BigBill said:You are overlooking another source of compost material, kitchen waste.
Tea leaves, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, left over vegetables, eggs shells, etc. Don't you have any of these types of things?
BigBill said:I do about 1/3 organic material, 1/3 grass clippings and 1/3 soil. My bin is outside and I keep turning it over to mix it every week or so!
BigBill said:What manure are you talking about?
The organic material I use is vegetable peelings, banana skins, apple cores,etc.
I don't think about greens and browns.
I use kitchen waste, grass clippings right after I mow and soil. That is it. The bin is in my yard, on the ground and I know that it is ready for use when the compost is full of earthworms.
BigBill said:I am using my Grandmother's Old Family Recipe!!!
It worked for her family farming for years and years in East Granby, Ct. She was a farm girl. The system worked wonders on the family farm and for over 20 years when I was growing up next door on Long Island! She had some of the most beautiful Hollyhocks and Gladiolas that I have ever seen! Underneath them all you could always see egg shell fragments, grass clippings and coffee grounds.
Ratios, formulas, greens and Browns?!?!? Who cares??? Get down, dig in the dirt, take off the darn gloves and get your hands dirty!! Every time I plant and work in my gardens, I think of her. In all my years, I have NEVER SEEN A DARN BOOK DOING ANY WORK IN THE GARDEN!
"Stop reading and get digging!!!"
Grass and sawdust are both so finely textured, I think it will tend to pack, causing anaerobic (not enough air) conditions and bad smell. More stirring might help.
Compost is not as foolproof as many articles would make it sound.