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"Reboot" an inherited composter?

The prior owners of our house--and in all likelihood, the owners before them--had a composter. When we bought our house, the composter was about half full with matter. Is it necessary to "reboot" the composter to begin using it, or should we just start with what's in there? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Steer compost and vegetable gardens

I asked this question a couple weeks ago. Nothing is growing, although I have been watering faithfully every day. The tomato starts don't look particularly happy either, and the dill, oregano, and pepper starts have died (though the basil, sage, and cilantro look ok). [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me grow great greens

I suck at gardening. Past gardening efforts have ended in disaster (bug infestations, groundhog eating everything, plants dying for no obvious reason that I can see). This year, though, I would like for it to be different. I would like to grow my own leafy greens--kale, spinach, lettuces, chard, collards, etc. I'm not so interested in other things like tomatoes and peppers. Do you have any advice for exactly what I need to do to grow great greens? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 15, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I use my compost?

I have a 3-year old, ~28 cubic ft. compost pile in my backyard that is contained in an uncovered chicken-wire cylinder. I do not touch it aside from adding compostable material to it, but I haven't added anything for several months. What I can see on the top of the pile is not broken down. I don't know anything about using compost in gardens other than what I've Googled, and it all seems to be tailored for people who put way more effort into their compost than I do. What do I need to do to get it ready to put into my raised-bed vegetable garden this spring, and how, specifically, do I actually use it in my garden? Should I mix it in with a particular kind of soil, or should I put a layer of compost and a layer of something else? I have a shovel and some other very basic gardening supplies, but I don't have a pitchfork, and I cannot afford additional equipment like a tumbler. I've seen this previous question.
posted by quiet coyote on Feb 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Urban composting: where to begin?

Urban composting: where to begin? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I use compost tea in my indoor garden?

How can I best use "compost tea" on my potted herbs (and what should I avoid)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Raised Bed vs. Traditional Gardening

I have a plot in a community garden. I'm trying to decide if I want to use the raised bed/square foot gardening method or just use the soil that's already there. [more inside]
posted by chara on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Maggots ate my brain, er, compost

Hello, Backyard Gardeners! So, I went to check on my compost bin and discovered a maggot invasion (warning: kind of gross) and I'd like to know if you have any advice. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Sep 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Is a compost pile ever "done?"

Newbie composting question: How is your compost ever "done" if you keep adding new kitchen scraps and material to it? [more inside]
posted by mamessner on May 31, 2010 - 15 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

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost?

What vegetables are best to plant in a plot filled with unrefined compost? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 2, 2009 - 12 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

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