General Composting Issues

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New-no sawdust so what to use 13 March 28 - 2:41 pm
By Burcu
Need Grinder/Sifter to make cover material 4 March 02 - 2:41 pm
By Rman
Poor compost 9 March 02 - 1:08 pm
By Rman
Sawdust not decomposing 8 December 07 - 5:32 pm
By Utopian
Compost Bin Starter 4 October 04 - 7:10 am
By Ecointerest
Start volume 2 July 11 - 9:46 am
By Ecointerest
First Compost Bin Materials 4 June 11 - 10:11 pm
By Rman
Car-Tire Compost bin for humanure 3 February 06 - 6:52 am
By Ecointerest
Rain Barrel 5 February 05 - 10:59 pm
By Rman
Flies in bucket toilet! HELP! 4 February 05 - 6:44 pm
By Kahakura
Centipedes! 2 December 24 - 8:15 pm
By Ecointerest
Lid or no lid for buckets? 7 July 31 - 9:15 pm
By Clejan
Supercharging compost 2 July 21 - 9:48 pm
By Rman
Can I Use Plastic Compost Bin? 27 June 27 - 5:01 pm
By Ecointerest
Distance of Humanure Compost from Water Body 3 June 15 - 8:45 am
By Potameid
Tips for Decorating Small Spaces 1 May 29 - 12:22 am
By Helgajones
Warmer weather 6 May 11 - 1:09 pm
By Rman
Size matters 1 April 28 - 7:50 am
By Rman
Composting pine chips 5 April 11 - 8:31 am
By Rman
Finding sawdust 2 March 08 - 4:21 pm
By Rman
Winter Maintenence and Tips... 4 March 07 - 11:15 pm
By Rman
Feminine hygiene products 6 February 19 - 5:19 pm
By Ecointerest
7 Years Perfect with Sawdust but Peat Moss FAILURE! 3 February 02 - 12:26 pm
By Joe
Vegan humanure 4 January 24 - 10:02 am
By Rman
Weirdest Carbon 2 January 24 - 9:59 am
By Rman
How much to pay for sawdust? 5 December 22 - 6:38 am
By Ecointerest
New compost pile 3 December 07 - 10:25 pm
By Rman
Master Composter Certification 5 November 12 - 6:35 am
By Osei1ant
Kitchen scraps 1 October 25 - 8:37 pm
By Rman
Also having issues with fresh douglas fir sawdust - resists rotting 3 October 25 - 1:15 pm
By Rman
Kitchen scraps 1 October 08 - 8:24 am
By Rman
Vermicomposting effectiveness on human parasites? 3 September 23 - 3:33 pm
By Ecointerest
Harvesting and Noticing Moisture and Compaction Issues 2 September 21 - 5:10 pm
By Ecointerest
Rapid sanitizing of humanure? 3 September 11 - 10:09 pm
By Rman
Bears/ other Wildlife and Compost 8 September 11 - 1:08 pm
By Ecointerest
Biobag in compost heap or trash afterwards? 15 September 08 - 4:28 am
By Ecointerest
Thermometer depth 13 September 08 - 1:11 am
By Rman
Non-Toxic Stain/Protectant on Pallets for Compost Bin? 4 September 06 - 9:19 pm
By Wawazat
Consistent Failure at Thermophilic Composting :-( 18 September 06 - 7:37 pm
By Rman
Plastic home depot compost bin 4 August 30 - 6:42 pm
By E0richt
Why is the temperature of our compost bin staying around 73 degrees F.? 25 August 05 - 9:44 pm
By Rman
Has anyone run into legal trouble? 7 August 01 - 8:48 am
By Rman
Anaerobic composting?? 7 August 01 - 5:52 am
By Ecointerest
Biochar in compost bins? 22 July 30 - 11:55 pm
By Rman
Cover Material (Dirt?) 13 July 30 - 11:30 pm
By Rman
Chopped paper and enzymes 2 July 30 - 10:36 pm
By Rman
Critical mass 3 July 30 - 10:26 pm
