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]
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]
How do I live off-the-grid... [more inside]
Where, in person, can I buy red wiggler worms for vermicomposting in Chicago?
Compost question: can I turn this gloopy wet black soldier fly manure into usable compost? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
My amazing awesome husband got me a composter! Yeah! Now what do I do with it? [more inside]
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?
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]
Recommendations for composting toilets, please. [more inside]
I'm going to start composting, and my city sells this composter for $25. Anyone ever use this beastie? Got any composting advice?
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.