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My husband and I just bought a house and we negotiated for the previous owners to leave the seemingly unused compost bin. It's an Earth Machine. Composters of Metafilter, where do we begin? [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Mar 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Who Can Supply Compost Worms in the Bay Area For Pick-Up?

I have a vermicomposter ready to go but I need worms! Red wrigglers (Eisenia foetida) to be precise - a pound or two. The local worm vendors I found online haven't called me back and I'd rather get these locally instead of through the mail. What's a good local source for worms? [more inside]
posted by meehawl on Mar 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me ground my fantasy in reality with regards to off the grid living...

How do I live off-the-grid... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Feb 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Where, in person, can I buy red wiggler worms for vermicomposting in Chicago?

Where, in person, can I buy red wiggler worms for vermicomposting in Chicago?
posted by a robot made out of meat on May 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Fly poop --> compost?

Compost question: can I turn this gloopy wet black soldier fly manure into usable compost? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on May 23, 2010 - 7 answers

giftfilter: compost guide for a noob

My Mom has a birthday coming up. She's very interested in beginning to compost at her home. Can you recommend a good book, guide, or other handy something something that would be especially handy for an older (retired) noob that I could give as a present?
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Composter without a bin?

I want to compost, but don't have any good options at present. Can I just throw my organic waste into the bushes and let nature do its thing? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Nov 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Help me help my worms (stay warm). Vermicomposting in the Winter!

My worms are getting cold! I started a vermicompost this summer, in a big plastic bin on my balcony. It's working very well, but the temperatures have dropped and the little wrigglers are getting cold and slow. Two options: move the bin to my unfinished basement with a dirt floor, or try to insulate the bin well enough to keep them warm in their current location. The basement is probably best, but I'm worried about mice! Any suggestions to keep all of the critters happy? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Dec 1, 2008 - 14 answers

No more roast worms! Or worm-icicles, for that matter.

My amazing awesome husband got me a composter! Yeah! Now what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Jan 11, 2008 - 8 answers

I'm searching for an obscure organic hippy magazine from the 70's

I'm looking for a magazine from the early 70's that was geared towards natural hippy lifestyles, homesteading, composting, crafts, self-sustainability and organic gardening. Does this ring a bell with anyone and can you help me find some back copies?
posted by watercarrier on Dec 10, 2007 - 24 answers

Grindage

The local council is urging residents who live in a flat to get a food waste disposer (garbage disposal). Are these units an environmentally sound alternative to composting? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Jul 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Info on self-contained composting toilets

Recommendations for composting toilets, please. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Dec 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Composting Advice Needed

I'm going to start composting, and my city sells this composter for $25. Anyone ever use this beastie? Got any composting advice?
posted by RakDaddy on Apr 23, 2004 - 5 answers

Compost and Earthworms

Can I put earthworms into a rotating composter? I have one of those drum kinds that sit off the ground on a rack that spin around for aeration. The spinning takes the place of the earthworm action in the traditional pile, but I've heard that you can put worms in the spinning drums as well to speed up the decompostion process.
posted by archimago on Apr 12, 2004 - 11 answers

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