By Rman
Curious. 5 July 28 - 8:21 pm
By Rman
Fly control? 4 July 27 - 12:36 pm
By Muddy
Transportation of compostables 3 July 22 - 1:54 pm
By Rman
Problem With Acidity 4 July 21 - 8:25 am
By Rman
Frozen compost 6 July 21 - 8:18 am
By Rman
Compost scale planning data 8 July 09 - 10:26 am
By Rman
Thermophillic Bacteria, Composting Stages, and the Sanitization of Compost Joe Jenkins 1 June 29 - 12:13 pm
By Joe
Risk of attracting and breeding termites and other wood eating creatures in your compost 4 May 18 - 4:56 pm
By 3redgeraniums
Large Scale Composting Toilets 7 May 04 - 10:55 am
By Hamish
How big a bin? 22 May 03 - 9:03 am
By Joe
Antibiotics in Compost 2 May 01 - 8:17 pm
By Verdaharbour
Snakes in my hot humanure pile 4 May 01 - 4:50 pm
By Pahinh
Sawdust Usage 4 April 06 - 5:47 pm
By 3redgeraniums
Composting Beer Byproducts 5 February 22 - 3:42 pm
By Joe
Ww 3 February 19 - 11:50 am
By Joe
Hawaii please help 14 February 18 - 11:24 am
By Demeter
Uses of straw etc in pile? 2 January 28 - 12:07 pm
By Joe
Wheelie Bins in cool wet location (Seattle) 7 January 13 - 3:32 am
By Nokomis
Kitchen scraps 9 December 08 - 11:40 pm
By Chemo
New- various issues 21 October 18 - 10:34 pm
By Bronko
Felinure- 3 year compost? 4 October 01 - 9:11 am
By Bronko
Yet another "can't get it too compost" thread 39 September 03 - 5:12 pm
By Billy_thr_krik
Greens and browns 2 August 04 - 1:12 am
By Ecointerest
Make your own saw dust? (during times of Disaster) 5 August 03 - 12:35 am
By Morpho
Chemo Drugs in Pile + Smoking Plants Grown in H 2 June 17 - 6:01 pm
By Joe
Humanure Smiley emotion icon free for all 4 June 15 - 5:02 pm
By Local_living_venture
Combining old humanure piles 3 May 16 - 1:06 am
By Joe
Raccoon trouble 2 May 12 - 10:53 am
By Joe
Proximity of food plants to humanure compost pile 7 April 09 - 9:56 am
By Joe
Obtaining 5-gallon buckets with covers 11 April 09 - 1:49 am
By Chemo
Building a composting toilet in a bus 10 March 19 - 10:39 pm
By Joe
IS THIS CONSIDERED BIOCHAR? 7 March 18 - 10:18 pm
By Ken
No property to dump compost 3 March 03 - 5:53 am
By Lnc_morrison
Maggots in the bucket??? 10 November 13 - 1:43 pm
By Test2
2 years and still no rotting 6 September 19 - 3:21 pm
By Joe
"Family Cloth"? 11 September 12 - 1:58 pm
By Knothead
Compost Pile Too Hot? 4 August 07 - 1:50 pm
By Mmm
Grade A Fertilizer 7 July 19 - 12:04 am
By Test2
Urine specific issues 20 July 15 - 2:02 pm
By Knothead
Composting old clothes? 2 June 30 - 8:07 pm
By Demeter
Black Soldier Fly Larvae in compost bin 6 June 18 - 10:08 am
By Knothead
Composting in a 5 gallon pail 2 May 07 - 5:00 pm
By Ecointerest
Use of dirt or wood ash to cover humanure in bucket/bin 11 April 08 - 8:14 pm
By Bella
Red wigglers in humanure compost piles 3 April 05 - 12:50 am
By Bella
Methane, fires, and other safety issues 2 March 28 - 12:03 am
By Test2
Little flies 6 March 11 - 7:30 pm
By Test2
Coconut fiber (coir)? 3 March 07 - 12:44 pm
By Anon
What if -- (solar, rv, etc.) 3 March 05 - 7:07 pm
By Test2
