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Author: Mthuy
Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 7:50 pm
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Hi fellow humanure composters. My family lives off the grid in Western Washington. We have a humanure compost bin. We empty our outhouse bucket into the bin. The problem that we are having is that the bin is full,and doesn't seem to be breaking down..at all. WE empty the bucket roughly once a week, put a layer of straw inbetween weekly poop loads. We are going to build a new box, but are concerned that the now full box is not breaking down. IS there any organic compost "speed?" to help the pile? Other important notes about the area we live...We have to have a lid on the bin, as we live on 20 acres, with plenty of curious dogs, coyotes, etc. and in the summer, flies.
If you folks have any suggestions, please post them. Thanks.

Author: admin
Friday, December 09, 2005 - 5:00 pm
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You probably don't need the layer of straw in between the deposits. Maybe you're bulking the pile up too much. If you have little activity at this time of year, it could just be too cold outside and you may have to wait until spring for warmer weather. If your bin is too full, start another and let the first one sit. Try not putting straw in between the deposits - you don't need it.

Joe Jenkins

Author: TCLynx
Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 8:23 pm
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How big is your bin and how long have you been adding to it? Have you checked the temp at all?

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