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 Post subject: Starting compost
PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:33 am 
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I am starting a compost barrel. Should I put in some Black Kow maure to start it or just begin adding my yard waste and kitchen scraps?


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 Post subject: Re: Starting compost
PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 3:43 pm 
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Add yard waste, leaves, weeds, etc, and be sure you get some of that garden soil in there (not so much extra soil as simply using the soil that ends up with the weeds that you transport to your compost barrel). Soil will offer up the biological activity that helps to start it all cooking. Turn it, water it occasionally if needed.

I have a barrel that is not behaving well because I put in too much kitchen waste (very wet) and it's an anaerobic soup right now. It needs more dry stuff and to be turned (in other words, do as I say, not as I do!) The barrel for kitchen waste is to keep my dogs out of the main compost pile that is doing just fine, sans food the dogs would go in and eat.

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