Implications of cultural variables on success. 3 February 29 - 9:20 pm
By Jprokos
CAN DOG POOP BE COMPOSTED SAFELY? 13 February 28 - 8:14 pm
By Halipoo
White eggs and puffs in and around composting toilet. Help! 8 February 10 - 5:07 am
By Ecointerest
10 yrs old teak sawdust in compost 2 February 04 - 1:58 pm
By Joe
Cedar Sawdust? 4 January 22 - 4:05 pm
By Joe
Tampons 3 January 18 - 12:08 pm
By Lily
Composting Dog Poop 22 January 12 - 6:56 pm
By Knothead
Additional Safety Measures for Non Food crops 3 January 11 - 1:54 pm
By Test2
Pile not getting hot enough. 12 January 09 - 10:24 am
By Reg
Okay if I keep the food scraps separate? 9 December 09 - 9:47 am
By Jeffm
Permits 10 November 30 - 2:51 pm
By Ashlander
Composting our final human waste 2 November 24 - 12:13 pm
By Joe
Autumn Leaves 5 September 27 - 2:31 am
By Ecointerest
When to initiate first compost pile in coler climes? 3 September 27 - 12:30 am
By Utopian
Water in outhouse pit ? 2 August 12 - 12:00 pm
By Nancybeetoo
Smelling compost loo 6 August 08 - 2:36 pm
By Test2
Humanure Composting on a Membrane Roof in the City? 3 July 29 - 3:25 am
By Ian
Traveling Compost! 12 July 11 - 6:53 am
By Ecointerest
Humanure networking 1 July 07 - 8:25 pm
By Madeline2
Occasional use of Loveable Loo & composting 2 July 01 - 1:38 pm
By Manitobam
Sun Mar Overflow 2 June 27 - 9:21 pm
By Manitobam
Cold Climate (Zone 3) advice? 3 June 01 - 6:21 pm
By Joe
Using the finished compost... 8 May 27 - 5:27 pm
By Ecointerest
COMPOSTING MEAT 10 May 25 - 1:32 pm
By The_virginian
Clay soil and wet climate 2 May 25 - 1:19 pm
By The_virginian
Adding pathogen free waste during final year 4 May 19 - 11:35 am
By Joe
Bears!!! 5 April 25 - 9:17 pm
By Annestewart
New pile, mass vs heat 3 April 21 - 12:26 am
By Utopian
Heap created over old stair case 3 April 11 - 12:49 pm
By Compost_d
Compost Bin - Is Pressure Treated OK? 3 April 11 - 9:39 am
By Md_heath
Expanding your thinking, and your compost bins 4 April 06 - 4:49 pm
By Utopian
Doing == Learning 12 March 21 - 4:32 am
By Ecointerest
Stone wall compost bin possible? 3 March 07 - 3:18 am
By Md_heath
How much compost on a bed 7 March 04 - 7:30 am
By Knothead
How do you tell if your moisture level is adequate? 6 February 06 - 10:05 pm
By Test2
Is "coarse sawdust" suitable? 2 January 05 - 7:07 pm
By Nancybeetoo
Compost bin placement 18 December 18 - 11:50 pm
By Ken
Alternatives to Sawdust for us City folk! 12 November 20 - 3:42 am
By Ecointerest
Need a quick answer: Thermophilic composting without poop? 6 November 17 - 11:45 am
By Md_heath
Washing the bucket in the winter 6 November 12 - 2:39 am
By Ecointerest
Greywater ==> Potable Water 11 November 01 - 11:42 pm
By Runningbear
How much for sawdust in New England??? 6 October 18 - 8:38 am
By Aaron_in_nh
Humanure convert needs help...buckets stink, compost bin is full... 28 October 13 - 8:33 am
By Md_heath
Humanure Composting using multiple 55 gallon barrels 12 October 02 - 11:03 pm
By David_omick
Does the compost bin or aging site need direct sunlight? 3 October 01 - 2:56 am
