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BRB
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February 3, 2011 - 12:05 pm
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Hi STS,

Mixing in a handful of wood ash is a useful way to neutralize the acidic level. Try burning a few twigs and throwing the ash residue - a couple of handfuls from it into the bin.

no idea if mixing animal manure produces better compost or not!!Confused

 

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Hi STS,

 

Following materials are neutral in ph -

  Coconut coir

  brown cardboard

  newspaper

 

Also I read on the web that adding papaya to the compost can become very stinky and makes the compost materials sour(acidic). Since papayas have digestive enzymes it might potentially be capable of killing(basically digest) those worms.

Also it is better to dip the dry leaves or any dry matter in water, before you add into the bin.

 

Anandhi

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Hi STS,

Also adding cowdung really helps to speed up the decaying process in my experience. I guess goat dung is kind of like slow release in nature. It also takes a long time to decompose according to my knowledge. I would like to know from other people about this.

Anandhi

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BRB and Anandhi, Those were very valuable inputs. I have all the ingredients you mentioned - Wood Ash, coconut coir from the coconut we use at home, brown cardboard & news paper. Will add them this weekend. 

 

Cheers, STS

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geekgardener
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This is very nice and informative thread. Thanks to BRB, Aanandhi, and STS Can one of you write a article on composting (if possible with pictures?)? I will be more than happy to put it on the front page as this will benefit every one(ofcourse with due credits).

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aanandhi
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Hi GG,

I will try to come up with something nice in couple of weeks. As I am enthusiastically into preparing compost now, I would indeed like to share some of my basic ideas and experience that I have in composting.

Anandhi

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February 22, 2011 - 5:58 am
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Hi STS,

 Adding some wood ash / sawdust / newspaper/ limestone all these helps neutralize the compost. Try to avoid adding papayas  in your bin as this contributes to being acidic and smelly. Do not worry about those white worms. They are harmless. Only thing you need to ensure now is that the pot has enough drain holes as BRB's suggestion and help it to neutralize.

Good luck!

Anandhi

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Hi,

I am a new entrant to your forum and was browing thru the various posts. I have been composting at home now for a year and have successfully produced about 15 kilos of organic compost. I have been using the Daily Dump product and do visit http://www.dailydump.org/ Their website is packed with information and have several resource material to guide you.

Pratima

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hi

 

This sounds great  , my kids want me to try this offcourse with their help in this summer veccation ( as they had this in their science book  they know the importance) .

Pls advise step by step process Smile

 

Bini

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June 18, 2011 - 7:50 pm

I had been doing vermicompost but was a disaster. I am planning to do kitchen compost and have bought a few earth pots hoping to do compost in Dailydump style(copywrited by creative commons I believe). 

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AmitChugh
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June 19, 2011 - 8:37 pm

can anyone plz tell me the organic sources of n,p,k and other nutrients.like banana for potassium and egg shells for calcium. do you know more sources.

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July 2, 2011 - 8:48 pm

It is true that the n,p,k values come from the input materials, but the value of vermicompost comes from the active organisms they contain. These organisms help by making the existing nutrients in a more consumable form for the plant. But there are more plant available micronutrients(other than n,p,k) in vermicompost. Active biology cannot be easily quantified in terms of n,p and k.

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My 1 ft bin is full and its difficult to tumble or churn. I need one more bin or an empty container where I can take the whole thing out and add some dry/brown stuff. However along with not-able-to-tumble my problem is that the volume would increase. I can use 2 bins, what when it both gets full? Something struck me now - maybe I should carry the existing bin to hometown and bury it in Dad's yard. We visit them once in 2 months for sure and we can pick them up when its done!

 

Worms: Yes, I need them. But worms might be hard to find in Chennai (not in the rain map of India) just by digging leave alone red composting ones which camaroon mentions. Maybe I can travel to Kerala - dig up a feet there, take all the worms drive to Dad's place across the border, give him some, further drive to the east coast and use them in a bigger bin. However, how can I transport worms? Camaroon: How did you get it from Porur to Velachery? Dont they wriggle out of the box?

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July 4, 2011 - 7:30 pm

1 feet bin is probably too small for composting and should not be more than 3/4 full. I have two earth pots stacked on top of each other where one of them is about 3 weeks old and another with recent trash. I also seperate based on what can be fed to the worms and those that cannot. The worms are fed with 1 week's old trash. For composting I recommend starting with only vegetables. If successful then add fruits. Then proceed to startchy items. The last one(especially cooked rice) will most proabably end up with a stinky bin. Vegetables and to some extent fruits are safe bets.

 

I used to do vermicomosting in a tall plastic bin. For some reason the evnrionment was not good and worms starting moving out of the bin in large numbers. I transferred all the worms to another bin. My mom filled the entire one with neem leaves which are in abundance near my house. After 4 months it turned to black compost. I emptied this during the weekend and I found earthworms in the bottom of the pile. They must have hatched from the cocoons in previous bin. Looks like they do survive extreme conditions.

 

Regarding transporting worms, they are always packed with a lot of compost. Worms are sensitive to sunlight and burrow when exposed to light. They were put in regular plastic bag and did not wiggle out. I did this because for my first composting experiment I had brought worms from my native place, travelling around 400kms ~ 7 hours in my car. That is nothing compared to the porur trip.

 

I will try to post pictures of my composting experiment with the worms( if everyone can handle worm pictures) probably next week.

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