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May 29, 2020 8:49 AM CST
Independence, KY
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Everywhere I read a different story. Some say a 2: 1 ratio, others 3: 1 others 1:1 and so on. Is there a reason for this? Is it all just guesswork?
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May 29, 2020 9:18 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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I use to two to one ratio.two brown to one green. That's what works for me.
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May 29, 2020 9:21 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Here's some reading to do about ratios of making compost. It's a lot to absorb.

My late husband made six compost bins and used them all for our vegetable garden. I can't manage to do that much work and now I've made a flower garden from the vegetable garden so it's not essential any more.
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I still do add to one of the old bins but, at this point and at 78, I don't get concerned about ratios.
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May 29, 2020 10:13 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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My 'bins' were two 2-sided 'corners' for ease of turning during the year and removing the compost at the end of the year. I added kitchen scraps (not meat or meat products), weeds that hadn't gone to seed, vegetable plants in the fall and once or twice a year, I cleaned the chicken coop (pine shavings and chicken poop). I didn't have a lawn and I didn't rake leaves so none of that was added (but would have been if I had them to add). I gave each bin a year to compost. I put a sprinkler on top of the post the two corner bins had in common that turned on with the drip irrigation sprinklers.

That's why I needed two bins: one was composting while the other was building. Amazing soil came out of those bins. No recipes or ratios needed.
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May 29, 2020 10:25 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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I have 4 bins that I made out of an old cedar deck, during the growing season its mostly grass and vegetable clipping, during the fall I had leaves that have went through the lawn mower, mix them up, normally get enough water from rain. Seems to work fine. Compost happens, I know not a great answer, but it probably works out to 3 to 1.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 29, 2020 11:34 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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If you don't have leaves, shredded newspaper is a fine substitute. I've been using it for years.
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May 29, 2020 1:55 PM CST
Independence, KY
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You are all so helpful and kind! Thank You! :
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May 29, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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You're Welcome ! Any problems, come back and ask. Composting is really pretty easy. Hard to get wrong.
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May 29, 2020 3:53 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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gardenfish said:If you don't have leaves, shredded newspaper is a fine substitute. I've been using it for years.


Rolling on the floor laughing I have to beg newspaper from the neighbor to feed my worms.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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May 29, 2020 4:34 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
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I only get get the Sunday edition now. The rest of the week it's online. I reserve my paper for certain things, like composting!
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
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