By Md_heath
Composting in a flood plain? 5 September 26 - 6:50 am
By Ecointerest
Some General Startup Questions 38 September 17 - 4:28 pm
By Test2
How you manage food wastes from the kitchen and garden residues? 7 August 29 - 3:42 am
By Danilo
Anthill turns into compost pile 6 August 25 - 1:04 am
By Ecointerest
Biochar and leachate and Terra Preta 6 August 17 - 7:18 pm
By Ken
COMPOST THERMOMETERS 3 August 10 - 9:28 pm
By Joe
Bears and Compost Tumblers? 4 July 30 - 4:42 pm
By Knothead
How many here are composting humanure in tumblers? Questions... 4 July 26 - 11:05 pm
By Test2
Cat poop 7 July 26 - 3:52 pm
By Danilo
Extra heating of compost? 2 May 27 - 3:01 pm
By Rowan
Would you do this? from a book... 1 May 25 - 8:34 am
By Ohiogoatgirl
Maggots in my pile 3 May 24 - 2:12 pm
By Lumenos
Garbage can in outhouse what to do??? 4 May 16 - 7:26 pm
By Emasally
Need Experienced Humanure Composters' Feedback 9 May 11 - 3:55 pm
By Test2
How well are your humanure gardens doing? Pics! 2 May 10 - 2:34 pm
By Derekgripper
Maggots in my pile 4 May 06 - 10:59 pm
By Demeter
Lemons and Coconuts... Oh My! 3 April 27 - 7:36 am
By Knothead
Why don't boaters embrace composting? 8 April 25 - 9:56 am
By Knothead
Composting in winter- how many bins? 13 April 24 - 8:57 pm
By Cat
A compost pile made for two.... 3 April 21 - 3:27 am
By Catherine777
Help! ecoli concern 4 April 11 - 11:21 am
By Joe
Garbage can composting disaster 4 April 01 - 7:29 pm
By Sarblair
Composting On Rental Property 4 March 29 - 12:53 am
By Aaawelder
2 year old piles not what I expected... 8 March 16 - 12:35 pm
By Nancybeetoo
Urine separation 16 March 07 - 9:42 am
By Knothead
How many compost piles? 3 February 25 - 4:40 pm
By Burra
Thunderbox 4 February 15 - 10:10 pm
By Ecointerest
Old carpet 6 February 07 - 3:03 pm
By Utopian
Use of Urnie to Moisten Complete First Batch 6 January 14 - 11:59 am
By Shirley_pelland
"COMPOSTABLE" PLASTIC 9 December 13 - 3:15 pm
By Herb
Composting on a small sailboat 2 December 08 - 6:18 pm
By Joe
Peat Moss 2 December 04 - 3:26 pm
By Ecointerest
Compostin in the buckets 1 November 09 - 10:49 pm
By Lilithe
Toilet Paper 3 October 30 - 5:50 pm
By Meismeems
Can you use Pressure Treated wood to build the Humanure Hacienda? 2 September 15 - 4:38 pm
By Utopian
Managing the Composting Bin & Buckets 52 September 13 - 9:42 am
By Deirdrekent
Compost in garage? 2 August 26 - 12:04 pm
By Meismeems
Would this be an acceptable compost bin for 1 person? 2 August 02 - 6:31 pm
By Xenos
Shorten the composting time using machinery, is it possible??? 3 July 19 - 3:41 am
By Ecointerest
Dealing with too much carbon 13 July 17 - 8:53 pm
By Ecointerest
"solar" sawdust toilet 3 July 16 - 9:24 am
By Xenos
How much water is too much? 5 July 16 - 8:59 am
By Xenos
Just Started Our Humanure Compost Today 9 June 23 - 8:04 pm
By Ecointerest
Wire bins and experiments in planting into bins 1 June 22 - 5:51 pm
By Nancybeetoo
Sandy soil over large aquifer 3 June 16 - 7:58 pm
By Ecointerest
Mobile Compost Toilet -- for the RV 4 June 02 - 9:48 pm
