nice layer. Some bagged fertilizer sprinkled over is also good. Don't put in any meat products or anything salted. A rule I've heard that if it putrefies (would get maggots, draw rats) don't put it in. Vegetable and fruit peels and seeds are fine, grass and leaves.

    Answer by Bmat at 2:24 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

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