Composting and Well Water Question

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Author: bwaymark
Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 5:44 pm
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Hello,

Been reading the humanure and getting all excited about it. The only question is:

If you are composting your humanure using the method where you put a thick layer of straw down, how do you stop pathogens from leaking into your well water during heavy rains? Do you reckon a layer of straw is enough?

Thanks in advance to anyone with suggestions!

Cheers,


Ben.

Author: Anonymous
Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 5:55 pm
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I should think that if you experience really
heavy rains,then you can extend the roof of the
Composter over the compost bin,I like Joe Jenkins
designs and i asked him a similar question due to
our heavy rains and he said that theres no reason
you can't put a roof over the composter bin as
well as the cover materials.but of course, i was
concerned with leaching of nutrients washing away
rather than contaminants...most soil will filter
everything,unless you have a really shallow well,
in which case you should build a roof over compost

Author: Herb_Wis
Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 7:29 pm
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My compost bins are sort of sheltered under some balsam evergreen "Christmas" trees which not only break the force of hard rain somewhat, but lend a nice balsam scented fragrance to the air -- not that the compost bin has much smell because it doesn't.

Author: bwaymark
Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 8:13 am
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Lovely! That pretty much what I reckoned.

Thanks!

-Ben.

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