By Creosote_composter
PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS 10 May 29 - 9:43 am
By Yppg
Would this work as a cover material? 2 May 18 - 8:52 pm
By Joe
Crappy Poetry! 5 May 07 - 12:59 pm
By Nancybeetoo
Cold pile :-( 7 April 25 - 12:02 am
By Paul Gutches
Effectiveness under unusual conditions 1 April 20 - 8:25 pm
By Bob Jarrad
150 degrees! 2 April 15 - 6:17 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Building compost bins....sun or shade? 7 April 04 - 12:01 am
By Joe Jenkins
Urine only composting 11 March 26 - 4:55 pm
By MJ Raichyk, PhD
How much humanure? 4 March 18 - 7:34 pm
By John D. Seibert
Emin 5 January 31 - 10:58 am
By Joe Jenkins
Our humanure caught FIRE!!! 4 December 18 - 11:28 am
By Joe Jenkins
Pathogen uptake in plant tissue - latest information 24 December 15 - 8:07 am
By Emma Holister
Composting on a paved courtyard with no soil base (plus thankyou letter to Joseph Jenkins) 8 December 14 - 8:11 am
By Emma Holister
Leaching 22 December 13 - 6:57 am
By Burra
"Luggable loo" 8 December 10 - 7:21 pm
By MJ Raichyk
Will the compost pile smell like poop ? 9 December 02 - 1:26 pm
By Emma Holister
The role(s) of cover material 3 November 23 - 12:03 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Composting in the 5-gallon bucket ? Will it work. 38 November 21 - 6:44 pm
By Al Chase
Dry high composting 3 November 18 - 10:22 pm
By billy wyman
Ants in cover material 3 November 17 - 10:28 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Large straw bales for composting bunkers 3 November 03 - 12:40 pm
By Menno Houtstra
Envirolet 2 September 17 - 12:37 pm
By Norm Routledge
Excess liquid, possible leaching issues/questions 4 September 10 - 6:22 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Cat pooping in vegetable garden beds 13 September 10 - 2:37 pm
By sunny day
Peat Moss 1 September 09 - 3:46 am
By test
Do I have to add dirt to make it work? 10 September 04 - 4:18 pm
By Joe Jenkins
I spend alot of money on good food and.... 8 September 02 - 11:54 am
By Nancy Charlotte
Meet Tommy! 3 August 27 - 3:03 am
By Burra
Growing mushrooms on humanure compost 1 August 24 - 8:46 am
By Tony Edwards
Humanure / sawdust ratio 2 August 24 - 8:35 am
By Tony Edwards
SAWDUST PROBLEMS? 6 August 19 - 5:59 am
By Andy Neil
Grey Water in cold climate 4 August 16 - 2:03 pm
By Tina Little
Eat Veggies from "Fresh" Compost Pile? 5 August 04 - 2:19 am
By Burra
Sawdust toilet on a sailboat 2 July 31 - 1:21 am
By Alan J Marshall
Humanure and coffee grounds for composting? 14 July 11 - 5:00 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Hay and straw in pile? 3 July 05 - 10:59 am
By JP
Do I need to stir the compost pile? 4 June 09 - 4:58 pm
By JP
Probably moving in a year 5 June 03 - 2:47 pm
By Olga Lobban
Shredded paper/cardboard as cover inside? 2 May 26 - 7:40 pm
By Joe Jenkins
What about wood ashes? 4 April 27 - 11:41 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Compost causing miscarriage?? 2 April 16 - 12:34 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Earth worms 9 February 01 - 8:09 pm
