compost

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:32 am

Do you live in or near a city that cleans up leaves in the fall? Find out what happens to those leaves. I found tons of leaves stacked and about 80% composted. The city was tickled to get rid of them. $10 a truck or trailer (any size) load and they have a 3 yard loader. These leaves were wet and nicely compact. I would guess about 1/2 ton per pick-up load. What a deal!

Re: compost

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:43 am

They got the same deal here in Ann Arbor MI. But you have to live in Ann Arbor to get it. I have gotten a few loads for my sister who lives there.

Billy

Re: compost

Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:47 am

My town does that too. I also have a horse stable nearby and they dump a mountain of wood shavings and manure outside every year. Last year I had ten loads of compost hauled over here of well-rotted material. Not much nitrogen in the manure as the wood shavings consume the nitrogen in the manure when they decompose. Leaves have next to nothing but they sure help a heavy clay soil.

I have my own compost pile. All food scraps, and yard and garden waste go in plus my wood ashes. Meat scraps go the the crows and with the recycling, we barely have one grocery bag of trash per week. There was a thread Cecil started about loaders. I sure like mine for turning over the compost pile.

Re: compost

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:21 am

Bob funny you should say that. My grandpa dumped a few piles of wood chips in grandma's big garden one year :oops: Not even the weed would grow :!: He had us out there raking them out. But it was still a few years before it would grow good again. While I know now what happened I wonder if Grandpa ever figured it out :?:

Billy

Re: compost

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:29 am

If they were oak or pine they would have been fairly acid too.

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Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:02 pm

I just bought two important things for my compost pile, 1 a book called compost -the natural way to make food for your garden(real cheap on ebay) and 2 a troybilt mulcher with about an 8hp motor on it that really looks like a hammer mill all metal. i figure i'll get a jump on the breaking down of what ever goes into the bins. i also took the course offered by the county extension agency a few years back to become a MASTER COMPOSTER . :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: compost

Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:11 am

If your planting organic dont use them...

Re: compost

Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:56 pm

VAcub wrote:If your planting organic dont use them...

The book or the mulcher? and why?