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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Aug 9, 2014 4:30 PM CST
I looked and didn't find a forum dedicated to composting. May we have one here? I find composting fundamental and every time I start a new garden, I set up the compost first thing.

I was sharing a little about my compost in another thread, and realized I have a lot to share about various ways to compost, and how easy it is to get a good compost going if you know some basics.

At the same time, there are always variables and issues arise that even experienced composters need to investigate with others, so having a place to share about how we go with our composting would be very valuable to me.

Beginning composters can be put off by what seems like a complicated, smelly project, which can be made much easier with a little knowledge, and, as any experienced composter will tell you, if it's smelly, something is wrong. One great thing is, nearly everything that goes wrong with a compost pile can be fixed.

This is an old picture from a previous garden, of a compost that did quite well for me there.

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So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Aug 9, 2014 7:24 PM CST
There is a great permaculture forum here: http://garden.org/forums/view/permaculture/
with a lot of knowledgeable people. That may be a great place to post.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 9, 2014 7:51 PM CST

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We would definitely welcome compost discussions in the permaculture forum!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Aug 10, 2014 5:06 AM CST
I noticed the permaculture forum and it's on my list of places to visit. I'll check it out. And I'm very glad to see permaculture has a "voice" here. Green Grin!

Dave, thanks for fixing my newbie mistake too, and moving this thread to where it belongs. *Blush*
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Aug 10, 2014 6:29 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
Aug 12, 2014 9:12 AM CST
Welp, so far we're talking composting a lot in MAG --mostly me and Catmint who wants to get started soon. And I noticed a couple of topics on composting in the Cottage Garden forum too. Haven't yet managed to get too far into the Permaculture forum, but intend to make my way there.

I just thought I'd mention for anyone curious or interested that we do have a pretty active conversation going in MAG right now, so come on by if you like.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 12, 2014 11:56 AM CST
Kyla: I'm old but curious; What is MAG?
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Aug 12, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Hi Lin! I think it's the Mid Atlantic Gardening forum.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
Aug 12, 2014 12:12 PM CST
Yes, that's what I meant. Shoulda spelled it out! Green Grin!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 12, 2014 12:17 PM CST
Aaah ... I had no clue!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2014 12:22 PM CST
I see we have a thread asking about composting. It seems that there is a lot of interesting in having a 'Composting Forum'.
There are thread and posts all over the site, it would be great to be able to just go to a composting forum instead of having to search through so many different forums and threads. It is such an important topic and seems it should be easy to find.
I would definitely be visiting a 'Composting Forum'.
The thread "Soil & Composting forum?" in Site Talk forum
http://garden.org/search/index.php?q=composting&button=
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Aug 12, 2014 12:30 PM CST
I would definitely visit a specific composting forum too.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2014 12:36 PM CST
There is sure a lot of information scattered around ATP that would get a Composting Forum up and running.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 12, 2014 12:43 PM CST

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Lynn if you want to spend the time, give me a list of the threads that look like they belong and I'll make the forum and move them all in. Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2014 1:05 PM CST
Hurray! Okay, on my way. Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2014 1:38 PM CST
How does this list look?

The thread "Composting for Beginners" in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "composting and amending the soil." in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "composting and amending the soil." in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "Worm bins" in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "composting kitchen scraps" in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "Do Worms Hibernate?" in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "Composting in the desert?" in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "Composting grass that has gone to seed" in Soil and Compost forum
The thread "Composting Is For Everyone" in Soil and Compost forum
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Aug 12, 2014 1:47 PM CST

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Done! Thanks Lynn! The forum has been created. http://garden.org/forums/view/compost/
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2014 1:49 PM CST
Hurray!
Now that I can easily find all this great information maybe I will be more successful at composting. Thumbs up

Thank you so much Dave.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Aug 12, 2014 1:52 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I tip my hat to you.

I found a few more threads and moved them over, too. Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2014 2:03 PM CST
Thank you Dave. On my way to see what they are.
I find this most wonderful to find all this information in one place. Lovey dubby

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