By TCLynx
3 Cats - How Manure? - outdoor / indoor ? 3 February 01 - 8:02 pm
By TCLynx
Using junk mail in composter 6 January 20 - 12:17 am
By jB
Winter home in the desert 5 January 20 - 12:02 am
By jB
Feedback needed on an idea for cold-climate humanure composting 4 December 25 - 12:49 pm
By Patrick
Seeds in compost pile 9 November 22 - 8:28 pm
By TCLynx
How often bucket needs replaced 4 November 22 - 8:12 pm
By TCLynx
Treebog or general compost and how Do I keep it alive? 4 September 07 - 8:59 pm
By TCLynx
Finished compost 4 August 06 - 11:44 am
By TCLynx
Moving the aging pile back to the garden 2 July 28 - 7:16 pm
By TCLynx
Compost bin side construction question 2 June 29 - 8:50 pm
By Rich
Ideas on Baby Poop 2 June 24 - 1:05 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Help! PT sawdust in bin 6 April 21 - 3:05 pm
By Patrick
Data from pages 34-35 of handbook 10 April 06 - 2:03 pm
By Iuval Clejan
Edges of Compost Pile 2 February 05 - 3:45 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Alfalfa as a composting medium 9 January 02 - 8:07 pm
By Ted
Carrot Pulp 2 October 14 - 1:52 pm
By Patrick Murphy
PT wood in bin construction? 2 September 27 - 11:26 pm
By Joe Jenkins
Cockroaches in compost, ack! 2 September 21 - 3:32 pm
By TCLynx
Camp composter 4 August 28 - 2:16 pm
By Mary Steigerwald
Contamination of compost pile from leaching 5 June 26 - 10:27 am
By Wayne
Weekend use 3 June 22 - 8:05 pm
By Wayne
GREYWATER SYSTEM 2 June 19 - 10:17 am
By Rangdrol
Time for new pile? 4 April 19 - 7:26 pm
By admin
How long before a new pile warms? 12 April 18 - 12:08 pm
By S. Infante
One seat or two? 3 April 02 - 9:17 pm
By Rangdrol
Oregon sawmills for sawdust? 12 March 09 - 3:05 am
By TCLynx
Bugs in cover material 2 February 27 - 11:36 pm
By TCLynx
Hair and PET plastic bottles 3 February 07 - 11:25 pm
By Stephen
Codes & Self-Built Composters 6 January 03 - 8:49 pm
By TCLynx
Waxed milk cartons, microwave popcorn bags, et cetera 3 January 03 - 8:36 pm
By TCLynx
Watering Compost in Dry Climates 4 November 19 - 11:17 pm
By admin
Chipped Trees from Tree Service for Compost Pile? 3 November 11 - 11:41 pm
By admin
Church of the Humanure 7 November 11 - 11:36 pm
By admin
Organic farming and humanure 5 October 21 - 3:24 pm
By Leo Glenn
Compost not hot enough 5 July 03 - 4:23 pm
By admin
Watch out for contaminated compost ingredients!! 5 February 13 - 7:28 am
By yousof
Municipal composting examples 3 January 21 - 9:57 am
By Larry
Compost use on food 2 November 19 - 10:12 am
By joe jenkins
Cloth diapers 2 October 03 - 9:06 pm
By admin
Disinfectant for Handwash 3 October 01 - 3:52 pm
By Larry
50 people walking 275 miles over 28 days... where to poop? 4 September 29 - 6:05 pm
By Anonymous
Critters in Compost 3 July 04 - 1:59 am
By Shae
Concerned with leaching 2 September 15 - 5:34 pm
By Anonymous
Moving compost piles 3 July 26 - 11:32 pm
By rt


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